Worried about early weaning of buckling

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by mylilchix, Oct 26, 2014.

  1. mylilchix

    mylilchix Songster

    My Nigerian Dwarf doe kidded October 2. I have been trying to milk her once a day because she only had 1 kid. The last few days, I've been getting about and ounce out of her at a milking. It also seems like she is trying to keep her buckling off of her. I have tried to put him on her, he's hungry, but she just kicks. She doesn't have mastitis. What could be going on? Baby is only 3 weeks old. Thanks for the help!!
  2. cassie

    cassie Crowing

    Mar 19, 2009
    Something isn't right. Have you tasted the milk? Does it taste salty? If so she has mastitis. You might try taking the kid off for a few hours to see how much milk she is producing. It is possible he is taking all she makes. How does he look? Is he active and in good condition? If she isn't producing enough you may have to bottle feed him but his condition will give you the best information on that.

    If she won't milk there are always goatburgers........
  3. mylilchix

    mylilchix Songster

    Wow! I never realized that salty milk had anything to do with mastitis. I'll definitely check. Baby is very active and healthy. He likes to climb on my back and nibble my hair when I'm out feeding everyone. Your advice was just what I needed! Thank you so much.
  4. Chickerdoodle13

    Chickerdoodle13 The truth is out there...

    Mar 5, 2007
    Phoenix, AZ
    We've bottle raised a few goats over the years and it's really quite easy! You could always milk her out yourself and feed him via a bottle. We used to use beer bottles with rubber nipples from the feed store. They are easy to get and easy to disinfect!
  5. Stacykins

    Stacykins Crowing

    Jan 19, 2011
    Escanaba, MI
    I second on separating for a bit and seeing how much milk she is actually producing. If he is emptying her out, then she might get touchy with him if he tries to nurse too soon after nursing. I know my does kick at their kids when I reintroduce them after milking, when the kids try to nurse right away.

    Do you have a scale, is he gaining weight? Is he growing? You say he is active and healthy, so likely he is getting enough from his dam.

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