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Discussion in 'Health & Wellness' started by KFOWLER, Nov 3, 2010.
Will she dry up naturally or is there something I need to do for her?
So sorry about the babies...
You are going to have to milk her enough to relieve some pressure for several days...15 or 20 squirts on each side for a day or two then a couple days later. She will dry up but she needs help the first week so she doesnt get uncomfortable.
Can I freeze and save the milk for future use in case I should need it?
When did she kid? That colostrum is great to have in freezer! Yes you can freeze the actual milk for later use too.
would she adopt those ones you said the mother rejected?
I have tried to put the rejected babies on her but she wouldn't nurse them...she kidded Monday night at about 8:30.
I agree with everything said....
If she can take on babies... that would be great..... if not...as mentioned... you will have to watch her udder and milk her...as needed.... don't feed grain..or high quality hay.......unless you want to keep her in milk... The colostrum is precious and milking her and keeping it for future needs.... is a good thing....if you do.... write on the freezer baggy....... the date you collected it..... Again... I am sorry for your losses
Held her against the fence and got some colostrum in a baggie and also put the bottle baby on her...she allowed the baby to nurse as long as I restrained her against the fence...will try do that a few more times...whew!!! That's a lot of work!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Or, goat milk is wonderful, you could milk her and have milk for the winter,
That sounds promising! Keep up the good work, you know in a few days you might not have to restrain the doe...today put some of her milk on babies head & tail, even afterbirth or her bloody discharge so that the kid smell is more like her own. You just may have a successful grafting!
Hope it works ....keep it up....even if... you have to hold the Doe for the kid.....it is all worth it...and really good for the baby....and her..... as she will hopefully bond with the baby..... remember to alternate back and forth from teat to teat....so she doesn't get to tight.... you will have to keep an eye on that and may have to milk her some if the kid can't keep up with her supply... :wink:
one thing I have found is if a doe is in milk but has no kids on her and I have a rejected kid I need to bottle feed or supplement I MAKE that mom feed that kid. No use having me do all the work. I put mom on the milking stand (or tie to fence) and I bring the kid over and the kid nurses. Does hate it but usually with some food to keep them happy in the milking stand they get use to it and allow the kid to nurse.
If you dont want to do this you can always milk her and use the milk to bottle feed the kid. This way you dont have to buy milk or milk replacer and the doe's milk doesnt go to waste.
Everyone must pull their own weight I say
I would definately be trying to get that kid on her...or even as Stacey said, milk her 2x a day and use it for the kid but I personally would be getting that kid to nurse.
Any luck on her taking that baby? One year I had a baby that mom rejected (long story), but what I did as soon as the next one kidded I took the baby, put the placenta on the baby and rubbed her all over the backend of the mom that just kidded. It smelled like her own so she took it on. It helped that she was a first time mom.
No haven't had any luck with her...the only way she will a kid nurse is if I hold her down.
keep holding her, she'll learn that she has to nurse.
It usually take 5 days or so
I agree with Katrina....keep trying..... sometimes it takes a while.... and sometimes it will never work.... but... it is worth a shot....
she may never willingly allow a kid to nurse but like I said its better then milking her and then bottle feeding - holding her saves a step