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Pansy & Poppy are Bred With Balder

Our goats are West African miniature dairy goats. Both Nigerian Dwarf goats and our Pygmy goats can be bred year round.  This means that our doelings and does come into heat once every month.  Most of the  world’s goats are seasonal breeders,which means they come into heat once a year.  Since ours come into heat every month, we have the wonderful advantage to be able to breed our does when it suits us.

They give us clues when “heats” are on the way. They become very affectionate, much more than usual. Their tails  flick and wag like a dog which is known as “flagging”.  And last but not least, our does have a lot to say when they are in heat. With 17 females, we have a lot of “heat” sounds in our stable. A doe in heat make a very loud cry in addition to other vocalizations when in heat. When we have a quiet day in the stable, it actually sounds strange to us.

Here Pansy lets us know that she is in heat:


This will be Pansy’s first pregnancy so we decided for her to be bred with a smaller goat. We just try to avoid big babies with first time mothers


Balder knows what he is doing and is quite gentle and patient with our does


Pansy played hard to get for a while.

In this next video, Pansy is in what we refer to as a “standing heat”.  This means she is now ready to be bred.


After much time had passed, Pansy was successfully bred Dec. 1, 2012   She has not come into heat since


Poppy, Pansy’s sister was also bred with Balder

Poppy plays hard to get, in the beginning
Poppy plays hard to get, in the beginning



Poppy did not make it easy for Balder


We knew she was ready , but the breeding process takes time, especially the first time. Even though this is a natural call to breed, our first timers have been a bit scared.


Poppy did eventually come down and was bred for the first time Dec. 5, 2012. Success! Poppy has not come into heat since


Little Man and Baby Boy exchange some “words”.


2 responses

  1. thanks for your video showing the layout of your stables we getting ideas from you on how we can make our pens more fun since they hate to go out in the snow.

    February 21, 2013 at 21:28

    • Hej from Sweden !
      We were fortunate to have all the stable boxes set up prior to us moving in. We bought a horse ranch and hoped to have Icelandic Ponies. That didn’t happen but there were other things waiting for us in our future. Goats. I really have never seen any goats in stable boxes before, but with careful planning and deciding who goes where, it can be done. If my herd keeps growing, I think we may need to add on another wing with at least 4 more boxes. The boxes are large enough for a big horse so they certainly are large enough for my little girls and boys. My bucks and bucklings, all 7 share a really large box. They have plenty of room to play and run around and do what bucks do.
      I have a really large box in the front part of the stable that holds 4 little ones; my Pygmy ladies and one baby. They are quite happy in there and there is plenty of room to get away when someone is being a bully.
      My goats do not really care for the snow nor the cold wind. Cold is ok but no snow nor wind nor rain for that matter. Some goats don’t mind the snow, I think it depends on the breed. Our stable is a perfect place for our herd. My goats also spend all their nights in their boxes. I know of other goat owners who leave their goats outside at night. Oh I would just die. I close that stable door and make my long walk back to the house knowing that they are all safe and cozy inside.

      February 26, 2013 at 12:43

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