How old can a buck breed (goat)

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by adorable, Mar 4, 2009.

  1. adorable

    adorable Songster

    Aug 7, 2007
    near ottawa ontario
    I have a 7 month old buck. I was hoping he can breed by now.Is he old enough???I read you have to seperated your boys from the mother around 8 weeks old . Because of this reason. SO i thought a 7 month can. He dose all stuff. JUst the girls are not getting pregnant by him. I was thinking maybe he is a dud. He has both of his testicles. HOw much longer should i give him before i replace him......?[​IMG]

  2. twotmama

    twotmama In the Brooder

    Feb 4, 2009
    Give it some more time they normally start around 6 to 8 months, but some are a little slower. We had one that started at 6 months ; but it takes them a while sometimes to settle the doe.
  3. mamabird

    mamabird Songster

    Apr 14, 2007
    App. Mtn's
    Don't get in a rush to get rid of him...especially if you really like him.
    If you are concerned about his viability, couldn't you get a semen sample and have it checked? How old are your does? Are you sure they are or have been in season?
  4. adorable

    adorable Songster

    Aug 7, 2007
    near ottawa ontario
    Yes i know when they are in season. Every 20 days. I really like him. JUst i thought by now he could.

  5. Chatychick

    Chatychick Songster

    Jul 9, 2007
    Blue Mound, Kansas
    I used my buck when he was around 5 to 6 mths and he got the job done and I only put 2 does in with him at a time as not to overwhelm him as he is still young and dont want him intimidated by the older girls. He should be fine onces he gts started and gets his confidence built up. Start with the more calmer does and not bring in the meaner or herd queen in first, I would wait till he gets older for them. Also has he had a Bo-se shot? when did you last worm him? this has alot to do with their ability.
    Last edited: Mar 4, 2009
  6. agnes_day

    agnes_day Songster

    Aug 29, 2008
    stupid question here but....dont the older girls feel kind of weird..getting it on with a goat thats young enough to be their son??
    or do they really not care?
  7. adorable

    adorable Songster

    Aug 7, 2007
    near ottawa ontario
    The girls really do not care what age they are?He was dewormed nov 4 2008. AT the same time he was vacc. The vet came over and did all of them at the same time.

  8. PotterWatch

    PotterWatch My Patronus is a Chicken

    Apr 22, 2008
    Goats don't care. My buckling that just went to a new home this morning was mounting his sisters and mother, so I doubt an age difference occurs to them [​IMG] .
  9. dfchaser

    dfchaser Songster

    Apr 25, 2008
    My vet told me that she had heard of a goat that had bred a female when he was 9 days old. [​IMG] Talk about a busy little bugger!

  10. Haviris

    Haviris Songster

    Sep 4, 2007
    What breed is he? In my experience the mini breeds seem to get at it alot earlier and the larger breeds take longer. Really it varies from goat to goat, my youngest buck is 4 months and is in no way interested in the girls, but I have babies that will mount anything that will let them. But I never expect to use a buck before a year old, if he gets it early and I want to use him I will, but I don't go into it planning to use him til he's a year old.

    As for does caring, I don't think age factors into it at all, BUT I have does that prefer the most manly buck, I usually give my does a private area w/ the chosen buck, especially if I'm using a young buck, because if they can see the older boys sometimes they won't let the younger boy near them! That isn't always the case, some don't care.

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