Are they steady growers or are they 'spurters'?(they have alot of growth spurts)
I like to only breed my steady growers, because I know that if I don't breed them, they will just get fat and I don't want that to happen. My doelings that grow in spurts, I hold over as dry yearlings, regardless if they are big enough to breed this year.
I had some big doe kids this year, the ones I bred were 80lbs at 5-6 months of age! I usually wait until at least 8 months old to breed them though.
How big were there Moms ? I like to wait until my girls are close to 100lbs . If you do breed them now just make sure you have a good feeding plan so they continue to grow as they are growing babies. Lots of calcium.
They are not actually 80 pounds now. They weigh 65 pounds each and will be 5 months old in about a week. They are growing very steadily and I am guessing they will be at least 80 pounds in February. Their mother is about 125 and will be 2 in Jan. Their sire is I am guessing about 175.
i usually don't breed the first year. i like to wait till they are two but that is just me. i did breed a yearling last year but she was over 100 lbs & would be over ayear old when she did kid. i also have one this year that was born in late feb. she is as big as my yearling doe so i will wait till late dec to bred her. if your doe is only 5 mo old i think i would wait. she still has alot of growing to do & needs all of her calcium & protein for her self.
I have decided to wait. I will breed them early in the fall around August-September. I think that is best for their and the kid's health, which is more important. They haven't been growing much lately, anyway.