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ND21st
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« on: May 03, 2019, 08:59:34 AM »

I have a first freshener who kidded two days ago w/twin boys.  However, she is letting any of the other kids nurse which is extremely frustrating.  With my setup I can't keep her contained with just her bucks.  She's always had free range of the pen and would put up a fuss if I did that.  I can keep her in a stall at night, but daytime is another story.  Obviously, she can't afford to provide milk for the others.
Do you think this will change with some time or is there any advice you could give?
Thanks!
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imalilbirdie
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« Reply #1 on: May 04, 2019, 07:34:40 AM »

Sounds like you've got a heck of a good mother who tends to take care of every baby...most herders would die to have a Doe like that...but I understand your situation, her boys needs their milk too.  The other babies have her smell now, and she's claiming them.  The only way to do this is to lock her away with her boys and maybe a mom that she doesn't claim that moms babies to keep her and her boys company.  I don't think she'll ever stop feeding the other babies.  Not unless separated.
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Julie H
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« Reply #2 on: May 04, 2019, 02:02:22 PM »

I have never had a doe willing nurse a baby that was not hers and I have had times I wish I did!  I would make a large separate pen for them among the herd and maybe situate it where they can be inside or outside  and she may be happier.

I use the combination cattle panels as they are too high to jump and nobody is squeezing through.  Those kids need their milk and she will just have to live with it.  Are your other does not producing enough.  I find it odd that a baby would look elsewhere if they are getting enough from their mothers.
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ND21st
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« Reply #3 on: May 04, 2019, 08:14:49 PM »

She's starting to move away from the greedy gobblers.  The kids are all nice and filled out and playful so I believe they are all getting their share.
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dragonlair
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« Reply #4 on: May 05, 2019, 08:32:26 PM »

I have several like that, some are related, some not. I have twin sisters who both feed each others kids. I had several mother/daughter pairs who would feed each others kids (grandkids and siblings!). A couple will feed anyones kids, they don't seem to mind.

Now, I just pull all the doelings and any sire prospects to bottle feed, leaving the males on mom.
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ND21st
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« Reply #5 on: May 09, 2019, 09:56:40 PM »

Good news, she's not letting other kids nurse anymore.  I put it to being a novice mom who just needed  a few days to get the picture!
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Julie H
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« Reply #6 on: May 10, 2019, 01:04:09 PM »

Also the fact that at the beginning they are so full that they let their own nurse whenever they want.  At about the 1-2 week mark I notice that nursing happens on her terms alone.
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dragonlair
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« Reply #7 on: May 10, 2019, 03:09:18 PM »

Good news, ND!
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imalilbirdie
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« Reply #8 on: May 11, 2019, 07:35:56 AM »

very happy to hear all is well again. Smiley
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