Milking question

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by PotterWatch, Mar 5, 2009.

  1. PotterWatch

    PotterWatch My Patronus is a Chicken

    Apr 22, 2008
    So two of Bella's kids went to their new homes yesterday, the third is staying here. All three kids were with her 24/7 up until now and obviously the boys were pigs! She is really getting engorged to the point where she was crying to be milked at 2am today. I milked her then and she was engorged again at 6:30 so I milked then. At 12:30 she was really big and hard on one side, but not so bad on the other. I went ahead and milked that one side just enough to make her more comfortable. I only want to milk twice a day, so am I right in milking her a little if she gets really big and then milking out completely twice a day? Here is a picture I took at 12:30, so it had been 6hrs since I had milked (sorry it's not a great picture, she didn't want to move her tail out of the way):

  2. ksacres

    ksacres At Your Service

    Nov 16, 2007
    San Antonio TX
    If you only want to milk twice a day, only milk twice a day.

    The pressure is what shuts off production. Unless she was producing an incredible amount of milk her udder will not suffer.
  3. Country Guy John

    Country Guy John Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 30, 2008
    South Carolina
    I know that you want to help her, but the more you milk her, the longer she will remain engorged. I you refrain from milking, then she will eventually go down.
  4. PotterWatch

    PotterWatch My Patronus is a Chicken

    Apr 22, 2008
    Alrighty! I just wanted to make sure it wouldn't cause her to get mastitis.
  5. Broke Down Ranch

    Broke Down Ranch Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 18, 2007
    OK, I am a complete newbie to the whole goat thing but when I took the kids off their mothers I just milked them 2X a day. They were a bit uncomfortable for a couple of days but got over it quickly. If you keep easing their comfort you are dragging out the drying up of extra milk production.

    Just my 2 cents worth... [​IMG]

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