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Well, I read in a couple of books (and ME News, lol) that some people just separate kids from moms for about 6-8 hours (I was thinking I could keep them in separate pens in the barn overnight, milk the mom in the morning for me and let the kids nurse during the day as they wanted in the pasture???) I didn't realize kids would cause udders to physically change. Oops. I'm glad you said that. That does change things. Guess I'll be doing more bottle feeding than I thought. Not a problem (hurray, I'm retired!) but yeah. I didn't realize you can't leave the kids on mama. Thanks for sharing that.Woah, I thought you wanted to milk them? It isn't really like the fairy tales or Mother earth News magazines where you can just leave the kids on Mama and milk them also. In fact... you asked about the uneven udder on my own doe. I tried leaving the kids on, and that's what happens. The kids ruin good udders. The mom's won't let their milk down when you go to milk them if feeding kids, either.
Personal experience speaking here. I have tried about every possible arrangement to keep kids on does AND milk, to save myself the headache of bottle feeding kids. It's sort of a no-go.