Question we have a 10 month old goat who has been in standing heat 3 times since 5th of january dont know if she could possibly be cystic or if this is normal for a goat with her first breeding cycle. we have had her in with buck each time she has came into heat. she is an alpine goat and its getting late in season for them.
Answer So she has stood to be bred by the buck each time? Had you seen her in a regular estrus/heat cycle before the January time frame (as the breeding cycle starts in August)? Is she up to date on selenium/E/D supplementation? If a doe is selenium deficient, especially for young goats, this can cause their hormones not to function correctly. Also, young goats at their first breeding season can have hormone fluctuations. Cysts can of course cause hormone fluctuations but I would advise treating two ways to see if we can get the hormones under control/steady them out. And, yes, you are correct about the season as the end of February is usually the last breeding time for the season.
You can try her on Pulsatilla which is a homeopathic treatment that sometimes will get the hormones in sync. This is a human medicine - over the counter at most supplement stores and natural food stores. Use of five of the pellets given orally twice a day (two hours between each) and then a second dosing the following day. Pellets can be dissolved in a little hot water, mixture cooled and then orally dosed. Also would give her a selenium/E/D dose - this is human type vitamines/minerals - use ten of the 200 mcg selenium tablets crushed and dissolved in a little hot water, to that mixture add all the oil from a 1000 IU vitamin E capsule and all the oil from an 800 IU vitamin D capsule, mix well, cool and give orally - repeat this in 10 days.
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