The heavens have aligned and yesterday was the day that we separated the group of girl goats into two (intended breeders and those who will not be bred). And it also worked out that we were able to grab Reddog the buck and put him in with the intended four does. We planned for every eventuality, going into battle calmly and carefully (if you have ever handled a buck in rut, you will know what I mean!).
Oh my! I try to get the buck in with the does when none of the girls is in heat so they get used to each other for awhile before the buck gets to do his thing. (Bucks are very aggressive with the does, and sometimes I think the girls get scared and will do their best not to have anything to do with the big stinkpot, even when it’t time). This time it worked as planned, none of the girls is in heat at this point.
When we put his stinky butt in with the 4 girls, he went absolutely nuts! The first doe in his sights was Beezus, the extremely shy brown doe. He chased her around the paddock with his nose up her tail, until he realized that she is not in heat. And he did that for each of the girls in turn. It was very funny for us, although probably not for the does. In time, the action ratcheted down, and you could see all the girls relaxing. So we left them to their own devices for the night.
Today things continued to be fairly low-key, but every once in awhile you can see Reddog catch a whiff of something interesting, and off he goes to investigate. A lot of that involved trying to get a sniff of the girls in the next paddock… it’s always greener!
And so we wait to see how things go. Reddog was only able to breed one doe last year, and I am desperately hoping that he has grown up and can meet the challenge!