Thursday, June 3, 2010

it worked!!

IT WORKED! Cricket, the LaMancha doe that self-nursed, that I mentioned a few posts down. . . well, we got an E-collar (first aid, the type to prevent dogs from licking/chewing on a wound) in town the other day. It was $8.99, so not bad.

Tuesday night we put it on her, backwards (so she could still eat, but couldn't turn her neck and nurse). Wednesday morning, she had a *full* udder and gave close to half a gallon of milk. Her udder is very nice and she is super easy to milk. Wednesday night she gave about 1 1/2 quarts and then this morning about half a gallon again. She has gotten friendlier in the past day too, since she wants to be milked!!

The other funny thing is, she is actually eating hay with the other goats and finishing her grain (which she almost never did). And for the first time we saw her drink water the other day :)! No wonder, she was drinking close to a gallon of milk a day, so now she is "starving", LOL!!

Anyway, that's the news for now. More later!

Cricket sporting her new collar,

a full udder! Photos taken about 10 hours since milking.



Teresa said...

I'm so glad the collar worked. That was a very creative solution. How long do you think you will have to leave the collar on?

Millie said...

Oh, I'm glad my human doesn't put one of those on me. But I know better than to nurse myself.

Suriyah said...

Teresa, sorry for not getting back to you sooner! For some reason it didn't tell me that there were comments. . .

Anyway, most people say it takes about a month to break them of it. So we'll see.

Joy said...

Of course, the real test comes when you take it off her. How long do you plan to keep it on?