Breeding Nubian Goats {signs of a doe in heat}

Ooooh yes, goats. How I love thee! =)

So this newbie completely, 100% misunderstood goats’ breeding seasons. Turns out, they are seasonal, but there is only about 24-36 hour of time to get them bred! And since we don’t keep our own buck, and were planning to take our girls to be “serviced” by a buck, nailing down that day was hard!

We instead were able to borrow a buck to show us when they were in heat. We thought he wouldn’t be big enough to breed them … we were wrong! Haha Winston definitely bred 1 girl, and I *think* bred the other; we will have tests done to check if it took in a few weeks.

breeding Nubian Does

Wendy Woo (the one I’m not certain was bred … she didn’t want to stand for Winston) giving snuggies

Signs a Nubian Doe is in Heat

  • lots of tail flagging- this can be hard, because my girls already flag when they see me, and rub up against me. But it definitely increases during heat.
  • sticky/wet under tail- there will be evidence of sticky/creamy discharge under their tails, from ovulation (much like human female’s cycle when preparing to get pregnant)
  • swollen- under their tails, their vulva will go from regular sized (pay attention before season hits to what it normally looks like, take pics if you need to!) to swollen. It will be a very distinct difference from one to the other
  • dominant behavior- OH YEA! if you have 2+ does they will definitely start showing dominant behavior. I *think* when Wendy was in heat, Lucy was mounting her. When Lucy was in heat, the girls were head butting, fighting/playing rough, and in general being snarky… and I do mean, snarky with each other
  • buck rag- if all else fails, find a buck, rub a rag on him (get lots of stinky on it), and then put it in a covered container in the barn with your does. When they start going crazy over that rag, trying to get to it, you have heat!

Everything I’ve read about does and bucks during season was definitely true!

  • Those boys go stupid! I mean, they’re ridiculous, funny, sweet, they really do try to persuade the lady!
  • Depending on your doe, there will be flirting. Lucy was all about some flirting-flagging, rubbing, waving her tail right in his face, prancing around like she was queen, then finally standing so he could breed her.
  • You may need to help out =/ Wendy did NOT want to stand- Usually the doe will give the buck a run for his money, fussing, running, head butting, running away … but after a bit she stands for him. Not Wendy! So after the first afternoon of no bueno, I *did* hold her the following day so he could breed her. We will see if that took? One of my goat mentors told me (and shared video) that sometimes, does just don’t like the buck, and you have to help some.

I can’t wait to test for pregnancy and find out if we will have goat kids this year!

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First Time Goat Breeding {Friday on the Farm}

Well … here I am. Waiting for my goats to go into heat. I’m 99.9% sure I missed it a few weeks back, at least for one of my yearlings. I am waiting again for the “signs”-like tail flagging, mounting, screaming, squatting to pee non stop, and possible wet tails. We will see if I am able to pin point it next time?

Everyone says I can borrow a buck rag-the scent of a buck rubbed onto a rag, placed in  jar- and when she goes crazy to get to the rag in the jar, it is time. I think after Thanksgiving that is what I will …

We will be taking them back to their breeder, to use one of her bucks (not related to our girls) for breeding.

Friday on the Farm {first time farmer}


They sure are pretty! And fat! haha

Right now we are giving herbal wormers weekly, a handful of organic alfalfa pellets, a handful of organic black oil sunflower seeds, and a handful of organic barley each evening, along with a supplement of alfalfa hay.

It sounds like a lot … but it is all nutritious feed, they’re happy, and we are hoping they stay healthy! Trial and error is the name of the goat game right now. Being new to anything means learning from others and reading a LOT; in the farming world everyone does something different. So we have chosen what works best for us in this season.


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My Best Goat Helper

… is an almost 4 year old girl that loves deeply. She is endlessly full of snuggles, dances, hugs, smiles, and spunk.

She reminds me so much of how I played and saw life as a child-  She would rather love on a cat, a dog that weighs 120 pounds, or goat than be surrounded by things that don’t interest her.

Miss cares so deeply for those that walk into her world; the strangers at the store, children at the ball park, friends and family.

While she lives life in her “la-dee-da” world, and much of  her character K also saw in my Granny- she doesn’t superficially care- if this girl welcomes you into her world, if she says she loves you, SHE LOVES YOU.

It is hard to believe Miss will soon be 4; she lit up our world the day she was born with her endless smiles and happy disposition, and she hasn’t stopped yet!

God has big things in store for this little package of wonder. (Lord, I just pray I can survive her! haha)


My Best Goat Helper


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B is for Building on the Homestead

This week’s letter is B, and for us nothing would be more fitting than building. My amazing, hard working husband has spent the last 2 weeks building a (hopefully) goat proof fence for our new goat babies. He has taken the time to teach me:

  • how to cut, bend, and put fencing wire onto gates
  • how to hang gates
  • the ins and outs of designing the fence itself
  • and lots of other handy stuff

I probably can’t do many of those things very well … or on my own without reminders of what exactly to do for that matter. But we have lots more fence to do in the future, so many opportunities to get better!

We have fenced the goats’ stall in the barn, cleaned it all up; today I will get all the materials down for the floors, get their pallets in place, and clean up the barnyard a bit. We need to adjust the height of one of the existing gates, and put away all the tools that are currently in the tack room/feed room. I need to wash out the feed buckets we have, make a run to TSC and then I think we will be about ready!

Preparing for Goats on the Farm

My children came up with a few other B words that are important on a homestead or farm …

  • butcher
  • butting
  • butter
  • barns
  • bugs
  • bulls
  • buckling
  • babies


it’s as if he knows he should be expecting something …


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A is for Anglo Nubian Goats {homesteading on the farm}

I don’t know if we are a homestead or a farm … if a farm, then definitely a hobby farm. Either way, this little homesteader has put down the deposit on a few sweet babies! We will be adding 2, no 3, make that 4 nubian goats to the farm pretty soon and I am ecstatic! My mind is whirling 1,000 miles a minute- my research proves raising goats is much different than raising bottle calves for beef. There is SO much to know and do before hand; there’s even more to keep in mind, keep an eye out for, and learn. And the only real way you can learn is to prepare the best you can, and then jump in! *gasp*

We are adding 2 twin yearlings, and of course when I went to look at them I couldn’t leave without also reserving a bitty baby … But after a few days of preparation on our farm, I thought it might be a good idea to get the bitty a buddy her size, and since she was a triplet, her brother will make the perfect playmate! (Her sister was already spoken for.) So, that makes 4 goats!

Today I ordered their collars, and some medical supplies to keep on hand. This weekend my husband and I began work on the goat corral fencing- he began prepping holes and posts for the fence while I cleaned out the barn and tack room. We have brooded chickens, raised cows, and stored lots of tools and feed in those areas; they were desperate for a cleaning!

Preparing for Goats on the Farm

We made GREAT progress on the fence; we need to finish a few corner posts, put in some T-posts, and string the wires. Then we have to finish their stall in the barn by getting it covered with goat fencing (I plan to stall the goats at night until we get the LGDs in there with them full time, they get used to their surroundings, and I feel less like a worry-wart). We are going to get them a warm dry place built up in their stall towards the back, because of the position of our barn and the way it drains. Lots of work needs to be done, but we are enjoying it and looking forward to our new babies. We cannot wait to spend our summer playing with baby goats.

Baby goat pictures to come!

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