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Old 02-19-2017, 02:16 AM   #11
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Old 02-19-2017, 12:48 PM   #12
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They feel a little soft but I'm not sure so I milked both of them a little. How much do I do? They actually are so good about it! These are pics of each does udder.


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Old 02-19-2017, 07:09 PM   #13
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She looks good, not really tight. Good work.

You don't want it to feel super tight, it is like no give. You like to feel some give of softness when you gently push on her udder. You will also see it, she will look like she will explode. But you do not want her to get to that point.
Milk her when you see she is just getting tight, it only has to be enough so she is not tight feeling. When kids are first born, they don't nurse enough, for what she is producing, so we watch and relieve as needed.
When the kids get a bit older, she should be OK, but always watch in case.

You do not want to see in the milk, any clumps, strings, blood, or a hot udder or hardness to it.
If it is hard to milk, it may be congested or mastitis. Both must be relieved and treated right away.
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Old 02-19-2017, 10:14 PM   #14
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Ok thanks so much! I will keep a close eye on them
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Congrats on the surprise kids and two successful kiddings!

You won't kill your does with the copper boluses. If you post photos of the does we can possible see if they are showing signs of deficiency. But in general, in this area, they are going to need them a few times a year.

Your plan for CD/T vaccinations sounds good.
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Ok I'll get some good pics. One of the does looks good but the other one looks too thin and I can't seem to get weight on her. She's always been the more "ratty" looking of the two. I tried to increase grain more but their stool got clumpy.


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