Why you might delay castrating a pet buck
IF YOU want to keep a male goat as a longterm pet, you need to consider delaying castration until they are around five to six months old. This will mean you need to get a vet to castrate them, either with a painkilling injection and application of a rubber ring or with a quick surgery, depending on the size of the testicles. Talk to your vet about the best action and what the cost will be.
The testosterone produced by the male kid in its first six months has a critical effect on the final width of the animal's urethra. Male goats have a long and winding urethra which can easily be blocked by crystals in the urine later in life, and a fat, pampered, castrated male goat is particularly at risk. A blocked urethra is incredibly painful and almost always a fatal condition, even if a surgical attempt is made to clear it (a rare and expensive procedure).
If you do choose to castrate a male kid later, keep him away from females as he gets closer to the six month mark.
WARNING: DON'T LEAVE IT TOO LATE
An entire buck is one of the most disgustingly smelly creatures you'll ever come across – they can aim and fire urine for quite a distance, all over themselves and you – and they can be as dangerously aggressive as a ram or bull.