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What is the normal lifespan of a goat? How old is too old to breed a doe? Lastly, do you supplement your older goats with anything like glucosamine or....?
 

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They can live a long time, and it varies a lot. Average is about 12 years, but they can live as long as 20 or as short as 8 years.

IMO, age doesn’t play as much of a factor as condition and health. You can breed them as long as they look nice and healthy and haven’t had age-related birthing complications. I’ve seen does break down at 8 years but some still breeding at 12.

We have a pretty young herd, since we don’t have room to retire more than a couple does. Our oldest turns 10 in November, and we only have a few 7-8 year olds. We currently don’t supplement them any different.
 

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They generally live longer if the females are not bred and the males are neutered.
Last year, I saw a goat on instagram that was 21 years old! :eek:

Our wether George is 12 years old and still acting pretty normal. :) We do feed him an alfalfa pellet mush every day because his teeth are not as good as they used to be.

Here's a thread where someone used horse cosequin to treat goat arthritis: https://www.packgoatcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?tid=260&pid=4446#pid4446

https://www.packgoatcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?tid=1028&pid=6871#pid6871

We have not had an issue with arthritis though. We got some MSM powder in case though.
 

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My 2 older does are 12 and 13 years old. They haven't been bred in probably 5 years. Freesia, the 13 year old was an amazing mama.
 
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