Worried my nanny isn’t going to have enough milk!

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  1. Jarrod & Jody

    Jarrod & Jody Active Member

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    Oct 16, 2017
    Shady Point, Oklhoma
    I have a 4 year old Nubian nanny, due to kidd end of march beginning of April. She’s massive! Id bet triplets if not quads. She’s as big as a barrel, but her milk bag isn’t near were I feel it should be. What should I do? Or will it come in right before ? I don’t mind bottle feeding. Just wondering why she doesn't have much of a bag this close to kidding.
     
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  2. SandyNubians

    SandyNubians Well-Known Member

    Feb 18, 2017
    Idaho
    I wouldn't worry too much. Lots, and lots of does don't get their milk in until right before, or even after they kid.

    Of course, it is always good to have some form of colostrum even if udder are filling big prior to kidding. It always best to have real colostrum, but colostrum replacer (not supplement) can also be used in a pinch.
     
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  3. Jarrod & Jody

    Jarrod & Jody Active Member

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    Oct 16, 2017
    Shady Point, Oklhoma
    Ok awesome. It just worries me, most of my have a massive bag a month or earlier . And she is massively big!
     
  4. CaramelKittey

    CaramelKittey Well-Known Member

    I have one Nubian/Pygmy cross who always gets her udder exactly 4 weeks before her due date. At about 2 weeks it starts filling up and it gets super tight the day before she kids. My other doe (Nigerian Dwarf) waited 3 days before her due date to begin filling her udder. Her udder started showing development signs
    1-2 weeks before kidding.
    Your doe should be fine! (thumbup)
     
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  5. SalteyLove

    SalteyLove Well-Known Member

    Jun 18, 2011
    New England
    Reasons for low milk production include: poor nutrition, selenium deficiency, parasite load, dehydration, and genetics. Make sure the doe looks and feels healthy. She is new to you but has kidded before?
     
  6. Jarrod & Jody

    Jarrod & Jody Active Member

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    I have had her for a while she has kidded before first time with me. No parasites, very healthy , amazing nutrition, plenty of fresh clean water. I started giving selenium about two weeks ago (orally) she one of my favorites she’s the alpha female of the herd. I may just be worrying cause she is one of my favorites but she’s so dang big!!
     
  7. Jarrod & Jody

    Jarrod & Jody Active Member

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    What’s is the Best colostrum REPLACEMENT on the market?
     
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  8. SalteyLove

    SalteyLove Well-Known Member

    Jun 18, 2011
    New England
    Any chance you have another doe due before her? The best replacement would be colostrum from a doe at your place exposed to same bacterias etc. Frozen until she kids. But otherwise I've only ever used the Manna Pro.
     
  9. GoofyGoat

    GoofyGoat Well-Known Member

    Sep 21, 2018
    TEXAS
  10. Jarrod & Jody

    Jarrod & Jody Active Member

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    Oct 16, 2017
    Shady Point, Oklhoma
    Thank you all for the help! I’ll post pics today!
     
  11. GoofyGoat

    GoofyGoat Well-Known Member

    Sep 21, 2018
    TEXAS
    Great! Pictures are so much fun! Can't wait to see them :)
     
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  12. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Corning California
  13. Jarrod & Jody

    Jarrod & Jody Active Member

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    Oct 16, 2017
    Shady Point, Oklhoma
    This is her a week ago! She’s bigger! Her bad is slightly bigger about the size of a small Mellon
     
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  14. SandyNubians

    SandyNubians Well-Known Member

    Feb 18, 2017
    Idaho
    Wow! She is beautiful!
     
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  15. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Corning California
  16. Jarrod & Jody

    Jarrod & Jody Active Member

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    Shady Point, Oklhoma
    She is beautiful! I love her so much!!
     
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  17. CaramelKittey

    CaramelKittey Well-Known Member

    What a beautiful doe! I'm glad her udder is growing. It sounds like she is prepared to have her kids! Thinking Pink for you. :kid3: