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.
cathymb6: I have a new calf, not sure when to start milking heifer. Saw somewhere within the first 12 hours. Is this correct?
Jul 6, 2014 13:32:48 GMT -5
mommamary: Researching dual purpose milk and fiber goats. Does anyone have recommendations?
Jul 7, 2014 19:01:46 GMT -5
mommamary: I am researching goat breeds that have Both good milk and fiber for spinning. Are there any good ones?
Jul 7, 2014 19:03:44 GMT -5
Jenny at Sagehill: Problem w/fiber goats is they put their energy into fiber, not milk. Cashmere goats might work, but their fiber needs a special dehairing machine to remove a LOT of coarse hair from a bit of cashmere.
Jul 13, 2014 12:05:01 GMT -5
Jenny at Sagehill: Angora goats might work except they aren't bred to milk much or longer than their kids require. They're rather smaller animals and can be finicky.
Jul 13, 2014 12:08:13 GMT -5
beelady: i had an angora doe that was a precocious milker. huge udder too... right now im crossing angora buck on nubian does saving the doelings that show mohair/cashmere and breeding those onto angoras..
Jul 16, 2014 7:42:26 GMT -5
romal: hi there..does anyone know if the Heifer Diary will continue & how Joann is doing?
Jul 17, 2014 14:16:14 GMT -5
Chatty Kathy: I've been out of the KFC, milking mass quantities. I cannot seem to find Joann's current diary entries and saw a post asking how she is doing. She has been such an inspiration and help to me. I'd like to know how she is.
Jul 28, 2014 19:52:58 GMT -5
sparkey75: Why can i sometimes see the avitars and cute pics on the side of the page by everyones name and sometimes not?
Jul 31, 2014 7:27:30 GMT -5
erinnny: sparkey75 Because not everyone changes their profile pic.
Aug 11, 2014 15:31:49 GMT -5
mootopian: I am trying to post an ad to tell folks I have good dairy cows for sale, but I don't understand how to start a post.
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wyomama: You need to be an active member to post an ad in the Auction Barn.
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Jerseytinkerbell: Can't create a thread or PM. Any ideas?
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Jerseytinkerbell: Figured it out, I think. Had something to do with my anti virus.
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mootopian: What would make me active?
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Janene: Ask a few questions and introduce yourself!
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Janene: Um, not here, start a thread or comment on one or two.
Aug 23, 2014 21:49:05 GMT -5
Mare: anyone out there
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Jerseyboy1: How do I post to threads!
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