Q: Hi! I have a question. We want to have some goats for milking. When is the best time of the year to start? We will be ready in October (I hope). Would it be better to wait until after winter. We've never had goats and are new to homesteading. Thanks, Cindy in Wellston, OK
A: Hi Cindy ~ thank you for sending in the first question!
Most people breed their goats to kid in the spring, although I have a friend who prefers that hers kid in the fall. Since goats are kept in milk generally for ten months or so, it might be hard to find a goat in milk in October. However you could buy your does, maybe already bred, and get to know them over the winter. When they are ready to kid you will hopefully have learned a lot about caring for them and have established a relationship with them as well. Another thing to consider is that the price of goats is generally lower in the fall than in the spring. If you're indeed ready in October, you might want to start looking for your goats then.
And a couple more, just for fun:
Q. Which came first, the chicken or the egg?
A. This question has plagued mankind for a long time. The Bible says in Genesis 1:20-23 :
And God said, "Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the sky." So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living and moving thing with which the water teems, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. God blessed them and said, "Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth." And there was evening, and there was morning—the fifth day.God created the chicken, and chickens then laid eggs in order to increase upon the earth.
Q. Why did the chicken cross the road?
A. Your guess is as good as mine. Who knows what goes on in those little pea-sized brains? ~smile~