For real. Babies. Can have babies.
Nature is an incredible thing.
I have learned so many things about the birds and the bees since owning farm animals.
*photo taken just after Honey’s birth by previous owner
I had no idea that I would have to separate my boy babies from their mamas at 8 weeks.
I have a feeling you could guess why…
Then, I found out that if you don’t separate them from their sisters by 12 weeks you’re going to have trouble.
Maybe that’s why nobody wants to own a buck…
It seems like the more I learn the more complicated this farm stuff gets.
Why didn’t anyone tell me about this?
First of all, I thought I had done my research. Apparently not well enough…
Honey was our first goat baby, a wild little thing. We brought her home to our little urban homestead in the fall of 2014 at 3 months old.
We have been waiting for her to be old enough to breed ever since. She is FINALLY due any day. *UPDATE* – She had her babies this morning!
* Honey last summer around her first birthday.
Wait a second? Didn’t I just say that female goats could breed at 12 weeks?
Why yes I did. Thanks for paying such good attention. 😉
But should they breed at 12 weeks? The answer is simply no.
I wanted her to be at least a year old before she got pregnant. I wanted her to be healthy and strong.
Did you know that goats aren’t technically full grown until age 3?
Yea, neither did I. Hence, the missing research connection…
Then we had the question of how she was going to get pregnant.
Pregnant goat = MILK, that was the main goal.
The super adorable baby goats are just a perk. 😉
So, we bought a buck. Then we bought another buck so he wouldn’t get lonely.
But they were both babies.
No problem, right? Boy goats are fertile when they are babies.
At 2 months old. Did I mention that?
Of course, there was still a problem a newbie goat owner like me wouldn’t think about.
Are you a newbie too? What do YOU think that it could be?
Can’t handle the suspense? Join me back here on Thursday to find out!