09 June 2009

A healthy goat

Goats are easy to care for. These are the signs of a healthy goat.

A healthy goat

  • Eyes clear and bright. Tearing or cloudy eyes probably mean a pinkeye infection.
  • Coat smooth and shiny. A dull coat could indicate parasites. Fluffed up coat means the goat is not feeling well.
  • Appetite good. However, it is normal for a doe in labor to refuse to eat.
  • Attitude alert. Hunched back and droopy tail mean something is wrong.

Goat Statistics

  • Body Temperature: 102.5° F-104° F
  • Pulse/heart rate: 60 to 80 beats per minute
  • Respiration rate: 15 to 30 breaths per minute
  • Puberty: 4 to 12 months
  • Estrus ("heat") cycle: 18 to 23 days
  • Length of each "heat": 12 to 36 hours
  • Gestation (length of pregnancy): 150 day

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