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Pearl is a 2 year old San Clemente Island doe whose single 12-week doeling left here on 2/17. She had a heat cycle on 2/18. Her udder got very full, and I started milking her 1x a day to ease the fullness mainly. She's been handling it pretty well until yesterday, when she got very kicky & bitey, and broke my Henry Milker (which I use because of small teats and stiff fingers). I noticed during the day she was more feisty with other does. Last night she was even more kicky/bitey, and her udder was full. I got a little milk out & gave up. Her temp was normal 102.1. This morning she tolerated hand milking a bit better for a short while, but would not tolerate the Henry Milker at all. Also, I noticed yesterday & today her poop smells weird, kind of like burnt chemicals, hard to describe. Her udder is not lumpy or hard. Is she just going through some hormone thing? She's bottlefed and isn't fearful of me at all, and tends to bite at me when she doesn't like what I'm doing. This is her 2nd freshening, and I milked her for a few days after her first batch of kids (twins) left last year, and don't recall her getting this fighty with me about milking. Should I send in a fecal test because of the strange odor? Is there something else I should do other than monitor her and continue to try getting some milk out to prevent mastitis?
 

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The single kid has been gone since 2/17 (new home) and no one is nursing. When the kid was nursing, she managed to nurse off both sides consistently. I've been milking her 1X a day since 2/18, but not completely milking her out, as I want her to dry off.
 

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The Henry is constant pressure- that can hurt- If you can manually milk her, that is better for her udder. The pain may be why she is acting up. Have you checked her for mastitis?
 

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Some goats just simply don't like being milked a certain way. I had a doe who couldn't stand being handmilked but was fine for a milking machine.
LOL, that's funny. Her change in behavior is date coincident with her poop smelling weird, so I'll get that fecal done and keep working with her.
 

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The Henry is constant pressure- that can hurt- If you can manually milk her, that is better for her udder. The pain may be why she is acting up. Have you checked her for mastitis?
Thank you. She was doing fine with it up until yesterday - time coincident with smelly poops. I have not done a CA mastitis test, but she has no other symptoms - no fever, no lumps or hardness in the udder.
 

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Good morning. I should have the result on her fecal tomorrow. This morning her udder is quite full and she would not allow me to even hand milk her one bit. I'm going to let her go cold turkey without milking, and cut out all grain. I will watch for any signs of mastitis such as heat, pain, redness, or swelling of the udder, or fever, depression or poor appetite. Right now she has none of these signs. I am also going to try to feed her some dried sage to help the dry off process.
 

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Update! Her fecal showed 1450 cocci. Still refusing any kind of milking, so she is day #3 without and very full, no grain 2 days (and very little before that). Today I gave her Toltrazuril orally and noticed her mouth & spit smell awful. She also had smelly poop she the last 2 days (like burnt chemicals). I can't describe how her spit smells, but definitely yuck. I'm thinking something is off with her gut and I should give her Probiotics. She appears and acts healthy. Is there something else I should do?
 

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Ah! I will get some dark beer and try that. Some time ago I got a recipe here for Tummy Tamer with Cayenne pepper, ginger, Cinnamon, Slippery elm, ACV in water. Maybe mixed in dark flat beer instead of water? Or is that too much "stuff".
 
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