milking pygmy goats

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  1. michellemire

    michellemire Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How much milk do you get from milking a pygmy goat I have a second time mom she's 3 n I wanna try n milk her she also has a 2 week old baby on her can I bottle feed the baby r milk her n leave the baby one her I only wanna milk once a day
     
  2. Stacykins

    Stacykins Overrun With Chickens

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    Depends on the doe. If she is a second time mother, more than if she were a first freshener. But we have no idea what her genetics may produce. Pygmies are traditionally not a milking breed, so you can't expect much milk.

    Because you don't seem to type very coherently, I am not actually sure what your second question (using a question mark might help, it isn't hard. Also "n" is not a replacement for the word "and") actually is. Are you asking if you can bottle feed the baby her milk or milk her once a day while leaving the kid on the dam?

    The second option, leaving the kid with the dam, would produce more milk in the long run if you only want to milk once a day. If you're willing to commit to twice a day, pulling the kid and bottle feeding would maximize how much milk she produces. Remember, does only produce milk if there is a demand for it. With no kid and once a day milking, she would produce much less.

    I separate kids from their dams at night, milk the dams in the morning, and let the kids have her for the rest of the day. It works well. No bottle feeding the kids, but I get some milk to use for soap and cheese making.
     
  3. michellemire

    michellemire Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I only want milk to make soap with
     
  4. Stacykins

    Stacykins Overrun With Chickens

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    It doesn't take much milk to make soap with, thankfully. It replaced the water in a soap making recipe. Have you made soap before? If not, don't do it with goat's milk the first few times. It is touchy, and will easily scald if you don't attempt to keep the temperature low. The reaction with lye and liquid is very exothermic. Milk can burn if you don't keep the temperature of the reaction under control.

    I freeze excess goat's milk for soap making. Then I thaw out what I need for recipe. I use a silicone ice cube tray to make perfect little goat's milk cubes, which make it easy to measure out the correct weight of milk in a soap making recipe. That is something that is important with soap making. Do your calculations based on weight and not volume.
     
  5. michellemire

    michellemire Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a friend that makes soap with goats milk I'm going to get her to teach me [​IMG] that's how much milk to got yesterday morning n this morning
    [​IMG] that's how big her udder is before I milk her
     
  6. michellemire

    michellemire Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] that's a pic of her was told she was a pygmy when I bought her
     
  7. Stacykins

    Stacykins Overrun With Chickens

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    A little lopsided (probably from a kid choosing a preferred side), but she has an udder that would make a Nigerian Dwarf proud! Congrats on the milk! I am glad you will have guidance with the soap making. It is easy once you learn how to do it, and is just like cooking. But instead of heat, you are using a caustic chemical that can burn just as badly as a flame.
     
  8. michellemire

    michellemire Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ya baby only drinks from 1 side
     

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