Self-sucking doe : LUSENET : Dairygoats : One Thread

Well, I've suspected it for a few days now, but today favoritegoat was caught in the act of drinking her own milk! I thought I'd try teat-taping her for a few days, but as dry and coooooold as it is here, I'm worried about it making her teats sore. Anyone have another idea(other than culling--just not an option for KeishaKay). Thanks for any thoughts on the matter.

-- mary (, February 26, 2002


I've heard that you can wet the teat, then dip it in alum, and that this will solve the problem after a few applications.

-- Rebekah (, February 26, 2002.

You can also use a soft bucket. Wallmart carries their house beautiful buckets which work excellent! They are in the paint section, they give them to you for free to pour your paint in them. Take off the bail and cut the bottom out. Slip this over her head, to make an elizabethean collar, so she can't reach her teats, she can eat and drink, just not bend her neck. We use this for stitches etc. Vicki

-- Vicki McGaugh TX (, February 27, 2002.

I also have a favorite doe who will do this. I have come to the decision that there is something missing in her diet that she needs. So, rather than let her suckle herself, after I milk her, I give her about a cup of her milk in a bucket. This seems to satisfy her need/desire, and she doesn't suckle herself any more. She doesn't always do this. She has gone through several kiddings that she doesn't seem to need the milk. It doesn't hurt me, or her to allow her to drink some milk. Sissy

-- Sissy Barth (, February 27, 2002.

Shelia Nixon, some of you may know of her famous lines, once said that to stop a doe from sefl sucking to put some caynee pepper on her teats. Don't know as I ahve never had a doe do that. But folks swear by it.

-- Bernice (, February 27, 2002.

I had a doe who did this and I found that milking her more often for awhile solved the problem. I guess she just didn't like that full feeling. At the time she was self-nursing I had recently weaned my son so I guess I was feeling very empathetic when I was looking for solutions!

-- Sheryl in Me (, March 02, 2002.

I just wondered if anyone has a photo (or photos) of a goat suckling herself.? (PLEASE DON'T REPLY VIA EMAIL)

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