This baby goat was born on February 14.
Some mama goats have babies earlier, for example in January, other mama goats have babies later, in May.
Baby goats,who are called kids, drink milk or milk replacer for a while before they can eat big goat food.
Some goats grow, play and have fun until the fall of the year that they’re born. Other goats get to play and run around for even longer till the next fall!
All goats big and small go into heat in the late summer or fall on into early winter. They will keep coming back into heat until they are knocked up!
They find their mates. This one found her mate on Halloween.
She will grow her baby in her belly for around 4.5 to 5 months, during which time she won’t produce any milk.
Her baby was born on February 13th, what a great birthday day present for mama!
This mama goat will feed her baby milk until she is ready to be weaned onto big goat food. At which point we will take all the milk to make cheese!
This cycle goes on forever! This is why we don’t have goats milk once the goats get knocked up; they won’t produce milk while preparing their bodies to have their babies. We have had goats at home for a long time, and we have had the luxury of leaving the babies with their mothers, even if it meant waiting tables or working multiple jobs to pay for their food. Keeping goats can be very expensive, especially if you have a larger herd, so many farmers don’t have the luxury of paying to keep the mamas and babies together as long as they would like to. In these instances, the babies are given milk replacer – similar to giving formula to human babies – so that the mama’s milk can go to making cheese sooner. We hope this helped you learn a little more about a goat’s life!
The Boxcarr Team