As mentioned in the previous post, we brought in a substitute milker because our first doe wouldn’t let me handle her or the babies near her. Substitute milker, temporarily and affectionately nicknamed “Mama”, was allowing the baby bucks to nurse for a couple minutes at a time on her own by Day 2. On Day 3, I saw her standing beside the pet carrier where we locked up the babies at night, impatiently waiting to take care of them.
I knew right then she was a keeper.
The whole crew is calm and steady now, because Mama is calm and steady. She keeps the yearling in check and stops her from head butting the babies too much. She also regulates the food so the younger ones get food.
Needless to say, we love her.