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Getting milking started

 
wouter wijnants
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We have a problem!
A week ago, we found 2 dead little babygoats in front of the stable. We don't know what happened, but we guess that one of the others goats kicked the little ones.. This are the first babygoats that are born since we have goats. So we think we have solved that problem by making 2 little, separated stables for the other 2 goats who are pregnant.. Let's hope so..
Now, we've started milking the mothergoat without the kids. I've been milking her for a week now, 3 times a day, but it looks like it isn't working well.. Last year, she gave a decent amount of milk, but now, almost nothing! I thought it would go better after a couple of days, milking 3 times, but it stays the same..
Does anyone has a idea what is going on and what we can do about it?
 
R Scott
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It can be tough--they get stressed and depressed when they lose a baby. They have feelings, too.

Or it could be part of why the kids died was because her milk was not enough. But I would think you would have noticed that.

Just keep consistent with it.
 
Katy Whitby-last
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Just like humans you can boost milk supply with fennel seeds and a couple of other herbs that I can't remember offhand.
 
wouter wijnants
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Thanks for the replies!

I think we already have a little bit more milk.. But still not really a lot. Like 200ml/day.. I hope it will keep on going better.. We've added some fennelseeds in her food for 2 days, good idea
We were also thinking that maybe it is normal that they give so little at the beginning, because the little ones don't drink that much to. But I guess 200ml is not normal..
Any thoughts?
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