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.
- 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