Buck Goat In Rut

I got to thinking earlier that maybe some of you have never been blessed to be acquainted with a buck goat in full rut.  And since that’s all I can seem to blog about (or smell) lately, I thought I’d snap some pictures for you.

Now, these pictures have no way of conveying the smell surrounding this guy, which is unfortunate because the smell is a huge part of the “charm” of a buck goat in rut.  Without the smell, you just have a dirty-looking goat that stands snorting and peeing all over himself… and whatever gets in his way.

Believe it or not, female goats find this behavior and odor quite irresistible.   And the dirtier and smellier the buck, the more attractive he is to the does.

I find this quite interesting as does are fastidious animals who will walk a mile around a mud puddle to avoid it, and are arguably one of the cleanest animals in the world.

I guess opposites really do attract.

Sorry folks, can’t give you the gift of the odor…but here are a few pictures I got today…so, just imagine the smell and if you really want to know what it smells like, I guess I can always send you a snippet of goat beard!  LOL

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All that yellow in the beard and on his face is...pee. Luckily, female goats are much more precise at hitting the ground when they pee. And they don't smell bad either!
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Our Atticus. Notice his hip bones starting to stick out? Buck goats in rut lose their appetite and drop weight quickly in the fall. We spend the rest of the year trying to fatten them up!
The "jewels". (Just in case you wondered what they looked like!)
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  1. I have a 22 month old buck, but have only had him a bit more than 3 months. He has been in rut and wondered how this “season” lasted. Your picture of the buck’s hip bones and taking off wieght while in rut is just how my buck is. I learn a lot just from this one reading. I had two brothers only 5 months old that I lost within a few weeks of each other. They had been worked, medicated, etc. but both died. Can they be genetically predisposed to intestinal conditions? I was told that this can happen as a result of in-breeding. Thank you for the help….Joy


  2. Hi Joy,
    This season of rut will last until around Christmas time or so….sometimes a little longer, but the worst of it seems to be over here by then for us. Yes, bucks in rut do lose condition, especially when younger. This year Atticus, the buck in the picture is stinky as ever, but has kept his weight up better….he doesn’t waste as much energy running the fenceline as he used to and in fact just ignores the girls unless one of them are in heat.

    It’s hard to say why your boys died. Usually in goats it’s a parasite problem, either cocci (were they on prevention as babies?) or worms, of which there are various types depending on your location. Did you fecal them when they got sick? That’s usually the first thing to do, run a fecal. That will give you an indication of what types of worms, if any, you might be dealing with. It will also help you figure out if your wormer is working or not. We are still using ivermectin as it does work here, but lots of people have had to switch to cydectin or even use something like levomasole or ivermectin plus or ???? We really don’t have a lot of wormer families to choose from these days…

    Do you copper bolus? I have found that since we started bolusing about 4 years ago, our worm burdens are much more manageable. I’m not sure about inbreeding causing a predisposition to intestinal worms, but certainly some goats just don’t have the same worm issues as other goats, even within the same herd.

    Hope this helps!


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