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Posted by GregCo on November 24, 2004 at 11:12:19 from (22.214.171.124):
In Reply to: what can you do... posted by Cindi on November 24, 2004 at 10:03:03:
We have this same problem every year.
We do a few different things to straighten things out.
Milk out the side that the kids are favoring part way forcing them to nurse the other side so that the udder will even out. In time they will get the idea and nurse from both sides.
In order for this to work out your doe is going to have to get used to the idea of being milked like it or not. Some are stubborn but start to come around after a few milking sessions. With some stubborn does you can have someone hold one back leg up while you milk. With one back lag off of the stand they cant jump around as much.
You can try putting some teat tape on the teat that is being favored so that the kids cannot nurse from that side. They will then move to the other side and the tape can be removed.
We also will hold the doe and put a kid on each teat. After a few days each kid will have their own side and the udder will even out.
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