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My doe is obviously in heat, and I have but the buck in the pen with her. I've seen him mount her numerous times. Is there a minimum time I should leave them in there together?
 

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Not a dumb question at all :D

I like to see three good visuals...some will leave for a few days to be sure...
 

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Thanks. I couldn't find anything on here, so googled the question. I read that he should not service more than one doe a day, as it could be stressful to his system. That made me start worrying that the multiple times he had out there might be too taxing. Ha! :p
 

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lol..Mine service many in one day..feeding well while in rut is important since it does takes alot out of them...they tend to drop weight..
 

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We usually put two or three in at a time & pull the ones who've been covered but I always leave at least one or two for a week or two, then bring in another small batch.
Be monitoring his water intake & make sure he is eating enough. They do get distracted.
 

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I'd leave her in there for as long as she is allowing him to mount. After that, I'd take her out.

Edited to add that I mean 'no longer' as in, she is no longer interested or in standing heat. We've had does stand for 2-3 days, then others for about a day.
 

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I like to just watch for 3 successful breedings and then leave the doe in with my guy for the day. I take her out at dusk and usually that's it. If the doe is in standing heat the next day I may put her in for a couple again, but only for an hour unless I don't feel like she was covered that well the day before. Which, with my inexperienced buckling has happened. :p

I just try to give my guy good minerals and time to relax. I only have 3 does for him to breed so he hasn't had to do too much this year.
 

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Bucks have evolved to breed many does in a short period of time, so an adult buck should be able to handle a herd by himself. In the wild, the youngsters wouldn't be allowed to breed by the older bucks so they might sneak in one of 2 does when the older bucks were busy. Too many does can damage a young buck, even though he is usually more fertile than an older buck!

My 2 bucks forget to eat their hay. They will eat their grain and beet pulp but their hay? Nope!
 

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I keep my buck in with the girls until the following month so if anyone got missed or didn't take the first heat. My buck bred 10 does with in a week. 4 on one day. He did lose the most of his weight in that week but he still looked good for being in a hard rut.
 

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I read that he should not service more than one doe a day, as it could be stressful to his system.
Hmmm, I guess I've got stressed out bucks. I've seen them service 2 or 3 does a day on several occasions and that was just when I was watching! :laugh:

PS I leave my bucks in with the girls for 60 days - sometimes longer if it is unusually hot or the weather is whacked.
 
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