Breeding season officially began late yesterday afternoon here (about a month earlier than I was planning originally.) Since I will be breeding 9 does this fall and one of the bucks is still a baby (learning the ropes) it made sense to take advantage of what seemed to be a golden opportunity... a desperate doe and a willing buckling. This is how it unfolded...
Only fellow breeders of goats can truly appreciate the humor involved in pairing a doe with a buck that she is absolutely uninterested in.
After spending all day yesterday at the street festival, I came home ready to just flop back and relax when I saw Fern trying to encourage Apollo to jump the fence and satisfy her. Fern is my very elegant good production doe who has popped out triplet does one year and triplet does and a buck the following - all of which were stunning. Apollo is my gorgeous mini-Nubian buck. Needless to say, this is NOT the pairing I had in mind. Fern, as are the rest of the standard, purebred, registered, quality, (get the idea?) Nubian does, was meant for Lucky (standard, purebred, registered, quality and from elite status bloodlines)
Exhausted as I was, I rushed out and move the girls so they couldnt tease Apollo further and put Fern in with Lucky (her intended) and waited for the magic. Lucky was very willing, but his "stink" just wasnt enough to lure her from batting her eyes (and wagging her tail) in Apollo's direction. It was pitiful to hear her calling for the buck of her dreams all the while fending off Lucky's advances. As any good boy would do when frustrated, he looked at me for help (no doubt thinking "you'll do if she wont have me") so I restrained Fern and he gave it his best shot.
This morning, Fern is still in a raging heat, so again I put her with Lucky (Angel also in heat so she joined them) and again, she called for Apollo... I held her again - covered her eyes and let her smell my "Apollo stinking hand" and Lucky made a valiant effort to make her (and me) happy... I somehow think Fern will stay open now to spite me.
Angel was less dramatic - and did get bred. Will check them both again this afternoon... Praying Fern has ovulated (she is usually her most slutish at the end of her cycles.)
Talk about a love triangle - oh, and meanwhile, Lucky is back in his pen, pining away for his first love... Honestly, I think he bred Angel and imagined she was Fern.
And the breeding season here begins!
You can understand why I didn't bother with a picture...