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my goat eats too fast

 
Brice Moss
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so I have a lil doe who gets grumpy on the milk stand as soon as she runs out of grain, so right now to make my life easier she is getting more grain than I want to give her.

anyone got some ideas about how to slow down her eating so that I can get my milk without her getting too much or without her kicking and bucking.
 
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would a smear of peanut butter on her muzzle keep her occupied with it's removal while you get the milking done?
 
                                          
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I used to put several large, smooth, clean stones in my horses feed bucket to slow her eating down. She had to work the stones back and forth to get the grain out. Maybe it would work for your goat too. Also, a few alfalfa cubes thrown in would give her something to work on after the grain was gone. they really have to chew them. Hope one or both of these ideas helps!
 
Melba Corbett
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simplyshinto wrote:
I used to put several large, smooth, clean stones in my horses feed bucket to slow her eating down. She had to work the stones back and forth to get the grain out. Maybe it would work for your goat too. Also, a few alfalfa cubes thrown in would give her something to work on after the grain was gone. they really have to chew them. Hope one or both of these ideas helps!


In Herbal Handbook for Barn and Stable by Levy, she actually recommends the stones mixed into the feed so they have to pick through it, for goats.  I've had a doe like this and ended up tying her to the wall around her chest with a girth strap made for horses, front neck in the stanchion headstall, and both back feet spread eagled and tied down.  My husband made a wood frame attached to the wall so I could loop the girth strap around her and over the 2 x 4 to secure it.  She still struggled so much I had to milk into a glass mason jar by holding it with one hand and milking with the other hand only, and then changing jars when it was full.  Otherwise she knocked the milk over, but at least with the girth strap holding her up against the wall, she couldn't lie down on top of me and the milk jar.  She eventually calmed down and now jumps up on the milking stand and waits to be milked. Took several weeks though. 

Don't reward a doe that is jumping around to get more feed, with more feed.  That only teaches them to misbehave.   
 
Dave Bennett
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simplyshinto wrote:
I used to put several large, smooth, clean stones in my horses feed bucket to slow her eating down. She had to work the stones back and forth to get the grain out. Maybe it would work for your goat too. Also, a few alfalfa cubes thrown in would give her something to work on after the grain was gone. they really have to chew them. Hope one or both of these ideas helps!

The farm where I trade rabbit for goat's milk uses alfalfa cubes for her problem goats too.  I wish I could have a couple Kinder Does and a weathers but alas it is not to be living here.
 
Brice Moss
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tried the rocks
she picked them up and tossed them out of the food pan I'll try to find some bigger rocks before tomorow

I'm hoping not to have to resort to the alfafa cubes or a belly band and hobbles
this really bothers me though because she's such a great little doe otherwise but she won't just settle in and let me do my thing on the milk stand
 
Dave Bennett
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Give her candy hahahahahaha.  Just kidding. 
 
                                          
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think fist sized roundish rocks.
 
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