New goat owners we are! found twins in a stall on the coldest day ever! One was dead to the ground and the other standing shivering. It was crazy, since it was our first. My heart was pounding as I took the baby and decided at the last min. to pick up the other dead one too. I ran so fast to my far away home and screamed for help. My husband and older son took them from my arms and ran to the bathroom to run hot water on them. Well our hot water heater broke so we had to boil some. We clean the one and dryed her and the other one started breathing after much prayer! Her stomach was soo thin , her whole body was solid cold . I ran back to help mom out. They continied to put hot water on her (warm) and used a blowdryer. This dead animal came alive! she couldnt even hold her head up! After 3 days and nights she was ready to go suck on mom herself. Mother wants nothing to do with her at all! How do I feed her now?? Dont want milk replacer I want the real thing. I tried serval times to milk her and she holds her milk in. Out of ideas. Can anyone help us??
Is the other twin nursing on mom? If so this could be to your advantage!! Last year I had a doe that had twins and I took them from her to bottle raise because I wanted the mother doe as a family milker. The doe REFUSED to let her milk down . I tried everything I could think of, but it wasn't until I put a kid on one teat that she let down. I had someone hold the kid so she could nurse and I was on the other side. When the doe let her milk down for the kid I was also milking ;D!!! They can't hold up the quarters individually. Also have you tried holding the doe and letting the kid nurse? If you put a lead around the doe's neck and holder her against you then get someone (or do it yourself) to put the rejected kid on to suckle. If the doe can't see which kid is nursing then she won't fight. This will end up being like bottle feeding the kid, but you don't have to prepare the milk ;D. I had a doe last year that also had twins and she refused to raise either one of them, couldn't stand the sight of those little off-springs. So I ended up bringing the kids up to the house and every 6 hours (for the first couple of days) I went out with the kids and held Mom so they could eat. As it became routine the trips out to the barn got easier because everyone knew what was expected of them. After a few days we moved to just going out every 12 hours.
moserfam6: I am in the Kansas City area and need some comfrey to make a poultice and/or feed to a cow that broke her leg. Anyone know where I can find some comfrey?
Dec 7, 2013 17:44:35 GMT -5
jettat: Need help yearling bull calf got into pig food sometime since yesterday and is down with diarrhea. Vet didn't come out but said only thing to do is give it Kaopetric (SP) but don't give us much hope. Any suggestions would be a big help.
Dec 8, 2013 15:26:03 GMT -5
hroewe: Just finished Joann's book. It was fantastic!
Dec 12, 2013 23:11:17 GMT -5
milkingoneand: Contact me off group and let me know exactly what you're looking for as I'm currently looking at heifers ready to breed soon. I have a couple of farm visits on my list, and might be able to help you out.
Jan 31, 2014 14:24:44 GMT -5
brassj41: Good morning folks!
Feb 1, 2014 7:52:41 GMT -5
brigitte: Contact me by PM I have a fancy MS registered heifer 10 months old
Feb 2, 2014 20:11:38 GMT -5
fordkevint: Hello, I am looking for a family milk cow in Southern KS this spring. Anyone have a reference out there?
Feb 13, 2014 10:59:18 GMT -5
littlebirddog: Getting some calves ready to be weened any good ideas
Feb 14, 2014 12:33:01 GMT -5
whitegas: I'm looking for our first family milk cow. We live in Michigan. Anyone have suggestions of where to find one?
Feb 16, 2014 20:02:00 GMT -5
FarmBoy66: Littlebirddog, get them started on grain, free choice. They also need to have water. Try to get them interested in it and then in small steps start taking their milk away. They should be fully weaned in about 2 weeks or so
Feb 17, 2014 20:21:25 GMT -5
fairfarmhand: I love this place. No one else, even my husband understands why I'd do all the work, spend all the money, just to milk a cow.
Feb 19, 2014 14:29:45 GMT -5
frauline214: oI am new to forum. I have a jersey/beef cow cross who is due to calve shortly. I plan on adding other calves to her after she calves. This is a first time freshener and she has been raised to let me milk her. Any suggestions how many calves I can add?
Mar 2, 2014 19:10:43 GMT -5
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