Well, sad news. The smaller baby goat did not make it last night. I noticed on the 2nd and 3rd feeding that she was not sucking very well on the bottle. She would take a pull or two and then move her mouth off the bottle. I would then have to open her mouth, stick the nipple in and hold her jaw closed around it while she sucked a few times. When I picked her up, her coat was warm so I don't think that she got chilled during the night. I think that she was just weak and probably not having a good start with Maggie ( the mom) didn't help matters.
Now the baby that is still alive? That little one is a live wire! She sucks on my pants, my shoes, my fingers. If she can get her mouth on it she will try and nurse. She ate just fine this morning. Being that I thought that I was going to feed two babies there was lots of milk. I didn't feed her all of it, but she did get a little bit more.
I got Maggie on the stand, no, she did not "hop" up. I had to pull her up and push her on to the stand. I again tied her short to the stand. She did a little better then yesterday. By that I mean that she did not pick her feet up as much and did not try and kick. I did not get as much milk.
But I milked both sides and I milked till I could not get any more out. I don't know how many ways you can squeeze a teat but I milked from all angles and bumped her udder and massaged it to get the milk down. With Maggie being tense maybe she was holding back some.
My BIL says that I should be getting a half gallon. I think that might be a bit much. From what I read, first time fresheners are not the biggest milkers and I don't think that her milk has come in yet. Her udder was not very full looking, and what I did get from her was thick and pale yellow, kind of like the color of butter.
I will talk to goat lady at church today and ask her how much I should be getting now and I think that I will ask her to come over and check both Juju and Maggie and the baby out.
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