Finally, 7 month old (and a whopping 50lb) Khaki came into heat again and I watched her daily for flagging and interest in the boys through the fence. She had a big glob of white estrous one day so I knew we were close. But the next day passed and still no flagging. Then the next day came and still no flagging or interest! But when I checked her vulva it was swollen and "open" looking so I knew she must be in standing heat! So on a whim, I pushed all the girls into the barn except Khaki and let Cha Ching in to see her. At first she ran from him but then she was interested and started flagging. It took him about 30 seconds to breed her -- so fast I missed it on my video even though I was filming. But she most definitely tucked under after his big thrust. So I let them hang out for awhile to see if he could do it again. He tried and tried and she patiently waited flagging her tail and standing for him and just before I was going to give up, she jumped up on the bench and he did too, and he managed to penetrate again-- she jumped down and stopped to tuck again. I was so pleased! I put him back in with the boys and Toro took after him with great displeasure! About 3 hours later she was still flagging at the fence so I brought Cha Ching in again for another try and he was again successful! We'll see if she comes back into heat but I have a feeling 3 times will do the trick! So excited to see this beautiful couple's kids! If she settles, she'll be due about April 1st (she'll be one-year-old on April 2nd!).
Sorry for the graphic pics but for those who are learning, this is what it looks like when the buck makes penetration (last pic). Then the doe will tuck her bottom under which may be to pull the semen in to ensure she will be bred. I find it all fascinating!
I love to tell the story of how I came to have these wonderful goats. I have dreamed for many years of growing my own food and being self-sufficient so when I bought my property I set out right away putting in gardens and an aquaponics system. Fast forward 2 years, my neighbor went on a special diet and couldn't have any dairy so she offered me her fresh raw goats milk she had purchased at the farmer's market. Well, I just fell in love with it! I quickly realized I couldn't afford to buy this wonderful milk but then I had a thought... I could get my OWN goats and have milk and cheese right here! Little did I know I would fall so in love with the goats!