How much should my Nigerian Dwarf doe be milking?

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  1. TroyerSis

    TroyerSis Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi there! We have a 4 year old, ND that we got a couple of weeks ago and I was wondering what amount of milk I should expect her to give each day. So far she's been giving an average of slightly less than a quart each day. We feed her as much as she will eat and we also feed her grains. Is this how much she should be giving? Is there something I can do to make her give more??? Thank you!
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Just did a google search on 'Nigerian goat lactation', and it appears that a quart to a quart and a half is the norm.
     
  3. henny1129

    henny1129 Crazy Livestock Gal

    Nothing to be worried about! That's a perfectly normal amount for Nigerians to be producing. Is it her first time lactating? Sometimes the first timers just don't produce as much. And just watch out for how much food, especially grain, you are feeding her, you don't want her to over-eat and die.
     
  4. TroyerSis

    TroyerSis Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, she definitely doesn't over eat, and this isn't her first time lactating. She's been bred before.
     
  5. henny1129

    henny1129 Crazy Livestock Gal

    Okay, I just wanted to check. :)
     
  6. TroyerSis

    TroyerSis Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you for your help :)
     
  7. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    When they first freshen, about a quart per milking is normal. That adds up to about 1/2 a gallon a day. As the season progresses, milk production decreases. If she's due to kid in a few months, it might be time to stop milking her.
     
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  8. henny1129

    henny1129 Crazy Livestock Gal

    Of course!
     

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