Swelling on bucklings' necks

Discussion in 'Dairy Goat Info' started by mill-valley, Apr 10, 2008.

  1. mill-valley

    mill-valley New Member

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    Two of my bucklings (7 wks old) have soft swellings where the jaw and neck meet. About fist size on one, and about 1/2 that on the other. They are drinking from a lambar with 5 doelings the same age...none of the doelings have it. I have had it on bottle babies before and it goes away after several months, but just wondering if anyone can tell me what causes it? Could it be from the way they drink? Or something else entirely?
     
  2. Chaty

    Chaty New Member

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    Sounds like a milk goiter to me..
     

  3. CarlinsDarlin

    CarlinsDarlin Guest

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    That's the first thing I thought of.
     
  4. mill-valley

    mill-valley New Member

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    Thanks! I just looked that up online...never heard of it before. From the Fias Co farm website...that's exactly what it is. Strange....but apparently not anything to worry about?
     
  5. Kaye White

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    Nope. After you wean them, most go away. Even doelings get these.
    Kaye
     
  6. Cotton Eyed Does

    Cotton Eyed Does New Member

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    My dam raised doe that I kept from last year had one. She liked her Mama's milk. It went away. No problems.
     
  7. Sondra

    Sondra New Member

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    they eat more than the doelings probably
     
  8. mill-valley

    mill-valley New Member

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    Must be....if I think back to the last few years....those were all buck kids too. These guys have bigger ones though...especially the one is kind of unsightly.
     
  9. Kaye White

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    :biggrin I showed a Feb. doeling last year, after weaning, with one the size of a lemon. Yes, several judges made comment of how large and they were RIGHT on that she must have been a milk hog. Even Joan Dean Rowe DVM made her Jr. GCH and told me not to sweat it. When she freshened it would go away. Yep, about 1/2 way through her preg. no milk goiter.
    Kaye
     
  10. baileybunch

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    Whew! I have a 3 week old doeling who has swelling, same location. I took her temp, normal. Freaked all out, a little. And yep, she's a piggy and the heaviest of all my seven kids who are all same age! I've really only ever noticed it in my older kids (nearer to weaning) never in a 3 week old. I can breathe a sigh of relief now!
     
  11. Ashley

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    Thanks for the link, neat info.