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Does it matter when during her heat you put the doe & buck together when hand breeding? If she is standing can it still be too early? For example, this morning I had a doe in heat so I put her in a stall with the buck. They successfully bred at least 3 times. This evening she is still in a strong heat. Was I too soon this morning? I know when doing AI with cows I had to be careful breeding too early but I don't know if that is true for live cover with goats. I can try putting them back together but it is a hassle and also it seems like the 7 month buckling runs out of mojo
 

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She will still run through her heat cycle. We pen breed here and once I see 3 Good visuals, I remove the love birds to their own pens and the doe will still scream, flag and protest the separation until her cycle runs its course. 99 %of the time..she does not return in heat.
 

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Y'all really know what your doing. I would be worried they didn't get bred. I like to leave the doe with her prince charming till heat cycle is complete.
Hand breeding is what I do. I do not like leaving them in with the buck for days because I want an exact due date. Normally ill let them breed 3 good times then remove the doe for an hour, and then put her back in till night feeding. Then she goes back with the other gals lol
 

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She will still run through her heat cycle. We pen breed here and once I see 3 Good visuals, I remove the love birds to their own pens and the doe will still scream, flag and protest the separation until her cycle runs its course. 99 %of the time..she does not return in heat.
How do you tell when they're for sure in heat? That's my biggest problem lol. One of mine gets swollen lady parts and another will act super sassy, but my other two don't show any signs that I can tell of.
 

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How do you tell when they're for sure in heat?
Every goat is different but main signs are they yell for the buck..loudly,
tail flagging,
messing rears,
acting flirty with other Does,
riding other Does,
pacing the fence line,
some won't eat,
milkers may not cooperate on the table
Milk products an drop
 

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There are those who have a silent heat and hard to tell when they are ready for a buck. Those I watch super close. They may just stand by the fence staring at the bucks. Learn each your Does behavior. Good luck
 

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If in doubt, put them close to a buck. He will know!
but what if u just have an energetic buck that is desperate for the ladies? i had one once that would get on them every single day for like a month straight.. i was hand breeding that year and i was so confused cuz every morning and every night i'd bring them by him and he'd go crazy.
 

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but what if u just have an energetic buck that is desperate for the ladies? i had one once that would get on them every single day for like a month straight.. i was hand breeding that year and i was so confused cuz every morning and every night i'd bring them by him and he'd go crazy.
I find that the does are usually not very receptive to the buck's attentions when they aren't really in heat. So putting them together for a few minutes will usually let you know one way or the other..
 
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