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  • Joined Jun 2010
Milk guzzling nanny
« on: April 14, 2019, 09:45:28 pm »

I haven't had goats for long, have found them to be very entertaining.

Mine have kidded this year (a first for me).. One of the girls had trouble feeding her twins
the vet came out and she gave her antibiotics & painkillers, as we milked her from her good teat to feed the little ones and
the nanny started to help herself to a drink from her own teat  :D The vet had never seen this before
we both were laughing...Anyhow I now top up one of the twins 4 times a day, the goat in question pushed her baby aside when she had stopped drinking and started guzzling out of the bottle !!  :roflanim: Same thing has happened today...Has anyone experienced this...Mum has plenty of good food, hay and fresh water and is 4/5 years old, the twins have grown amazingly quick along with the other two sets of twins next to her so there's no concern there......I'm just curious about this obvious milk loving goat....Any ideas


  • Joined May 2015
  • Aberdeenshire
Re: Milk guzzling nanny
« Reply #1 on: April 15, 2019, 09:08:25 am »
It's not unheard of for goats to drink their own milk and there are several threads on various forums about "bras" constructed to prevent milkers from draining the precious stuff before they can be milked.

It may be worth checking her calcium levels though - it's always possible she's seeking nutrients of which she's deficient that are in the milk to keep herself healthy - limestone flour is the usual additive to increase calcium intake through diet so try putting a little bowl of it out and see if she guzzles it. 

Milk fever, which is an emergency situation involving calcium deficiency, generally requires treatment with Calciject and there are some breeders who don't wait for the animals to go down with it but give the Calciject shortly after birth to ensure there's no deficiency.

If the twins are growing fast, it's likely she's producing significant quantities of milk to feed them... have you balanced her dietary intake to match the nutrients she's outputting to ensure that she stays healthy?

Sorry I'm not making any judgements here, but you said you were relatively new to goat-keeping so I'm trying to think of the base things that could cause a goat that wouldn't normally self-suck to do so.  There are probably some goats that simply enjoy the taste of milk! 
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  • Joined Jul 2014
Re: Milk guzzling nanny
« Reply #2 on: April 15, 2019, 01:45:51 pm »
Often kids which are reared too long on the bottle will take bottles of milk as they get older.  This is bad for them as once the oesophgeal groove has ceased to function the milk will enter the rumen where it sours and can cause upsets.

Milkers which suckle themselves or other goats are a real pain in the backside.


  • Joined Jun 2010
Re: Milk guzzling nanny
« Reply #3 on: April 15, 2019, 08:48:54 pm »

Thank you for replying. Laughter aside I did wonder if it there was an underlying problem, hence the post.

I only saw her suckle herself once when the vet and I held her down, she took full advantage of the position we had her in, as it was a struggle to milk her. She is quite an unfriendly goat compared to my others.  The bottle drinking attempts have ceased and she is now feeding both the twins from one teat, the vet said she shouldn't be bred from again as one of the teats is badly damaged and has no milk.  I brought her last summer so I wasn't aware of this and she wouldn't have been put in kid.  I'm pleased to say the little family are doing well now, I will continue to top up if needed as they grow I'm not sure one teat will be enough ?

Mad Goatwoman of Madeley

  • Joined Sep 2011
  • Telford
Re: Milk guzzling nanny
« Reply #4 on: April 16, 2019, 12:06:19 am »
I had twin kids one year who both insisted on feeding off the same teat. They grew well and eventually started taking from both sides. Milk quantity tends to match the need which is why I milked mine from about a week after kidding, although I didn't necessarily get much at first. Having said that, it's not unknown for goats who are rearing their kids to hold back when being milked, to make sure their babies get enough. Can't blame them I suppose.


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