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Posted by Linda F on April 20, 2002 at 22:10:00:
In Reply to: Advise..PLeeeezzzz posted by Helene on April 20, 2002 at 14:10:38:
Hi Helene, been awhile. I'm going to tell you what we do but just use your own judgement and go from there. We keep our bred does together all the time. When one kids we keep them in a kidding pen for about 3-4 days especially with twins or triplets so they bond more. After 3-4 days we let them out with the herd, at first they will kinda boss it around alttle and some will be kinda nasty too at first but the little ones are tougher than you think, after the first day they seem to do just fine. I think what they are doing is letting the little one know that they are not the mom and the little ones when really young will try to nurse off the other does at first or until the doe sets them straight. I have never had any injuries. We started kidding in Jan and the last one to come in will be the first part of May so there is a wide range of ages and kids will get weaned while others are still young. I know what your going through though because I went through it my first year I was so afraid they were going to get hurt. I guess if Iris is feeling better and she can handle the other does I would not worry but if she is still slow and somewhat sore I would wait like the vet suggested. As far as the bucks go I would keep them pened up seperate until breeding season again, you just never know what might happen and you sure don't want to breed back any of the does so soon after kidding. Hope this helps some.
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