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Pansy & Poppy are Bred With Balder

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:

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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

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

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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.

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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

 

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Poppy did not make it easy for Balder

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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.

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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”.