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Poor mothering instincts

Started this discussion. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle Mar 31. 13 Replies

I have a 2 year old ff who just gave birth to triplets. Unfortunately she is not being very kind to them, head buts them whenever they try to go near her, and not gently. I have tried to hold her to…Continue

Cystic ovaries?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jennifer Nov 20, 2017. 2 Replies

I have a doe who acts very bucky when in heat. She mounts the other does, does the tongue flapping and makes awful groaning / screaming sounds. The sounds coming out of her are pretty intense, you…Continue

Could it be CL?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jennifer Jan 31, 2017. 4 Replies

Hello,I have a small herd of 3 does and a wether.  One doe was born here and the other 2 does and wether were purchased from breeders who health test and had clean herds. About a month ago my wether…Continue

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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Jennifer's discussion Poor mothering instincts
"Sorry to hear that. I'm betting that it's something wonky with her hormones. Hopefully they will be normal next time, so she'll accept her kids. As for what to feed the kids ... you'll hear people argue all day long about…"
Mar 31
Jennifer replied to Jennifer's discussion Poor mothering instincts
"No luck so far getting them accepted by mom. She is no longer nasty with them, but avoids them and nursing seems out of the question for her. At this point the kids are kind of afraid of her and have stopped trying :(  It is odd because this…"
Mar 30
Winding River Farm (Bev) replied to Jennifer's discussion Poor mothering instincts
"Hope your little ones are doing well and mom is starting to except them.  Nigerians are usually so bonded to their babies I have found.   I have 16 does and have been fortunate -only had to bottle feed after I lost a doe a few years ago…"
Mar 30
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Jennifer's discussion Poor mothering instincts
"Those are nice big kids, especially for triplets! Good luck!"
Mar 28
Jennifer replied to Jennifer's discussion Poor mothering instincts
"I haven't gotten around to any coffee yet this morning either :) may not happen until this afternoon... They weigh in at 3lb 8oz, 3lb 5oz and 4lb 2oz. Seem fairly content. Mom is screaming her head off in the barn so I am going to bring them…"
Mar 28
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Jennifer's discussion Poor mothering instincts
"Ah! A calf, sheep, and goat colostrum replacer is what showed up in my search, but the instructions only mentioned calves. I hate all-species products. That's actually how my daughter mixed up the wrong amount for the goat. She was looking at…"
Mar 28
Jennifer replied to Jennifer's discussion Poor mothering instincts
"The only reason I am using the colostrum replacer at all is because mom doesn't seem to be producing enough for the 3. I hate getting products with such poor instructions. This one is specifically for goats and the bottle says it should feed 15…"
Mar 28
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Jennifer's discussion Poor mothering instincts
"This is so sad. Something has her hormones messed up. The only time I've had this happen is with a doe that had a really rough birth, as mentioned earlier, or premature birth, which these kids are obviously not. It's all about the hormones…"
Mar 28
Naomi D'Andrea replied to Jennifer's discussion Poor mothering instincts
"No advice here, just best wishes! Keep it up!"
Mar 28
Jennifer replied to Jennifer's discussion Poor mothering instincts
"Thank you Deborah. This morning I brought them out to see her and she was not as aggressive with them, a little more curious. But as soon as they try to approach she head butts them. Would not let them nurse, even of I was holding her. So milked her…"
Mar 28
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Jennifer's discussion Poor mothering instincts
"Oh, my! That is really strange. You are correct that nursing should have helped because that should have caused an oxytocin release, which is the love hormone. Sounds like you're doing everything you can do. I'd keep exposing her to them…"
Mar 27
Jennifer replied to Jennifer's discussion Poor mothering instincts
"Not at all, if I hadn't been watching like a hawk I could have easily missed it. All 3 kids were delivered pretty quickly and with a minimal amount of pushing. I brought the first around to her face after toweling off the gunk on its nose and…"
Mar 27
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Jennifer's discussion Poor mothering instincts
"Did she have an especially tough birth? They sometimes act like that if the birth was hard, but they usually act more motherly when they feel better. How is she doing now?"
Mar 27
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Poor mothering instincts

I have a 2 year old ff who just gave birth to triplets. Unfortunately she is not being very kind to them, head buts them whenever they try to go near her, and not gently. I have tried to hold her to allow them to nurse but she is having none of it. I finally put her in the milk stand and milked out about 4 oz which has been shared amongst the 3 kids by bottle. I am afraid to leave her alone with them. Have been in the kidding pen for 2 hours now and she is still having none of it. Would love…See More
Mar 27
Jennifer replied to Jennifer's discussion Cystic ovaries?
"The ultrasound was a quick scan to see if there were any kids so I doubt that they took the time to check if her anatomy was otherwise normal. I sure hope she is not a hermaphrodite, but I guess it's possible. She only has the bucky behaviour…"
Nov 20, 2017
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Jennifer's discussion Cystic ovaries?
"I was going to ask, are you sure she's a doe? But if you had an ultrasound, I'm assuming they'd have realized it if the anatomy was not 100% female. But in any case, you will probably have to contact your vet, so you could…"
Nov 19, 2017

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