How to tell if your goat is in heat
How can you tell if your
goat is in heat? If you've got a buck around, she'll suddenly be
interested in him. But even without a buck, heat signs are pretty
obvious once you know your individual animals.
Abigail's in heat, she stands outside even when it's damp (despite
hating water). And she yells even though she's usually nearly silent,
emitting long, bleating moans that sound like she's dying. I can only
assume she thinks she'll manage to call a buck into her pasture if she
yells loud enough.
A less obvious sign (but
pretty striking in Abigail) is lack of an appetite. In the photo above,
you can see her less dominant herd mate sneaking Abigail's breakfast.
Usually, poor Artemesia would have been butted off the milking stand by
now. But when Abigail's in heat, she's far more interested in yelling
If you're looking to
breed your goat, you'll want to mark each heat on your calendar so you
know when to expect the next one. Goat heats are usually about three
weeks apart, and once your goat goes into heat you have anywhere from 6
hours to 3 days to get her bred.
Since Artemesia has now gone four weeks since her last heat, we're relatively sure her driveway date stuck and she's pregnant. So mark your calendar for late April --- hopefully she'll pop out at least one girl!
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