Posted 12-08-2003 at 16:52:18
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You can milk the doe the same day she has her kids, just make sure that they get the colostrum (first milk). I recommend feeding the kids milk from the doe for at least the first two days before switching them to milk replacer. The doe's colostrum will contain the antibodies the kids will need to stay healthy. If they don't get this you can end up with sick or dead kids.
The doe's udder may stay hard the first few milkings. This is normal, some may not want to "drop" all of their milk, others it may be from the strain of kidding. As long as there aren't any chunks in the milk, she should be fine. A "plug" in the first few strips of milk is normal for the first milking. Good Luck!