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Weaned Goats Stealing Milk

Discussion in 'Behaviors & Handling Techniques - Goats' started by DellaMyDarling, Sep 10, 2019.

  1. Sep 10, 2019
    DellaMyDarling

    DellaMyDarling Ridin' The Range

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    I really cannot find any info on this anywhere.


    When I got my 3 does, the yearling kept nursing off her mother who was already bred again.
    Figured Mama would put a stop to it eventually. Not enough to keep her udder full, but the brat was definitely getting enough to swallow a few times. Mama would even stand on things to allow brat better access.
    I tried taping her teats for a while. Thought it was over. Mama should freshen mid October. I don't have time to stand in pasture all day to see who's being mischievous.

    Goat 3 was in milk, still is, plan to dry her off when Mama's kids are old enough to milk share. Supply has decreased, but probably at an acceptable rate.

    Labor day weekend we added a buckling, nearly 6months old. He was well weaned and not housed with does anymore.
    Goat 3 is letting him nurse!

    (Kids kept telling me they watched it. We confirmed, after a significant milk drop over 3 days, by separating the two of them. Milk back to where it was before he arrived. First 2 days she'd refuse to let down on stand again, like when her kids were being weaned.)

    Is Mama letting buckling nurse as well?


    What the heck goats!
    What do you do with such nonsense?!