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Spur Teats or Forked Teats on Pygmy goat
June 23, 2013
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VGibs
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Hi everyone! This is my first post! Last summer we brought home our very own little baby girl Eugenia Victoria Butler the pygmy goat. *YUP thats her name!* This morning as I was feeding her I noticed that she was in heat. Which got me excited because I thought “Yahoo! Baby making time!” Well the only time her udder is very noticeable is when she is in heat and I noticed she has a forked teat on her right side. I couldn’t check her left because she was very mad that I checked her right side. *my city born husband suggested that her “boobies” might be sensitive* Now the teat in question isn’t just a spur teat. It is split straight down the middle and appears to be coming from the same spot. I can’t imagine breeding her now in case she passes this little trait down to her babies, or if it inhibits her from nursing. But my mother, who raised Holstein dairy cows said I should try anyways seeing as I had my heart set on her being bred.

 

Any suggestions?

 

June 24, 2013
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I guess I’d have to decide if she could be milked in that quarter… (half?)  If she can’t be milked and you breed her it would be setting her up for a pretty bad situation when she freshens.  Consult a vet about it I suppose.

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June 26, 2013
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Thanks. She has an appointment to see our equine vet when he comes out next time. I know he is a horsey doctor but he takes pretty good care of my little Genie too. My mom seems to think she should be ok because they are located on the same teat so a baby could suckle both teats at once but I don’t want to chance mastitis.

June 27, 2013
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I used to have a Nubian named Goatess who had forked teats plus extra teats.  It was scarry looking when her udder was full she seemed to have four full sized normal looking teats plus three smaller ones toward the top.  I bought her at a sale and she already had a kid.  She never had any problems and nursed just fine.  This trait does seem to be hereditary though.  I know it may not be desirable but I loved my goat and figured if it became a problem I could always bottle feed the kids.  I milked her with no problems, just making sure I milked all of the teats( the little one on top never seemed to heve any milk in them).  I am sure that this problem is probably easier to deal with in a dairy goat since they have large udders anyway.  It seems to be common occurance in goat herds in my area.I would ask a vet and maybe check on her family history to see if any other goats in the herd she came from are like her.  I am sure the person you got her from or some other goat people in your are would be willing to help.

July 2, 2013
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Thanks! I am going to have my uncle take a look at her as he is an experienced goat man lol I have been doing a bunch of research and it seems like she may be ok to nurse. Seeing as both teats are in one spot and they both have holes so a baby would get both in their mouth to nurse.

 

In an unrelated matter, my baby goat girl had a wonderful Canada Day yesterday and she was happy that she got to eat almost an entire rose bush before her Grandma spotted her and Her Mom *ei Me* got in trouble. Whoops! She has very refined taste and only enjoys the prize winning rose bushes.

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