Monday, June 15, 2009

GOATUCATION - How Long Will it be Until Kevin is Full Grown?

Today is my very first Goatucation post! I asked for questions to start off and Daisy the Curly Cat was the quickest on the draw so today I will answer her query: How long will it be until Kevin is full grown. I will be using photos of Michael the goat to illustrate because he IS full grown.

A little goatling gets up and walks within minutes after he or she is born. A good nanny goat is quick to nudge the goatling and lick it off and get it to drink the rich milk with colostrum in it from her udder. Colostrum is the first milk a doe produces after kidding and it is full of rich nutrients a kid needs to grow big and strong. This is Michael just after he was born

He was up and walking a few minutes later. His sister Sarah was born not too much later. This is our first family photo. It was taken about an hour after both kids were born. That is Michael facing the camera and Sarah with her little butt to the camera. Aren't they cute?

Goatlings grow very quickly and little bucklings are capable of impregnating does when they are as young as 12 weeks old. Does need and should be older before they get pregnant for their health and the health of the kids. (Someone asked about how old Kevin would be before he had any kids. Kevin has been wethered which means he won't be having any kids. It is just like when you take your cat to be neutered. It hurt him a little for about an hour but then he was right back to his hopping.)

So at about 3 months old you have to be sure to separate your bucklings from your doelings if you haven't done it already.

As I mentioned in an earlier post, goatlings get weaned from their mothers at about two months of age. If they are nursing; some goatlings are bottle fed after the first week with their nannies. They all need to get that rich colostrum. That is where Kevin is now. Although he hasn't quite been weaned yet due to the male person being so busy. I don't mind so much as I like having him around me....

Here is what Michael looked like at about 2 months. Michael was a bottle fed baby and I think this is why he is so attached to the publicist.

From this point on the kids eat hay, green grass, weeds and grain just like we big goats do. It takes them a little bit to appreciate treats like apples and carrots but at about a year old they figure out how good they can be. Here is Michael at about a year...

At this point he has reached his full size and while his horns are still growing his body is not.

A doe can have kids starting at around 8 months to a year. Whereas I mentioned before the buck is ready much earlier. It does make things, uhm, easier if the two animals are of the same size. Height wise, you know?

Now Michael is just about two years old and in the full glory of his "teenage" years. We Nigerian dwarf goats have a lifespan of around 12 - 15 years.

So I guess to answer Daisy's question Kevin will be his full size at about a year old. By then he will be as big as he is going to get.

I hope you liked this first Goatucation post. I have the question for the second post...but keep the questions coming!


  1. Thanks for the goatucation! I learned a lot of things; I do not think I have heard the term "goatling" before. I think goats are very cool.

  2. One more question? What's the difference between a ewe and a doe?


  3. Great info! Very helpful!!

  4. this is fun!!! can't wait to goatuate. what will my degree be? maybe i'll get a GT.

  5. I hope there isn't a midterm. As long as there are no tests, I will enjoy being goatucated for goatucations sake.

  6. I agree with Margo. I enjoy goatucation as long as there are no quizzes. The gratuitous baby goat pictures are fabulous.

  7. Quizzes! Quizzes! More Quizzes! Do a poll for the Quiz!

    My Goatucation Question: How much space is the minimum reQuirement for keeping goats happy?

  8. Oh, and how many days per week will we be in class?

  9. OMG! The other goat blogger has cancer! OMG!

  10. I want a fluffy little goat. They're so cute. Has anyone told Michael that he's not posing for the cover of Playgoat?

  11. Oh good, now I know about goats a bit! Between me and the frogs and you and the goats--we are educating the WORLD!!!!

  12. Daisy - well I thank you for asking the first question.

    City Girl - thank you for visiting my blog. A ewe is a female sheep

    Sue - I am glad you liked my post

    jaz - heh heh. You are very funny. Should we have a goatuation ceremony?

    Margo - no tests. No tests at all. You can relax and enjoy the lessons.

    Anne - baby goat pictures are always good. There is nothing cuter than a baby goat. At least in my opionion.

    Cici - it is indeed sad about Belle. We sent her goat hugs. We will answer your question third as we have our second question. Thank you for asking.

    Frogs - they are cute when they are little but then they grow up. Kind of like human kids. heh heh. Michael is a big stud around here and he likes to show off....

    Lin - more power to us! woo hoo

  13. Wonderful explanation. Thank you!

  14. My question for the next goatucation installment is this very important one: When are you going to get some adorable fainting goats, huh???


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