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I recently bought a mama Neubian with her two kids when they were 3 wks old. Now they are almost 6 wks old. This is my first time having goats and I eventually want to milk my mama goat Mary. She has always been a stubborn milker, where she only lets the kids nurse when she wants and kicks them otherwise and also on the milk stand the kids nurse. But recently whenever I go give her grain to have her kids nurse, she looks empty or not as full as she normally was. And now she kicks them even when she has the grain. I just don’t know what to do anymore. I don’t want her to dry out either. I bought a goat hobble, but it still didn’t come in the mail. But I’m afraid that’s not going to work either. Any tips or advise would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks for submitting your question to me. I would like to start with explaining how most people work with their dairy goats and then move on to what I think is going on with your Nubian.
Most dairy farmers and people who breed their goats for milk start as soon as kids are born. Most people keep expecting does in small kidding pens up to a week before they are due and have constant eyes on them. When a kid is born the kid is pulled immediately and given a replacement colostrum so that the momma is never in contact with the babies after this point. The babies are bottle fed and the momma is milked on the stand. This teaches the momma that you are the baby and she has to feed you and this is also the reason why most diary goats wont act up when milked because you are the baby and you need the milk. Dairy goats are also milked on a one to three times a day schedule so by the time milking comes around those udders are full and those ladies are hurting for their next milking and feeding.
I usually keep my kids on my dairy goat until the colostrum is gone(about 2 weeks) and then I separate for half the day. So kids get plenty of milk and I get plenty of milk. Goats are at their peak production at 4-6 weeks after kidding so this is why I wait a couple weeks. I usually milk for as long as I can or until she dries up. Sometimes if something comes up and I cant milk the kids get to have momma with them all day.
Now here is what I think is going on with your doe. Kids nurse and get sips all day long. And as they grow older they fight more for that milk. This puts a strain on the momma’s udder and it sometimes hurts. It is normal for her to be pushing the kids away now. That doesnt mean it is time for weaning or anything, it just means that the kids had already gotten their share of milk for that time and they wont get any more until she is ready for them to. She is at peak production right now and the kids know it. They are fighting more for it. And thats why her udder always looks so empty because the kids are getting stronger and getting more from her.
If you want to milk her she will take some restraining because it doesnt sound to me like she was milked from day one. If she is friendly she might not be as much as a struggler as some but she will fight you. When your hobble comes in I would definitely use so that she wont kick over the bucket.
My advice for when you plan on milking her yourself is to separate the kids for a few hours. Yes they will scream. And Yes momma will probaby scream too, but her udder will fill up. After about 4-8 hours go out and restrain her with the hobble and in the milk stand and milk her. She fill fight the first few times and it may take weeks before she is used to it. Feed her when you milk her to so she has some positive reinforcement. And she you are done let her finish her meal and reunite her with her babies. I would feed the babies when you are milking her so that they are distracting her from her feed.
If you plan to keep the kids on her and decide to not milk her then I see no reason for alarm as she is doing as all goats do at this point in time with trying to push them away.
Anywho I hope I helped and that I wasnt too long winded. :)
Please feel free to message me or submit another question if you have anymore questions about goats.
Its been almost two weeks since Gypsy tore her udder open and last night she finally kidded me out two gorgeous and massive babies. The black headed baby is a buckling named Vader (Darth Vader and in honor of Vader the fox) and the Brown headed one is a Doeling named Bianca. Bianca will most likely be retained as a milker and Vader will be up for adoption shortly as a bottle baby due to Gypsy’s udder. I will have nicer pictures tonight or tomorrow.