Breeding

Discussion in 'Beginners Goat Raising' started by D&D Farm, Oct 20, 2020.

  1. D&D Farm

    D&D Farm Member

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    Apr 9, 2020
    Houston, Texas
    So we got confirmation that our two girls are pregnant. This is our first year breeding. We do want to grow our herd. Although we are not sure how to do this without inbreeding. Any advise or tips would be appreciated!
     
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  2. NigerianDwarfOwner707

    NigerianDwarfOwner707 Well-Known Member

    May 17, 2018
    East Coast, USA
    There's too much to write!!

    Read the forum, buy books, watch youtube birth videos! (dance)
     

  3. NigerianDwarfOwner707

    NigerianDwarfOwner707 Well-Known Member

    May 17, 2018
    East Coast, USA
    AND DON'T FORGET to correct any mineral or nutrient deficiencies!
     
  4. D&D Farm

    D&D Farm Member

    55
    Apr 9, 2020
    Houston, Texas
    I’ve been feeding extra loose minerals twice a day for them.
     
  5. NigerianDwarfOwner707

    NigerianDwarfOwner707 Well-Known Member

    May 17, 2018
    East Coast, USA
    Their loose minerals should be free choice 24/7 all you can eat so I don't quite understand what you mean.
     
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  6. ksalvagno

    ksalvagno Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    First worry about successful births. Then worry about kids growing ok and getting enough milk. Then worry about breeding.
     
  7. D&D Farm

    D&D Farm Member

    55
    Apr 9, 2020
    Houston, Texas
    Ok so it seems like we may have babies soon!!! I’m starting to worry. I meant that I refill it twice a day.
     
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  8. D&D Farm

    D&D Farm Member

    55
    Apr 9, 2020
    Houston, Texas
    We have two does that are pregnant. I can’t feel the ligaments on one of them and I haven’t checked the other one yet. Could we put them in the same stall or should we separate them?
     
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  9. ksalvagno

    ksalvagno Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    If this is your first time, I wouldn't go by ligaments. Do you know when they are due?
     
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  10. D&D Farm

    D&D Farm Member

    55
    Apr 9, 2020
    Houston, Texas
    It is their first time and ours LoL.
     
  11. MadHouse

    MadHouse Well-Known Member

    It depends on how they get along. If my two does were due around the same time, I would not have them in the same stall for birthing. Some does might be ok together, maybe if they are sisters and always get along.
    Do you have an approximate due date?
     
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  12. AndersonRanch

    AndersonRanch Well-Known Member

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    Oct 17, 2020
    California
    I would play it safe and just split them. I’ve had ones kid together and one took all the kids and beat up the other one and she wanted nothing to do with them out of fear. Or kids that have no real idea who mom is goes to the not mom and gets beat up or real mom looses her mind from hormones and beats up the other one. And a lot of times all goes well. I would just split them though until you get a idea of what they do this round.
    And I can’t wait to see babies!!!
     
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  13. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Corning California
    Stall them separate at night, to where they can see each other. ;)
     
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  14. MadHouse

    MadHouse Well-Known Member

    How are your girls?
    Any babies yet???
     
  15. D&D Farm

    D&D Farm Member

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    Apr 9, 2020
    Houston, Texas
    Any day now. I can see the babies moving and feel them kicking.
     
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  16. MadHouse

    MadHouse Well-Known Member

    (woot)Good luck!!!!
     
  17. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Corning California
  18. Goats Rock

    Goats Rock Member

    Jun 20, 2011
    NE Ohio
    Generally, goats kid without too much trouble. You do want to try and be there. Have on hand at least- something clean to set new babies on (puppy pee pads work good) a towel to help dry if mom isn't doing it, navel dip (iodine) and rubber gloves in case you need to "go in" and reposition a stuck kid.
    From the start of pushing labor or obvious serious discomfort to the kid being out should not be longer than 20-30 min.

    After the birthing- a lot of does appreciate a bucket of really warm (not hot) water. About 103ºF. They get chilled after the birth.
    There are great kidding articles on The Goat Spot. Best of luck to you and your does.
     
  19. lottsagoats1

    lottsagoats1 Well-Known Member

    Apr 12, 2014
    Middle Maine
    I like to give them warm molasses water. I add the molasses and stir until it is the color of a cuppa of tea.
     
  20. MadHouse

    MadHouse Well-Known Member

    Any babies?
    Hope all went well!