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Old 04-14-2006, 04:53 PM  
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5 1/2month old goat, pregnant?

Well, as most of you guys know I have goats. We aren't real big on breeding, but we do have stud (which is FOR SALE), so we do get babies. We have a 5month old goat, she was born a couple days before Halloween so shes about 5 1/2 months. We also have her brother who is 5 1/2 months, 2 others which are 5 1/2 months (not her brothers) and a 1 year old pygmy. She was in heat, and the poor girl was being chased all around by them. She even got her head stuck in the fence, when we found her though,the 1yr was already on her. Its really sad because she is a baby herself and she can't take care of babies. Have any of you guys ever had a goat this young prenant? Is there a chance she might not be pregnant since she is so young? We caught all of the boys and put them in a very large goat stall. They are going to be fixed so we are not going to have babies. The only one that will not be fixed will be the 1yr old however if he isn't sold soon then he will be fixed too. We don't want the mothers to keep being bred, after what happened to our favorite goat. She died because of gang green setting in. We don't want this happening to the other females. We have 2 females pregnant, possibly 2 more pregnant + the 5 1/2 month old. If you guys have any advice please post. I'm really hoping she is too young to be pregnant, but thats not what Im thinking.[/b]
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Old 04-14-2006, 05:32 PM  
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Man, that is a tough one. I have goats too but, I am new at them. We have a billy and three nannys. The lady I bought them from said as long as they were over a year when they delivered, they'd be old enough. I don't remember how long she said gestation was though. Do you know?
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Old 04-14-2006, 06:19 PM  
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Yes, she could be pregant. Gestation is 5 months. It is a little young, but people breed their goats young a lot, not that it's healthy. I would just keep a close eye on her and hope for the best.

Goats become fertile at 8 weeks old....
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8 weeks old??????? Geez, I never would have thought. That's interesting.
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Old 04-14-2006, 08:50 PM  
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She could be pregnant, we always consider 4 months the age when they can be bred. Dairy goats should be 85 pounds before breeding. If she was just bred and you really don't want her to have kids your vet can give her a shot which should take care of it.
We try to make sure the male kids get banded when they are a week old or when both testes are descended. It's handy to do it at disbudding time, since those jobs are both easier if there are two tough minded people present.
I have had does bred accidentally when too small and they fortunately aborted. One however did end up having a big buck by c-section. Good luck!
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Old 04-14-2006, 09:33 PM  
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Well, the boys are all in the big stall. I'll let them out in a few days. They will be fixed. I just hope the babies will be okay? I have a couple other goats that are pregnant, and im not sure when they are due? How long are goats usually pregnant? I've had goats that go way over when I thought they would be due.
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She very well could be.

We had a 2 goats, both 6 months old, and both ended up getting pregnant.
One died during birth, and then the other gave birth to two still borns.

It was horrible to watch them go thru that. We didn't know they were pregnant when we got them. Then the vet came out and told us the news, we were shocked!

They were our little babies, sweetest things you could ask for :]

Goodluck though, its not always easy.
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Old 04-14-2006, 10:06 PM  
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gestation for goats is 5 months.
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Old 04-15-2006, 06:45 AM  
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Fully agree on the above...

Range, I didn't know the 8 weeks thing. I was thinking 4 months.

And yep, gestation (length of pregnancy) is 5 months.
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Old 04-15-2006, 07:10 AM  
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MD - I think it may be like horses, they are fertile at a VERY young age, but they don't necessarily "take". I was told and have read that you need to separate the males and females at 8 weeks because that's when they become fertile. I've never had the experience...in fact, none of mine ever "caught" until they were over a year and a half! Lucky me!
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