Originally Posted by Goat Lady
I'm sorry for being impatient
... Thank you for the responses. I really don't want to miss our first breeding season...
I love this forum, and hope to get to know other goat folk better. It seems like such a great place for information!
Be sure you want to milk goats during the holidays if you breed them now. You will have babies born around Christmas and New Years and will be very tied down. Last year I had a goat deliver Christmas Eve, we had to wait for the babies to be born before we could leave to be with our family out of town. Fortunately, this was a Boer goat and we did not need to milk her. However, it was nerve wracking to drive off leaving two wet babies that we had only seen nurse one time.
This year, I am not breeding any goats that will have me tied down during the time I have another grandchild being born....I don't want anything tying me to the farm so i can be gone as long as needed. I have does coming into heat right and left right now but they all have to wait.
I will be breeding all my does in late Sept or oct and have all my kids born close together. That is the plan. I did that 2 yrs ago and things went smoothly. This year, I had kids born from Dec to June and it was rough...it had to do with goats being all diffenent ages and sizes to breed...never again!
So my point is, be sure you think ahead to when you want those babies here and when you are ready to milk twice a day and then breed those does.
I have Lamanchas and they have been cycling for a month or so now, one for several months. So yours are probably ready now as well. Just get to know them as as been posted above. Any wetness of the vulva that is not urine is a sign of heat. Any mounting of another goat or calling out.....and don't worry about missing your first breeding season..it should last until January and even february in some cases....so you have time.