17 months is great. Personally I like to breed the does when they are around a year. This year I have 2 that are gonna be around 15 months when I breed. Unless the doe is incredibly large I don’t breed before 10 months. I think a lot of people would say that it depends on size and maturity more then age. Just my thoughts.
Okay good to know. I have heard a lot of opinions and I know in the end its more of a personal decision but I wanted to ask and see what your guys opinions were.Lots of people have lots of different opinions on this one lol. Some say if you don't breed them by a year old they get fat and unproductive. Some say if you breed them under a year it stunts their growth. It really depends on the lines and growth of your animal. A common rule of thumb is 8 months and 80 pounds, or 3/4 the size of an adult. ( for minis it is 8 months and 45 lbs.)
I made a thread like this last year. I ended up breeding my ND at 10 months and my Nubian at 9 months. The third was too young to breed last year. Both did well and had easy births and are in good condition. I can't say how the third will do as she will be bred this fall at 19 months.
I will say if I could go back I probably wouldn't have bred the nubian. She looks a tad smaller than other nubians I've seen, and I'll probably let her dry off when I sell the kids to let her fill out before breeding in the fall.
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I have been giving her a handful of this once a day and she does get some grain. I don't know.... I'm not going to be disappointed if i don't breed her mainly because I want her to have enough nutrients for herself and her babies. And because she has had three kiddings in under 2 years, and the last time she gave birth to triplets. What do you think? Should I wait?How healthy is she? Is she of good weight?