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LeaningM
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« on: July 27, 2012, 07:57:05 PM »

Hate to sound stupid, but I'm confused .... I hear people talking about flushing during breeding or that kids were out of a flush - can somebody please explain this to me?
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mhoward2
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« Reply #1 on: July 27, 2012, 08:28:28 PM »

Flushing means increasing the level of feed offered to breeding does, starting about one month prior to the introduction of the bucks, to increase body weight, ovulation rate and hopefully litter size.
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imalilbirdie
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« Reply #2 on: July 28, 2012, 06:39:50 AM »

Oh my word..mhoward, I've never heard of that before..thanks for that education...

here's what "flushing" means to a cattle farmer/goat herder back home...

Flushing prior to breeding is flushing the cow/Doe for her embryo's/eggs.  Usually takes place for some type of Artificial Insemination.  Flushing of a cow/Doe after she's given birth is cleaning the cow/Doe out of all the after birth.

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mhoward2
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« Reply #3 on: July 28, 2012, 06:49:38 AM »

What I posted is what I've read on several websites. I've heard of flushing before but have never done it. I'm sorry if I'm wrong about it.
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Ace
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« Reply #4 on: July 28, 2012, 08:39:28 AM »

mhoward2, that's exactly what I've read and heard on the way to flush a goat.
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nancy d
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« Reply #5 on: July 28, 2012, 09:23:51 AM »

Yep, flushing is increasing grain in preperation for breeding.
#2  explanation is harvesting eggs for transfer to recip doe, which involves AI somewhere in the process.
One of those words that has more than one meaning. Wink
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Marta
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« Reply #6 on: July 28, 2012, 02:34:28 PM »

the way I heard it was....cleaning the body for ovulation, apparently the meat tastes better as well.
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nancy d
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« Reply #7 on: July 28, 2012, 02:51:28 PM »

Bob, an old time chicken farmer called it, "washing the meat". He fed birds straight corn for a week or two before butchering.
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« Reply #8 on: July 28, 2012, 04:39:01 PM »

Flushing is definitely a multi-purpose word!
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imalilbirdie
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« Reply #9 on: July 29, 2012, 06:51:39 AM »

What I posted is what I've read on several websites. I've heard of flushing before but have never done it. I'm sorry if I'm wrong about it.

You don't have to apologize for your post...not at all....I'm old school, raised by even an older school farmer...new meanings to words pop up all the time. Smiley 
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« Reply #10 on: July 29, 2012, 09:57:41 AM »

Nope, no need to apologize   Smiley

My Dad and my Grandpa used the same definition of flushing as what you posted. It's what I've heard all my life and it's always what I've read.  But, it sounds like there are many meanings to flush in animal husbandry   Wink
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« Reply #11 on: July 29, 2012, 10:49:11 AM »

The pre-breeding food flushing works well, almost too well sometimes, but you have to keep up with the nutrition (not the high levels like with the flushing but a good solid/balanced type) or the doe will absorb some of the fertilized eggs if her body can't sustain their growth.
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DragonLair Farm and Kennel in Central Maine with Nubians, Lamanchas and Oberhasli. Of course, combinations of 2 or more breeds happens also.
LeaningM
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« Reply #12 on: July 31, 2012, 09:26:21 PM »

Thanks for all the input.  I've heard it used in several different ways & wanted to make sure.
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dragonlair
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« Reply #13 on: August 01, 2012, 02:49:05 PM »

Yeah, you also flush wounds and abscesses, eyes, and even the uterus with antibiotics after a difficult birth or retained placenta! Roll Eyes laugh
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DragonLair Farm and Kennel in Central Maine with Nubians, Lamanchas and Oberhasli. Of course, combinations of 2 or more breeds happens also.
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