Nigerian heat question

Discussion in 'Dairy Goat Info' started by mommaB, Jun 12, 2012.

  1. mommaB

    mommaB KK Snowd'n Acres

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    I have been raising them for 5 years now. I know they cycle year round, and come into heat younger than standard breeds. However I have a few 6-8wk old doelings who I could SWEAR are in heat? I'm talking flagging, a teasing stand, gooey hoo haa, all the heat signs. I have just never seen them come into heat so young? Any Nigi breeders ever see this? Anyone have experience with this?
    Thoughts appriciated! Thanks.
     
  2. NWgoats

    NWgoats New Member

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    My miniatures also exhibit signs of heat around 8 weeks.
    Whether or not it is an actual heat and they could get
    bred, I don't know. I mentioned this to a friend of mine
    and she was shocked. Said none of hers had ever done
    that at that age. In the five years I have kidded out does,
    every year the my doelings have started at around 8 weeks.

    Whether or not it has anything to do with it or not, my
    bucks are penned less than 100 feet away. :shrug
     

  3. mommaB

    mommaB KK Snowd'n Acres

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    Thank you for the reply! My bucks are penned quite a ways away, but all the young kids are together. None go over 8 wks before wethering though. I agree I don't think it's a "true" heat, but maybe they are just going through that stage of development? Which I guess it makes sense? The little bucklings start displaying their "buckiness" at a couple of days old, they just can't really do anything quit yet...
     
  4. swgoats

    swgoats New Member

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    Weird, wonder if it could be certain bloodlines? Mine have never shown signs of heat that early, and my bucks are kept right next to them sharing a fence line.
     
  5. MRFBarbara

    MRFBarbara Guest

    Mine do show signs of heat that early, while I don't believe they can "take" it is something that I do not chance..
    My buck babies start in trying at just a few days old, but they cannot unsheath it.. so they cannot breed the does..
     
  6. Epona142

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    I know (personally) someone whose Nigerian doeling went into heat at a month old and kidded a tiny single doeling at 6 months old.

    Insane.
     
  7. mommaB

    mommaB KK Snowd'n Acres

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    ^ oh goodness!! That IS crazy!
     
  8. smithurmonds

    smithurmonds New Member

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    The youngest I've seen a full on, raging heat in one of my ND kids was at 12 weeks. She was a hearty, well grown out kid and was at the fence flagging, hollering, discharging, the whole nine yards. She certainly would have been bred if given the chance.
     
  9. swgoats

    swgoats New Member

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    Bucks definately at 12 weeks too! I had to pull one last night. I have one Nubian doe that didn't get bred, and apparently she's cycling now. I really hope I don't have a Nov kidding!
     
  10. In it for the Bucks!

    In it for the Bucks! New Member

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    All my mini mancha girls act like they are in heat at 4-6 weeks!! And my little bucklings sure do try at a week or less. I haven't had one get the bucks too excited. Or atleast they haven't tried to mount that I have seen and my doelings can get right in with my bucks till they are 8 weeks old. I like that they are that way. To me it means that they will be ready whenever I am to breed. Weather it be at 7 months (which I like to start breeding) or later. To me that shows that they are going to be breedable. :)