Tis the season for female goats to go into "heat." This is a natural cycling which signals that the female is ready to be bred. We have been watching for Betty to go into heat for a couple of weeks now.....to no avail. High temperatures can cause these natural cycles to be altered.
Harmony informed me last night that Betty was making some very loud noises during the day and hanging out by the fence near Buccaneer (our big buck). So I went down this morning before sunrise with a headlamp to let the goats out to pasture and checked Betty for signs of being in heat. Sure enough she was in full heat and ready to spend the day with Buccaneer. I put a leash on her and walked her over to Buccaneer's pen and in she went. The goat love began almost immediately and within a matter of 30 minutes I was pretty positive that Betty was positively exposed to Buccaneer (I will spare you the dirty details....even though I've given you quite a lot already....).
We had planned to leave her in the pen with Buccaneer until chore time this evening but Betty had different ideas. Around lunchtime she decided that she was definitely done with Buccaneer, freed herself from his pen (we still don't know how she did this) and walked back to her side of the barn to rejoin her fellow mates (Doughy and Praline). Maybe we will put her back in with Buccaneer tomorrow but we'll see how she feels about that situation???
So, with any luck Betty will be a mama on February 12th and fresh yummy goat milk will be added to our daily lives soon after!!! Can't wait!!
Dylan and Harmony, whichever of us have the time to sit down and write for a few minutes. : )