Maximum breeding age

by Julie Payne
(Patoka, IL)

I have a doe that is approx. 18 months old and has never been bred. Is she too old to breed?

***** Karen Sez *****
No, not too old.
The question is: is the doe overweight? Its weight may dictate success or failure at 18 months old, more than the age.

Excess fat will reduce the doe's ability both to conceive and to give birth. Do you know the doe's breed or at least its normal weight?

If so, it'll help you know your next steps - either breed the doe, or put it on a diet first (more hay, less pellets, no sweet treats).

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Feb 27, 2013
Regarding weight and breed
by: Julie Payne

I don't think she is overweight and she's a Velvet, fairly small. My buck is a Lion Head.

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