Happy new year, goat friends! I have a question about one of my milkers. I'm not sure if I should be concerned, or up my patience/stubborn game.
I have a VERY ornery doe. She came to me (unexpectedly) as a first freshener three summers back. I had zero goat experience, so you can imagine our first summer of milking... It's MUCH improved -we had a great summer- but she's still prone to strong opinions on the milking stand here and there, especially when she's in heat. Luckily, she had a doeling last spring so I had a little help on the milking end this summer...
About two weeks ago she came into heat and, per usual, decided she was NOT going to tolerate being milked. When she gets like this, she's very dramatic and trembles like she's terrified. I try to show nothing but patient loving kindness (learned that lesson the hard way) and will quietly hold one leg while I hand milk one side at a time. She'll do handstands and squats the whole time. Loads of fun. I bred her and expected her to quiet down, but her terrible milking stand behavior has continued. She doesn't want to get on the stand, isn't interested in her breakfast, and acts like she's being horribly abused. I started to wonder if she's in pain (mastitis?) but she shows no signs of issues (strip cup-wise) and her kid continues to nurse as usual.
Does this sound like a red flag or simply an extra goat-y goat? Her behavior has coincided with temperature drops into the single digits for a week+ now so I wondered if that could be related. Has anyone had a goat act this ornery and inconsistent? Anyone had a doe protest more in the cold weather?? All opinions and thoughts welcome!