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I have a goat question...milk
July 25, 2013
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lifeisgood/ Melinda
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I have a dwarf nigerian who gave birth on june 11th to twins.  I waited two weeks to try to  milk her and I didn’t get any milk although the twins are thriving. I gave up. Now they are several weeks old and hubby just finished my milk stand. This is my first time to attempt so have I waited too long?

 

July 25, 2013
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Nope!  If she’s producing milk for her kids, she’s milk-able.  You can’t give up.  She can hold her milk ‘up’ and that’s something that people forget when trying to milk a cow, goat, sheep or yes… humans do it too when women are trying to breast feed, though they don’t know they are doing it.  They just do.  Stop thinking that she’s doing it on purpose.  She isn’t.  Deep breaths, stay calm, and be patient and think about things.  I’m not saying it’s easy or simple or anything else, just saying that if she’s producing milk for her kids, she is producing milk!

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July 25, 2013
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Sometimes a few gentle nudges to her udder will stimulate the milk.  If you watch the kids nurse they often nudge up on the udder to get more milk.  Cows, goats, deer and most other animals do this.  Watch the kids they often get pretty rough.

August 9, 2013
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Ross
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When a calf or a kid butts the udder it stimulates the release of the milk. The baby only knows that it is not getting what it came for and is insisting. Massaging the udder will help, you don’t have to beat her up.

August 12, 2013
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If your kids are still nursing you may have to separate them from their mom in order for her milk to build up enough for you to get some. Try penning them up during the day while mom is out to graze then milk her in the evening and put them back together at night.

August 13, 2013
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twiggityNDgoats
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Great advice from missmouse.  We have Nigerians also and I usually start to separate the kids from Mom after about three weeks either during the day and milk at night or if more convenient, I separate them at night when they are sleeping, milk mom in the morning and let the kids nurse the rest of the time.  Around three weeks they should be nibbling grain and hay so they can amuse themselves nibbling at grass or whatever.  This is also when I start my coccidia prevention program with something like Sulmet or Dimethox.  I also often use this time to transition the kids to a bottle if they are a bit standoffish or if they are to go off to new homes and the new owners want to bottle feed them for a few weeks.

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