Talked with our non-milking-doe (CM2)'s breeder, and she refuses to take her back and refund all of our money. She'll take her back ... today ... and give us half of our money. Says it's our fault. That CM2's a first time mom (first freshening) so she's not used to being milked. That we need to be patient and take lots of time.
Since she kidded 4/10/10... you'd think she would have milked her more than "once or twice" to get her used to the whole process. I realize she had a lot going on in her life but it doesn't take more than 10 minutes to do a quick milking or even to just feel around the udder to get her used to hands down there.
Did I mention that she kept attacking Hawk and Honey so we had to separate them really quickly? I'd rather have the kids to raise them to be gentle, than to have Hawk hurt CM2 with his budding horns or have CM2 hurt either of the kids. And did I mention that we got Hawk and Honey from the same breeder? Will NEVER buy from her again. Not even to get soaps.
Nope. I refuse to put my family at risk for the sake of patience. She bites a little more often each time we try.
Stay tuned. I'm on my way to consult with a long-time goat farmer.
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Update at 2:45 p.m.: Talked with the goat farmer, and she agrees that CM2's breeder misrepresented the situation. You can't sell her as a milking goat without actually giving the goat experience in producing milk at a human's hands. "Once or twice" doesn't cut it, especially for a first-timer, and for having such a "personality conflict" with the breeder as she stated many times. Clue ... meet Vikki. My goat farmer-friend would have never taken the goat, and I don't think we should have either. I even offered to let Patricia keep $100 out of the fee, but haven't heard back from her.
If anyone requests information about the breeder or CM2, I'll answer truthfully.
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Just found an interview that our breeder did in July 2008 that clearly states "C____ is the wild one who believes that walls are made to be walked on, and springboarded off. She is like a Ninja. Her coat color is interesting. It is the color of C____ with a white outline of a cat on the side of her body. "
Wild? And she's THAT old? Oh boy. Now I'm really hopping mad! Why did the breeder wait so long to breed CM2? Was it because she is wild and she hoped this would calm her down? Or was it because CM2 would be easier to sell if she produced milk. Argh!
And just another comment... Her place is situated on what looked like a very mountainous 2-3-4 acres (not many, but then again, we don't have much either). The buck pen housed 3-4 males, situated near the horse pen, and was probably the size of a large dog kennel, tarped, with a small "outside" run. The doe and kidding pen was on the other side of the driveway.
Just wanted to post the pix.