We have had many breeders ask us why we prefer to breed naturally instead of flushing
our does. Here is an answer we gave recently on this subject.
Here are the main reasons we don't flush.
Bringing in receps adds more animals to the herd and people are usually looking for
cheap does and bring in animals with CL.
Amount of time required to synchronize breeding does and recep does. This is a hassle
to do cidrs and shots in all of the required animals and then watch and document
when recep does come into heat.
Trying to determine how many receps required. The rule of thumb is 10 receps per
breeding doe. However, you may not need any of them or you may need twice as many
as you planned on according to how many embryos you get.
The breeding of the main does may not be successful and you have wasted a lot of
money and time.
The embryos put into the receps may not be accepted. You may lose some of them or
all of them.
Flushing does not mean that you will get all great kids. You can easily get some
or all of the kids that are not what you expected.
We do not want to put our does through the process of being flushed
You can have animals die during a flush.
If you have a successful flush, you still have a large expense per kid that you have
to be able to be able to justify by being able to sell them at a higher price. This
normally doesn't occur for breeders that don't have the well known name or winning
Flushing was fine when there were very few fullbloods available in the US. Now there
are a large number of fullbloods available and flushing makes less sense unless you
are just wanting to multiply the number of animals in your own herd quickly. It still
may not happen.
Flushing can harm a doe so she may no longer breed naturally. We will never buy a
doe anymore that we know has been flushed.
There are different techniques for flushing and each has its on pros and cons.
I can show you breeders that flushed highly visible animals and when they took the
kids to a production sale, they only got $300-$500 for very nice animals. When you
deduct costs for flushing, overhead of production sale, maintenance raising them,
it becomes a poor choice to flush just for the sake of flushing. There are too many
breeders just mass producing boer goats through flushing and it is no longer really
We prefer to have more does with different genetics and breed naturally than to have
only a few genetics and flush them.