…and how, is the question. I came home today to Fatty-fat bleating away at me relentlessly. This was unusual because she is normally a very self-sustaining, quiet goat. Today, however, she was insistent and seemed so ‘needy’ that she convinced me I needed to go into the goat pen to see if anything was wrong; I ended up staying and cuddling with her for a while.
Within seconds Malcolm joined in the snuggle-fest; he’s not one to let such an opportunity go unattended. At first I thought she was wanting some scratching in places that horns just can’t reach, then Malcolm made me think twice: he fake mounted her. I went over to my bench to contemplate. Then it occurred to me that Fatty-fat might be in heat–but I’m not sure how to tell. I think her vulva might be a bit more pink than normal, but then I can’t say for certain … I’ve not spent a lot of time considering that end of my goats!
I’ve been wanting to breed my goats for a long time, but I knew I had to work up the courage to kill the kids before I committed myself (and them). After this year’s hunt, and the butchering experience of various animals I’ve had this summer and fall, I now feel as ready as I ever will be. So I’ve located a willing buck, and plan to bring him to the farm tomorrow. I’m worried about how it will go with the two wethers, Gordon and Malcolm. I don’t know if they will fight with the buck or not, but it is certainly a concern to the uninitiated.
Any advice as to what to look for, what to avoid, or what is ideal, would be appreciated.