The Birds & the Bees about Goats
As we gain more experience with selling our goats, we are asked many questions about a goat's reproductive system. Here are some that come up often. A good rule of thumb is that goats are mammals and the answers are relatively the same as it would be for other mammals, including humans.
What do you call a baby goat?
A baby goat is a "kid".
What do you call a kid boy and a kid girl?
A kid boy is called a buckling and a girl kid is a doeling.
What is a "wether"?
A wether is a buckling that has been castrated.
Can a wether get pregnant and give milk?
No, a wether is a male so he cannot get pregnant and consequently, cannot produce milk.
At what age can you start milking a goat?
You can start milking a goat at any age however they must get pregnant and give birth to produce milk. We usually breed our does after 1 year of age. We begin milking them once a day when the kids are past 2 weeks old and twice a day when they go to their new families at 8 weeks old and are no longer with their moms.