Normal Goat Health Information
•Temperature = 102.5 – 104 – This varies depending on the temperature of the goat’s surroundings.
•Pulse rate = 70 – 80 beats per minute
•Respiration =15 to 30 per minute
•Rumen (stomach) movements = 1 – 1.5 per minute
•Puberty = 7 weeks – 8 months (separate bucks from does at 2 month)
•Estrus/Heat Cycle = 17 to 23 days
•Gestation = 143 to 155 days
◦Does = 11-12 years average age, but… usually the death in does is kidding related. Does that are “retired” from breeding around age 10 live longer: 16-18 years.
◦Wethers = 11-16 years average age
◦Bucks = 8-10 average age – bucks usually live shorter lives than does and wethers due to the stresses of going into rut each year.
•Full growth size: Most goats do not reach their full size until they are about three years of age. (They keep growing for about three years)
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