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Old 05-16-2013, 02:43 PM   #1
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I was milking my doe yesterday. My daughter and I were tag-teaming and she was done with her side while I was still working on mine. She had her bucket in her hand and had it held up to where the goat could get into it and she drank every last drop of it!!! Has anyone heard of this? Will it hurt her? Why would she do that?? I thought it was the weirdest thing!!:eek:



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They will suck their own teats sometimes.



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goats love milk lol....its not harmful in small amounts but any chages to what she eats can effect her rumen ..some love milk to much they become self nursers so I would discourage milk treats..

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LOL!! That's crazy but interesting. Crazy goats!

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We feed about a cup back to the girls with each milking. Only one of my does refuses her milk. I think she feels it's "gross". Lol

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That is something I didnt know , lol
How funny is that

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I wonder if it would good for putting weight back on her? Lol

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I wonder if it would good for putting weight back on her? Lol
It is, yes! It's super healthy for her, and actually reintroducing her own bacteria in her body that's she's been exposed to helps her immune system.
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It is, yes! It's super healthy for her, and actually reintroducing her own bacteria in her body that's she's been exposed to helps her immune system.

Great.....maybe I'll start giving it to her when I'm done! Who knew she would be able to feed herself!! LOL
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I let my girls drink their full milking (or as much as they want) about once a week. My saanens love it, my nubians dont want it. I find it really helps them maintain their condition during peak lactation, especially first lactation does. Yes there are some does who suck their own teats but so far I havent seen that feeding milk encourages this.

You do want to make sure all does in the herd are CAE -ve. This is one way CAE can spread - does who love milk accidentally getting the milk from a positive doe in the parlour or at a show.



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