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Hi all... my ND doe had her kid 6 days ago. I was given advice that I need to separate her kid at night and then milk momma in the morning. I feel like its way too young?

Am I just being paranoid? I don't fully understand why I have to separate them? Can't I just milk momma out without separating them? I understand that I want to teach my doe how to be a milker but not sure I fully understand the whole milking process... if I only milk her half way, will she still try to dry out?

I'm kind of stretched on time in the mornings and I would rather not separate them when I start turning out during the day...

Just a total newbie here... any thing you can share on this would be helpful. Thanks!
 

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I'm not worried about how much milk I get from her right now, but I want to make sure down the road there are no ill effects with her production. After I posted this, I've found some posts that say with a single doe kid I shouldn't have to separate?

Is this true? Also, i thought the colostrum was only 24 hours?
 

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You don't have to separate them if you're not concerned about having the milk, but you do want to milk her out completely. If you only milk her halfway her body learns she doesn't need that other half you've left and her production will drop. She will "hold back" enough for the baby. Don't worry about that. :)

I do separate singles IF they are emptying mom out and I want the milk. I have one Mini-Mancha that sucks her momma dry and if I want anything I better separate her at night and get it in the morning.
 

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Quick question.... If you separate should you still milk completely out? ... I haven't been, I've just been taking what I need and leaving it like that.... I'm only going to be milking her once a day... At the most milking twice a day when I first got her, I only got 4 oz more, so I figured why bother... Her last owner milked just once a day too.
 

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It does get easier. Each of my girls milk differently and we spent quite a bit of time together until I knew how each teat worked on each goat. lol. What used to take an hour takes 5 to 15 minutes depending on the goat.
 

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Quick question.... If you separate should you still milk completely out? ... I haven't been, I've just been taking what I need and leaving it like that.... I'm only going to be milking her once a day... At the most milking twice a day when I first got her, I only got 4 oz more, so I figured why bother... Her last owner milked just once a day too.
IMO... Whether you milk once a day or twice a day you should milk her out.
 

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The reason for separation it so the single kid doesnt just take one side and make the dam have a lopsided udder. Which will if not managed right, will indeed effect production in later freshenings. If bad enough, she could have a lop sided udder the rest of her life. This is why we always pull odd number of kids off their moms leaving a max of 2 kids on after 2-4 weeks old.
 

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The reason for separation it so the single kid doesnt just take one side and make the dam have a lopsided udder. Which will if not managed right, will indeed effect production in later freshenings. If bad enough, she could have a lop sided udder the rest of her life. This is why we always pull odd number of kids off their moms leaving a max of 2 kids on after 2-4 weeks old.
Would you milk completely it TDG-Farms? I haven't been, but I could. He does have a favorite side... So I milk the opposite side more. Just wanted your opinion....:)
 

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With you having just a few goaties you can have more hands on and that is good. But the problem is, you are pretty much milking one side. So that side gets to stretch and expand between milkings. While the side the kid is on wont be able to do that cause as the kid grows he will be taking more and more. At some point he will start taking enough milk outta that one side, it will not be given the chance to stretch/expand out. So come next year when the doe freshens, the side you milked will be bigger (sometimes much more so) then the side the kid was taking. Then if you ever plan to show, you cant. A lopsided udder is a sure fire way to get sent to the end of the line.
 

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With only a few goats, I wonder about using teat tape after the kid is a week old or so to get the kid to switch and balance the udder between milkings...like, milk out the side kid is not nursing, then tape THE OTHER side, the one the kid nurses. Then, show the kid the other side works too. Next time, milk the full side and again, tape the side the kid has nursed... I haven't tried it, but I bet this could save someone from having a bottle baby who didn't have the time while allowing both sides of the udder to develop capacity.
 

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Ideally you take the kid right away to save the mama some heartache. We dont get many single kiddings so dont have to deal with this to often. But we like to leave the kid on for at least the first 2 days to get the colostrum they need. Unless they are kinda weak, then we take em right away. But by day 7 they should be pulled. And although I dont much care for teat tape, you could alternate the halves and force the kid to take say a different side each day? That way you get the best of both. And the alternating will allow each side to expand and grow.
 
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