A Different Milking Question

sweetshoplady

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I got my goats home. My problem is that I don't have a stand. I have ordered one. I am going to call them tomorrow to see if they can rush ship it.

Not being very bright, I thought I could improvise on the goat stand and be able to milk with just food in front of the goat. I had hoped to build one. And the lady I bought the goat from insisted that I pick her up today. I had hoped for a couple more days to prepare.

My question is how much do I need to milk this doe to keep her in milk for a couple more days til I get my stand with stanchion? According to the lady I bought her from, she produces 6 pounds of milk a day. Which the lady said was 3/4 of a gallon.

I don't want to ruin this doe for the stand. Tonight was an event. I had to have help. I can see how the stand is really an essential thing.


As it was my first time, it took me quite a while to get better than a quart. Not to mention that I had to hold the does foot down.
 

Chatychick

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Well till the stand comes in you can tie her to the fence and milk her. I have had to do this and it seems to work good or you can have someone hold a back leg and milk her. The dont seem to try to get away as bad on 3 legs. Its best to hold the back as that seems to be the 1 they try to put in the bucket. Also someone can hold her and you milk her and just do 1 teat at a time and hold a leg. There is always a way if you need to ...I have done all types of things when it was raining and they wont come out. Good Luck
 

texaschickmama

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You can try hobbles if you have any, maybe the feed store has some. The goat I had stood still without a stand and let me milk her without food, even. She was great, but I had to give her back because she was mean to the baby and I only had one pen. I'm gonna kick myself HARD later down the road. I would milk her dry. That would lessen the chance for any problems and keep her milk in. I know it is a pain, but you don't want her drying up on you and she will if you don't milk her. Good luck.
 

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