Bil arrived on the farm, along with 8 little ladies, the day before yesterday. He is a very gentle, easy going good looking guy, just like his namesake, but right now, he is also stinky, not like his namesake. Boy goats get that way when they are breeding, called being 'in rut'. They actually pee on themselves, right in their faces and yes, folks, lick it up. The urine stains their usually beautiful coats and the hormones in the urine give the billy goat and irresistible scent, at least to the goat females. The rest of us are not so up on that as an attraction. Of the 8 girls that arrived with him, he has bred 5. The other 4 are miniature Nigerian Dwarfs bred to a Miniature Nigerian buck. These goats will kid in May. The ladies of The Fat Ewe Farm will kid a month later in June. Many farms breed their goats early for winter kidding, but with the frigid temperatures of northern Alberta, the goats must be kept in the barn and be involved in intense management for early kidding or the kids will freeze. For The Fat Ewe Farm, it is so much easier to allow the does to kid naturally in the pasture in May and June when the weather is warm and there is no danger of hypothermia. That does not mean that attention can be elsewhere, for when a doe has 3 babies, she needs a little help getting them cleaned up and breathing, especially when they arrive with no time in between. Anyhow, we are pleased to welcome Bil to the farm. Welome Bil, you handsome buddy!
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