This is something you have got to hear.
Well at least I think it is interesting… Do you already own some girl goats? Do you want to breed them so you can drink their delicious milk every day? Have you ever thought about taking the plunge and purchasing a buck or two in order to simplify breeding? Or are you just someone who thinks goats are adorable, and fascinating?
If so, I was right in your shoes.
We (I) decided it would be a good idea to bring home 2 does (female goats) to our 1/4 acre urban backyard almost two years ago. One of these ladies was supposed to be bred, but soon after bringing them home we realized that was not the case. The goal was to have milk. A 5 month gestation seemed like a long enough amount of time to wait, but when we found out she wasn’t really pregnant I was devastated.
Fast forward almost a year and some heartache.
We had found the perfect property and moved to a new house on 5 acres. We decided to keep our two goats. A friend of mine was willing to keep them while our house was on the market, and during our move. For some reason Gabe thought buyers might not be as interested in our house once they found goats and chickens roaming the backyard. 😉 After we were starting to settle in to our new home we realized that we had goats, but we still didn’t have our end goal. Milk.
We didn’t even have a pregnant goat so that goal was more than 5 months away.
I weighed the pros and cons about finding a buck to breed our with. We decided that it would be too difficult for me to figure out when my goats were in heat. Then if we did figure it out I would have to drop everything to take them on a “date” with a buck of my choice. With 4 little people in tow…
Luckily we were able to find 2 does in milk from a wonderful family.
So, while my husband was on a business trip I drove all of the kids 30 minutes away to pick them up and our herd of two became a herd of 4.When I went to pick the girls up they let me milk each of them. They both had perfect manners on the stand. The family also taught me a great milking technique. That all helped make the transition to goat milking much easier for me! I was so proud of myself that I started a milking routine, twice a day, with absolutely no experience. All with 4 kids to get to bed every night (including a 1-year-old), and a couple of dogs that kept
escaping wandering, all while Gabe was away. For some reason we tend to gain new animals while he is gone quite a bit. 😉
Just a few months of milking the girls got me hooked and I knew that I wanted to keep milking. So we decided to plan for the future and invest in another goat in milk, and her son, our own little buckling.
We were finally ready to breed our first two goats! The ones we had now owned for a year. The problem is that the boys were not as prepared as we had hoped they would be. They have the ability to breed at 8 weeks right? Oh yes, they really can…
IF they can reach.
To be continued… 😉