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Old 07-09-2011, 07:00 PM   #1
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So who has weaned their kids so far?

It's that time of year when I start to contemplate weaning versus beating them to death with the lambar

They fight, they push, they rip the bucket off the fence, or knock the holder over, and of course --they ALL MUST HAVE THE ONE PERFECT NIPPLE -- -GRRRRRR!!!!!!
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Old 07-09-2011, 07:05 PM   #2
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All of mine were weaned 2 weeks ago - screaming for the lambar is down to a minimal now!!! Always a great feeling to be done pasteurizing mik and cleaning those lambars for the year



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Old 07-09-2011, 07:20 PM   #3
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Not yet.....with May babies and soon-to-be July kids (long story, don't ask! ), well, let's just say that I am trying to NOT think about it!

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Old 07-09-2011, 07:29 PM   #4
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Just going to once a day today. Youngest was born 4/12 and is about 40#. Don't want to, but...long story short--my hay guy is an a**hole and I'm looking for a new one. Can't afford alfalfa pellets AND extra milk due to the gals production going down due to hay they won't eat.

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Old 07-09-2011, 07:58 PM   #5
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and of course --they ALL MUST HAVE THE ONE PERFECT NIPPLE -- -GRRRRRR!!!!!!
evil evil evil goatlings.
Yes, what the heck is that all about?!? And from the day they were born, no less. Makes me crazy!!!

Still feeding doelings born 3/15, 2xday, but have talked about cutting back to 1xday. They are just not into that morning bottle. Little guy I purchased that was born 4/10, he'll be on the bottle for a while. At least he is NOT picky.

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Always a great feeling to be done pasteurizing mik and cleaning those lambars for the year
I am eagerly awaiting this day.
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Old 07-09-2011, 08:07 PM   #6
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Ah Camille, I feel the pain -- I have May kids too....though I got smart and sold the pregnant doe that was due in July, LOL!

I am still milk feeding February kids! FIVE MONTH OLDS! Twice a day at that!!! I have yet to have anyone turn away from milk, they are all pigs.

Vicki, did you go back to weaning at 12 weeks, or are you going longer this year?

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Old 07-09-2011, 09:08 PM   #7
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I just weaned the last three April kids two days ago. They were following the example of the March kids and are eating medicated meat goat to the tune of over ten pounds a day for six kids. They're into the hay very well too so at ten weeks they started walking away from the lambar with it still half full... time to wean!

What a relief to put the pasteurizer and lambar away... So much less to carry and clean up after every day!

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Old 07-09-2011, 09:52 PM   #8
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We are thinking about it My oldest are just now four months old. When I need the milk, they get shorted, but otherwise, since I'd be dumping milk since everybody is at their peak, I go ahead and fill them up twice a day.

I have june babies too so it will definitely be fall before everyone is weaned. My biggest complaint is that I have to clean the darn things so much! They get yukko really fast, and I hate all the bleaching and scrubbing.

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I weaned my March kids, last week was the last day of getting to empty lambars from the other pen, they are eating so much of their pellet and eating so much hay they didn't need the milk anyway...their pen is the Sahara Desert with this drought...but alas I have another group of 5 June kids and I am keeping all of them, so I will be lambaring for awhile now. Usually the March kids would already be out in the woods pen, but I am buck poor at the moment so they are stuck in the desert eating hay.
Between milk sales and soap and 3 grandboys drinking milk, we don't have a drop to spare. Vicki

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My buckling and the Nubian doeling are weaned. Everybody else is still on the bottle or still nursing.



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