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The Milk Room Door

30 Mar

This door gets a lot of use; I’m in and out between garage goats, milk room, soap room, and barnyard several times.  Some critters make it a bit more difficult than it should be.

Dolly, Haley and Aurora

I get it.  Dolly wants in to eat because I let her in to eat every day.  As hard as the last week’s weather has been on my new kids, it’s been just as hard on my old ones.  Dolly has had a hard time staying warm, so she needs the extra feed.

Dolly

I’ve been feeding Aurora here every day all winter. It’s harder to do now that everyone else has noticed this and I’m not feeding the main herd to distract them.

Haley and Cinnamon both stand here and fight over the little bit of llama feed Aurora drops.  I sometimes have to actually fight Haley to keep her out of the pan. She can spill it or pull it away from Aurora so that she can eat it.

Haley and Cinnamon

Pretezl is usually there; Purl and Perdita are also frequently there begging; Maisie comes over; Pluts gets into the pushing match; all the milking girls think they should go in.  It gets so bad that sometimes I can’t even finish feeding Aurora her feed.

Astra and Perdita

Purl

And when Odie shows up, I just have to go in because it’s going to lead to spitting out all the food I’m trying to feed her (I still have a clump of spit on the garage wall from a previous spitting match).  And I don’t want to get caught in the middle of the spit-fest.

Odie

I get why else Haley and Cinnamon are there. They are retired milking girls; sometimes I do let them in for a bit of extra feed.  Sometimes, Haley is standing there and when I come out with my meds for her and Bambi.

Sometimes, I have to go hunt them down.

Bambi

Bambi has never been so sweet as since I’ve started giving her the meloxicam.

Haley will come on the run for her meds.

Haley

Then, when all the action at the milk room has settled down, I’m letting Reva in.  The weather has been really hard on her.

Reva

She doesn’t have the strength to fight through other goats to get the hay I’ve fed during the rain.  When it’s not raining, I can spread it out to make sure everyone gets some, but it’s hard to do when I’m confined to the buildings.

More From My Long Weekend

29 Nov

In addition to winterizing on the long weekend, I did some routine work on the goats.  I had several of them come in to get their hooves trimmed.

Bambi even came in to get her hooves trimmed!

I also canned another batch of vegetable stock.  This should last me most of the winter.

I’m still milking Zinnia and Joy.  I’m still drowning in more milk than I can go through, so I decided to make mozzarella sticks.

Joy

My mom came out and we set up an assembly line to get them done.

Of course, Sky (and Tiger) were mostly underfoot the entire time.

Sky

I’m also still making and delivering yogurt to the family, but they need to eat it much more quickly.

My Insistent Girls

24 Nov

Whenever I go out to the barnyard, I have a couple of girls who think they should get to go into the milk room to eat sweet feed.

Haley heading for the. milk room door

And neither one is getting to go in there on a regular basis.

Pretzel

Haley just stands there so I have to make Zinnia and Joy go around her to get milked.

Pretzel rushes the door and gets thrown out every time I let someone else in.

“Are you coming, maa?”

They are rather annoying actually.  It’s a good thing they are sweet and cute and I adore them.