Breeding season has begun
My six-month-fresh doe Leela was the first to come into heat. She and young buck Guchi were kissing through the fence and Leela would close her eyes. I was fascinated. Our senior buck, Toro, was standing off to the side and showing little interest while Leela and Guchi had a through-the-fence courtship. The boys share a fence with the girls here but have a two-strand hot wire down at their level to keep them from attempting to breed through the fence. They manage to get around that to kiss though because the girls are able to get their heads through the stock fence and reach down to kiss the boys. On a whim I decided to let Guchi in to breed Leela. I'm not sure why I felt so compelled but they were just so cute with their courtship going on and it seemed like she had chosen him. So I locked up the other girls in the barn and let Guchi in. The little guy performed perfectly but it was so funny to see Leela swing her head around each time he mounted and tried, as if to say "Well? Are you going to do it or what?" After 3 tries he got the full thrust and she tucked under. He didn't seem to have the energy to go again so I put him back with the bucks. Now Toro was MAD. He chased poor Guchi all over letting him know he was not happy. Ah well. It's been almost 4 weeks now and Leela did not come back into heat so I'm sure we're having Guchi babies in late January.
4/28/2023 05:07:07 am
Hi thaanks for posting this
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