Im new to the goat world. I had a few as pet at a young age but still dont know much. My boyfriend bought me a few goats at an auction a few weeks ago one larger doe and two kids one nanny and one billy. The billy is slightly larger but both were just recently weaned I believe. Tonight at auction he bought 5 more. 2 wethers and 3 nannys all kids. Can I leave all the goats together or do I need to separate them. I know billy can breed younger than nanny but will he before they are ready? Is it detrimental to my nanny kids. advice needed
People say that kids can breed as young as 8-12 weeks, but in my experience (and that of a LOT of others here) bucklings haven't been fertile until much later. I don't separate my bucklings until after 12 weeks. They go through the motions, but have only ever "shot blanks" at that age, and I never had a successful breeding (meaning the doe got pregnant) until my bucks were both closer to 6 months.
You have a little time! Don't panic.
For Nigerians, 80 pounds is a large, fully grown goat. Deb recommends waiting until your doelings are at least 40 lbs before breeding them, which usually means they are 8 months or older.
You don't have to leave here to get good information about goats! There are a lot of very knowledgeable goat owners right here in our forum. We are also very active, and there is usually someone to share their experience with you in a very timely manner.
Do you know the breeds of your goats?
My point was that it ISN'T guaranteed that she will end up with prematurely pregnant doelings. Yes, she should separate around 12 weeks, but she's not guarenteed to get babies ASAP if they aren't. The fact is, when you have YOUNG does, coupled with young bucks, it's very unlikely that it will happen at 8-12 weeks.
These are pics of my new kids. They are so fun to play with and watch.