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Weaning Woes or Not

1 Jul

I was a bit surprised when Cutie announced she wanted to come in and get milked.  Last year, I tried to wean her kid and milk her, but she threw such a hissy fit I had to give her daughter back to her and wait to start milking…twice.  Then I sold her kid, and she had no problems with letting me milk.

Cutie

This year she has two kids on her.  I decided if she wanted to get milked, I’d wean her kids and see how it went.  I put Addie on the front pasture, and I put Milo with Xerxes (since I sold Uno).

Milo

That evening Cutie came in and let me milk her. I’m not sure she let all of her milk down, but she did let me milk.

Cutie and Cinnamon–yes they are racing to see who gets milked first

Cinnamon won, but Cutie waited patiently for her turn.

When I went out later to shut the birds in for the night, I saw Addie with her mom.  I still don’t know how she escaped.  Now some goats with twins will not let one kid eat unless the other is there.  Other moms will let a kid nurse whenever.  I figured I would know which Cutie was in the morning and hoped I’d at least get Milo’s share of milk.  But Cutie is a both kids or none mom.  She had a full udder in the morning!

Addie is out in pasture with her mom.

Addie itching (Tilly front; Octavius middle, Myson and Cutie back)

She thinks she’s really special having escaped me.  I honestly don’t care who weans her–me or Cutie.

I’m guessing as long as Milo stays put, I’ll get to keep getting all of her milk!

“It’s not fair!” -Milo

Well, most of it.  The next evening after her escape it looks like Addie managed to skim two or three inches off my milk from Cutie.

I guess I can share until I manage to catch her again and figure out how to keep her weaned.  I’m actually okay with sharing for a little bit because Cutie, for some reason, is a lot harder for me to milk.