Yes, there is a strong scent in the air. The boys are becoming adult bucks. They spend their days butting heads and showing each other who is the better man. All summer long the air has been pure and clean smelling. Now as we approach the buck pen there is a definite change in the air. A strong but not necessarily annoying odor. The scent of male goats otherwise know as Buck Scent. Both boys are in rut. In full rut. Bucky still has the innocent look of a young buck but he acts like a teen, preening, acting out, stomping his feet when he doesn't get his way.
Teddy is a bit bigger but still sweet. Both boys have loving personalities. That is until the ladies act the least bit interested. Then the teen boy comes out.
Just like teen boys who apply their cologne, so does Teddy. Unlike teen boys Teddy's cologne comes from spraying urine on his face and beard. Hence the Buck scent. It may sound disgusting to some humans.
However, to the young ladies in the next pen the boys smell oh so wonderful. Just like teen girls they ignore the boys until a commotion is made. I can hear the girls saying, "that Teddy is so cute. What do you think?" That smell drives the girls wild.
We are going to keep the post PG rated here. We brought Sophie into the barn with a little bribe of food. Teddy was right there ready to do his gentlemanly duty. However, today was just not the day. We will try again this afternoon with another date.
We are dealing with two factors here. The goats are both virgins. The owners have never had to arrange a "date" before. We are hoping that they can figure it out. I know that when Mother Nature says the time is right, things will proceed as well. We will keep you updated.
Much Love and Prayers from Mainely Ewes Farm.