Do you think he's old enough?

Discussion in 'Dairy Goat Info' started by goatkid, Nov 4, 2007.

  1. goatkid

    goatkid New Member

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    I brought a nice Nubian buckling home to use on my doelings. He just turns 5 months old this week. He had been living with his dam and my friend's other milkers. She has not seen him breed a doe, but he was sniffing a doeling and doing the lip thing when I was over there today. I put him in my buck pen, but the older bucks are too aggressive with him. I tried putting the most aggressive buck in with three doelings, but they also didn't want to be around him, so it seems the best solution all around was to put the buckling with the three doelings. These are doelings I want bred this month. The buck kid seems a bit small yet and not doing bucky behavior with them. Do you folks think he'll be able to get the job done?
     
  2. Truly

    Truly New Member

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    Well, Buster is just barely 6 months and he is getting the job done with gusto.

    Is your little guy unsheathing? Is he peeing on/all over himself? Those would be signs I would look for.

    Buster isn't as nasty as Astro, but he is learning well. :ugh
     

  3. goatkid

    goatkid New Member

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    Rocky is black so it's hard to know if he's ever peed on himself, but he doesn't stink like the big boys. I wouldn't have noticed if he'd stunk a little because by the time I got him to bring him home, I'd been in contact with bigger bucks and I smelled like a buck, myself. He hasn't unsheathed or peed on himself that I've seen since I've had him in with the doelings today. Of course, he's probably feeling a bit scared in a new place and just taken away form his mother and sister today.
     
  4. MayLOC

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    Last year our late may buckling settled 7 does and 3 doelings at about 4.5 months old. He was not showing any bucky behavior at all; no peeing on himself, no lip curling, no unsheathing or anything. We did however choose to pen breed with him for these reasons and he did mostly all his breeding at night, but he settled all his does the first heat with him. This year he is a nasty, stinky, wet peeing monster who tries to breed anything that walks past his pen, including our pyr/anat. dog :rolleyes, but boy it is nice to be able to hand breed with him and not leave any milkers for him to stink up :biggrin

    oh, I should add that he was about 95 pounds when we put does with him last year at that age, so he was a sufficient size.

    good luck, hope yours gets "manly" ...for your does :lol
     
  5. BlueHeronFarm

    BlueHeronFarm New Member

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    We brought in a March buckling. We got him in September and at first he was not rutty. After about two weeks, he started in with gusto. Now we can hardly stand to be around him. He's sweet as can be, but Oh, MAN, the smell of him. I'd give your guy a couple weeks to get comfortable at his new home and would bet he'll get busy then. :)
     
  6. cheesewhiz

    cheesewhiz New Member

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    Our junior herd buck went from the bottle to the breeding pen at four months old and he is having the time of his life. He is plenty big compared to the girls.
     
  7. Theresa

    Theresa New Member

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    The buck I used last year was 6 months old when he went in with the girls. I never saw him breed anyone so he must have bred at night. But all of them kidded this year so I know that he did his job. And he was not stinky then. This year, well, that is another story. He is really stinky!!! But my 2 younger bucks are not stinky at all. Well, maybe a little from being in the same pen as the older buck.
     
  8. goatkid

    goatkid New Member

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    Magic, one of the doelings, came into heat yesterday. Rocky didn't seem all that interested. I decided that if she still seemed to be in heat today, I'd breed her to the Alpine buckling and that way it would be obvious who the sire was. Well, this morning when I walked out my door, I looked over at the pen and saw Rocky mounting her. I didn't want to scare him off, so I kept my distance. I couldn't see from where I stood if he had actually unsheathed, but from the way he was acting, I think he completed the act. So, the Alpine buckling had to stay in the buck pen, and hopefully, Rocky got the job done. :goat
     
  9. MayLOC

    MayLOC New Member

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    :handclap Way to go Rocky!
     
  10. goatkid

    goatkid New Member

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    I think he's just a shy boy. Today I saw him start to unsheath to pee on himself. When he noticed me looking, he put himself back, like "oops, I don't want to be caught doing this".