Don't you just love that line? It never fails to be the lead-in to some really juicy tidbit.
Well, here's a little barnyard gossip for you. But, if anyone asks, you didn't hear it from me. ;)
First, a little background: Our does go into heat in the fall. That's the only time they will, literally, "stand" for a buck. Other times, they will rebuff his every advance and just won't "stand for it." The doe's cycle is about 21 days long. So, if I see her stand for Oreo in the field and then confirm that I do not see her go into heat again (paying especially close attention to her behavior 21 days after I saw her with our buck), I can get pretty close to identifying each doe's due date.
That is how I knew exactly how many days premature Fred and Foxy were when Star gave birth. And because I am a crazy goat lady, as we've already established, I watched everyone very closely during breeding season and have dates marked on the calendar for each of the ladies. BUT . . . I have no idea when to expect Izzy to give birth.
That's because she's got dates marked ALL OVER THE CALENDAR. I'm not one to talk, but it seems she rather enjoys being bred. In fact, our little barnyard hussy was the one who got breeding season kicked off by finagling her way into the boys' pen when my plan was to wait another month or so to begin breeding. Then, we saw her with Oreo again later. . . and again. And, these were not at 21-day intervals.
According to my research, this is VERY rare, but some does can be like this. Now, before you go being all "judge-y," allow me to defend my sweet girl: at least she's monogamous! We can't say that about her "baby daddy." Oreo, after all, is the dad of EVERY baby we'll have born this spring. If you ask me, he's the one with the questionable behavior. :)