I got home from work Tuesday night and I headed straight for the bathroom cuz my bladder is the size of a small acorn. Furry Husband was yelling at me from the living room, "Hey - the goats are all running around really crazy! (pause) Oh! (pause) Hey - can you come here?!"
Why does everything exciting happen when I'm on the toidy peeing??
When I was able, I came into the living room to look out the window.
Our buck was in the doe pen! All three does were racing around like stock cars in the Indy 500 and the buck was in hot pursuit.
The wooden spool we have in the buck pen as a shade maker and as his play toy to jump on had migrated across his pen to the fence separating him from the girls. He jumped up and over into the doe pen. It's the first unintentional "buck is with the does" incident in the time we've had goats. And here I was, feeling smarmy that our buck has never gotten in with the does.
That'll teach me!
Of course we ran out to remedy the situation. I grabbed up ol' bucky boy and walked him to his pen. He was wound up but good! I had to grab his beard to keep him under control... which is like grabbing someone's ear to make them follow you.
Furry Husband moved the spool to another area.
I inspected the doe's hoo-ha's. (what a heart-warming picture perfect moment... me closely inspecting goat va-jay-jays)
I don't think anyone was violated.
It isn't mating season. No one was in heat and if a doe isn't in heat, they don't let the bucks near them.
The buck wasn't doing any of his mating rituals (stomping his front leg, sticking his tongue out and making odd Chewbacca like love calls). Our buck isn't in rut right now because it's not mating season.
I'm guessing if the buck is like any other red-blooded male, he COULD be ready for action at any given moment. I think we caught things right as they happened and there was no harm done. Hopefully he was just happy to have other goats to play with not mate with.
We will mark our calendar and keep watch in November just in case. Yeesh. Never a dull moment!
Milk production went down the next milking because of the excitement. Spot was the doe most traumatized. Her milk production plummeted. Poor Spot! The does are all back to normal milk production and everyone is fine. The does look relieved. The buck looks disappointed.