I purchased some LaMancha does at the end of April, and I have a French Alpine/Oberhasli cross buck. This is my first experience with breeding goats; one of our three does was pregnant when we got her and she had twins in early May, but the others had already kidded. From my research on them, they should start coming into heat in the fall. I have seen few obvious signs of heat from any of the does (Ebony-2 years old, Flora-8 years old, and Gracee-6 years old). The first of August, Gracee was acting really lovey towards me (she's usually sort of grumpy) and was rubbing on the fence that separates the does from the buck. The next day, Flora started being bucky for just a few minutes, flapping her tongue and whacking Grace in the side with her front leg the way our buck does to them. But after that one episode, I never saw that behavior from Flora again. Ebony doesn't like our buck at all; she just runs from him and cries if he shows interest in her. I put the buck in with them, but as he is really young, I don't know if he bred them. They didn't even seem too interested in standing still for him, but would run away when he tried to mount. That is the only possible heat signs I have seen from them, and it has been over a month without it happening again. The buck is in the pen with them still. He is six months old now, and definitely showing a lot of interest in mating--he won't leave them alone! But I wonder a little if he has actually been able to breed them, since he's not as tall as they are, and they just don't want to stand still. Gracee has been a lot more friendly and wanting to be petted, which is not normal for her. If they are pregnant, they are no more than a month in. I can't afford to have them blood tested right now, since my husband and I are both out of work. I don't see how I could have bought three does that all have silent heats. I'm not even entirely certain that they were in heat in September, because they wouldn't stand for the buck when I was watching them. But he may have bred them when I wasn't looking. What do you guys think? I also have a five month old LaMancha doeling that has not come into heat yet. Is that normal? When should I expect her to be in heat? I don't want to breed her until she grows some more, but I'm just curious about when she'll be ready. She's also very small--she and her brother are both about 30-40 pounds. I've looked at pictures of other kids the same age and they are bigger. A friend of mine who raises Nubians says that her kids are not growing right this year, and they are all smaller than they should be; she is not sure why. Is 'Bonnie' a normal size for her age, and being a twin? She's no more than 24 inches tall either. Her mother is fairly large and we don't know about the sire; this was an accidental mating before we bought them.