Hi, I'm new to the board & relatively new to goats. We bought our first goats in January, two bottle Saanen doelings and a Saanen x Nubian 2nd freshener. Our doe is a good starter milk goat as she was milked during her first freshening by her previous owner. She freshened in early April and we got a nice 3/4 Saanen doeling, Zelda. The doe is not a good mother. She was not allowed to raise her first kids, and has no instinct to let her kid nurse. I have to hold her while Zelda nurses. Fortunately, she's otherwise very gentle and easy to handle and milk. She is giving over a gallon a day in addition to feeding her baby. It works out OK and has been an over-all positive experience. Our small family is enjoying lots of fresh milk, ice cream, and cheese. Several of our friends and neighbors are enjoying the overflow milk. I have been amazed at how much nourishment one little goat can produce. The dogs and chickens are having extra milk and whey on a daily basis. I had posted my funniest and most embarassing milking story on BYC (I'm BeardedChick over there) and will tell it again here. It was about the third day I had milked my goat, and I had a perfect, clean bucket of milk to take into the house which was VERY exciting at that point. As I stood up with the bucket in my hand, my darned nose dripped and a drop of snot landed in the bucket! Well, after looking hard at that bucket and considering the options, it got fed to the chickens. SIGH. My family is still teasing me. And I have learned to carry the bucket off to the side, just in case the scents and smells in the barn make my sinuses too active! Good to meet everyone and I soon will be off to do the evening milking!