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0001890Dwarf FortressDwarf Mode -- Jobs, Farming/Farmer's Workshoppublic2010-05-15 23:582011-03-12 08:14
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0001890: Can't milk caged donkeys
I might just be doing something wrong, but this feels like a bug. I have a Dwarf set on "milking." I have a Farmer's Workshop with the task "milk animal" on repeat. I have a wooden cage directly outside the workshop containing both of my donkeys (one of which is female). The dwarf will not milk. I get the message "[name of dwarf] cancels milk creature: no creature". This particular Dwarf happens to also be a Stonecrafter, but there is no job conflict. I suspend the craft workshop and make sure he's listed as "no job" before I add the milk task.

Again, I suppose this might not be a bug and I could just be doing it wrong.
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related to 0000410resolved Toady One Creatures get fought over by dwarves trying to milk and cage them 
Issue History
2010-05-15 23:58thorvindrNew Issue
2010-05-16 00:29FootkerchiefNote Added: 0006752
2010-05-16 00:29FootkerchiefIssue Monitored: Footkerchief
2010-05-16 11:45thorvindrIssue Monitored: thorvindr
2010-05-16 11:52thorvindrNote Added: 0006799
2010-05-16 14:17FootkerchiefNote Added: 0006806
2010-05-16 14:19FootkerchiefNote Edited: 0006806bug_revision_view_page.php?bugnote_id=0006806#r2546
2010-05-17 02:20TsukoNote Added: 0006867
2010-05-26 22:39thorvindrNote Added: 0007365
2010-10-21 21:58Logical2uRelationship addedduplicate of 0000410
2010-12-30 17:31QuietustNote Added: 0014760
2011-01-06 08:25FootkerchiefRelationship replacedrelated to 0000410
2011-01-06 08:26FootkerchiefNote Added: 0014805
2011-01-06 08:26FootkerchiefTag Attached: AWAITING UPDATE
2011-03-12 08:13DwarfuTag Detached: AWAITING UPDATE
2011-03-12 08:14DwarfuNote Added: 0016143
2011-03-12 08:14DwarfuStatusnew => resolved
2011-03-12 08:14DwarfuResolutionopen => unable to reproduce
2011-03-12 08:14DwarfuAssigned To => Dwarfu

2010-05-16 00:29   
Are the donkeys tame? Have you tried letting them out of the cage?
2010-05-16 11:52   
The donkeys are tame. I did try it before I built the cages, with the same results.
2010-05-16 14:17   
(edited on: 2010-05-16 14:19)
You have to build the cage and then release them (http://df.magmawiki.com/index.php/40d:Cage#Moving_and_Releasing_Caged_Creatures [^]). Does that clear things up?

2010-05-17 02:20   
Just chain your animals that you want to use for butchering or milking or whatever, even pig tail ropes will do the trick, so use ropes!
2010-05-26 22:39   
So I should build a cage, assign the animal to it, unassign it, then try to milk it? I'll try that.
2010-12-30 17:31   
A "no creature" message could simply mean that any milkable animals have already been milked recently.
2011-01-06 08:26   
Reminder sent to: thorvindr

"So I should build a cage, assign the animal to it, unassign it, then try to milk it? I'll try that."

Did this solve your problem?
2011-03-12 08:14   
I've never seen anyone complain of donkeys in particular other than the general bugs of being faught over, etc. Think we can assume this was a user misunderstanding.