Gestation Table for Goats
Goats have a 150 day gestation period. To use the chart, you must know when a doe is bred. Then use the chart to determine a due date. For example, if she is bred on May 5th, find May in the bred column. Follow across to see she would be due in the month of October. It says to subtract three days, so her due date would be October 2. Using this table, I have been 90% with a two day before or after window when I know the date she was bred. Use the third column to see when they would be weaned. In this example, the kid would be weaned about January 2nd.
Keep in mind that even though the chart shows due dates for the entire year, goats are naturally cool weather breeders. It is difficult to get them to breed during the summer months. A general rule is that they only breed in months with an “r”.
Goat must have proper hoof trimming to maintain their health. If their feet are painful, it makes it hard to walk and find food. It makes them susceptible to being picked on by others. It can lead to problems with other joints. Notice below the dirt that gets packed and the long, dead growth that forms flaps.
The idea behind trimming hooves is to remove only what is necessary. If too much is removed, it will cause bleeding. The look of a newborn kid’s hooves is what we are trying for. Hoegger Goat Supply has an excellent booklet that gives more details on how to properly trim hooves.
Goat Vital Data
|Temperature||101.5 – 104 (rectal)|
|Heart Rate||70 – 80 per minute (adult)|
|Respirations||12 – 15 per minute (adult)|
|20 – 40 per minute (kid)|
|Rumination||1 – 1.5 per minute|
|Gestation||average 150 days (146 – 156)|
|Heat Cycle||average 21 days (18 – 23)|
|Length of Heat||about 1 day|
Bottle Kid Feeding Schedule
|Week 1||1/2 – 1 Cup||8,11,2,5,8,bedtime|
|Week 2 – 3||1 – 2 Cups||8,12,4,8,bedtime|
|Week 4||2 – 2 1/2 Cups||8,2,8,bedtime|
|Week 5 – 7||2 – 2 1/2 Cups||8,2,8|
|Week 8 to weaning||2 – 2 1/2 Cups||8,8|