I have a question about breeding ages. I have a lovely girl who was born Easter weekend. I'm looking at getting a buck and would expect to put them in together (if at all) by December/Jan (hoping for late April/early May babies).
Would she be too young? Our breeder says she's ok and I really respect her so feel mostly fine with it -just wanted more input.
I know I have an early February doeling, and she is definitely not ready and won't be for a while. I am not judging her by age, but her size and weight. Get a weight on your girlie to start. I think the ND goal is at least 40 lbs. Some girls mature quickly than others.
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Thanks to both of you. As far as her size, I will try to get a weight on her but she's just about the same height as my mature doe and definitely as wide (she's such a greedy thing - she'd need to lose weight I think!).
You make a great point though - her health is more important than her age!
I know in the nigie (mini) world we worry about this. Some are in the group to have them kid by ~ a year old because they don't want to keep a doe that isn't what they want any longer than needed and they believe the doe will become thicker if noe bred early. Never understood the last part but I march to my own tune.
Size and width at thurls is an issue for me. I did go ahead and breed my 17.5" girl who I believe was stunted when I brought her in due to lack of minerals. She kidded just fine but she wasn't a yearling either.
I have kidded out a few at ~ a year old and didn't think it was worth it. I usually wait till they are a year old.
I was told that you don't want to breed them any younger than 10 months (given they are of good weight and body condition) but the ideal age would be a year. So to me I'd say anywhere from 10 months to a year depending on each doe.
I bred a doe at eight months, and although it went okay and she was a GREAT mom, I wouldn't do it again. It was tough for her to get those babies out, even though she was a great size when she was bred.
Thanks everyone. I really appreciate the input. my gut was feeling she was in the young side - she's a lovely girl and a good size but not very adult acting yet... which makes me wonder if she'd be able to handle it all. Maybe that's just me anthropomorphizing but I can't help it lol!
I don't like to breed any of my does to kid beyond mid March...just my preference as far as how hardy my babies are at that time of year.
I have a doeling that I retained this year that was born March 8th...she's almost 3/4 the size of her dam in height and length and she weighs 47lbs.... BUT because she's just 7 months old and still a baby, and still has a baby face I won't breed her until next September. I feel that even if they are growing at a steady rate, they need to have the mental maturity to be expected to handle a pregnancy as well as a birth and rearing. I'm undecided though as to wether or not I should try for my very first Fall births and have her bred in April for September kids...I'm not sure I like the idea of having a doe pregnant through the heat of Summer nor am I sure I can expect kid sales at Thanksgiving.