unusual milk

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  1. len

    len Well-Known Member

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    Had a first timer deliver twins this morning. One little lad was a bit weak at sucking so I milked out a few ounces to bottle feed him. Had a two ounces left over and left it on the counter to feed him later. This stuff separated into a thin brown watery layer on the bottom and a creamy layer on top...certainly not the kind of thick rich colostrum I'm used to. Has anyone seen this before?
     
  2. Ross

    Ross Moderator Staff Member Supporter

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    I've always assumed it was normal and not unlike seperating blood into the serum and um other stuff (Its gotta have a name). That blood serum makes a useful colostrum replacer if its from a healthy animal in your flock.
     

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    Ross Moderator Staff Member Supporter

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    Sorry meant to add not all colostrum has done this but I have noticed it. Never really observed colostrum closely to see if its consistant! Looking forward to more answers on this one.
     
  4. len

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    thanks Ross, good to know someone else has seen this. I opted to raise the little guy as a bottle baby, since I now have considerable skill at this. :)
    Momma didn't have a huge amount of milk and I've watched the strong lamb and momma's udder closely...all seems well.
    I'll mention it to the vet next time I see him and see if he has a fancypants name for it, then post it here.
    cheers,