Weaning/drying up boer doe

Discussion in 'Goat Management' started by Goober, Mar 12, 2010.

  1. Goober

    Goober New Member

    Aug 21, 2009
    I need to wean the doe's 4 month old kid. The doe is probably over halfway dried up already. How long would it take for her to totally dry up if I separate them?
  2. liz

    liz Well-Known Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    Shelocta PA
    No grain and totally separated could take anywhere from 2 weeks to a month....Keep her kid from her for at least 2 months if you can, otherwise she'll go right back to it and your doe will start producing again.

  3. Goober

    Goober New Member

    Aug 21, 2009
    Great....I was hoping for 2-3 weeks, safe to be back together - I hate keeping someone locked up most of the time. Oh well.
  4. StaceyRosado

    StaceyRosado Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Oct 4, 2007
    you can try a couple weeks -- if mom is tired of her nursing then she likely wont let her nurse after a couple weeks. I would go more with a month of separation though at the least.

    My doe eventually dried up on her own -- her daughter is still in the pen with her and the dam is pregnant again. I am not sure how it will go when she starts producing milk again but I will cross that bridge when I get there in a month.
  5. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Corning California
    Yes, about one month is best
    or 2 weeks, then take teat tape and put it on the teats.
    Make sure you keep an eye on it and if it comes off re tape it or separate again for another 2 weeks then retry again. :wink:

    The 1st few days or so watch to make sure the doe isn't getting to tight in her udder, if she is, milk her out.