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The Milk Room

1 Jul

In between the kidding, hide-and-goat-seek, fence repairs, and everything else, I’ve been working in the milk room.  If you’ve been very observant, you might have noticed the progress.

Clockwise from Dolly, Sidney, Andy and LilyAnn

Andy, Dolly and Cookie’s boys

Dolly and Andy

Well, I am pleased to announce that it is so close to being truly finished that I’m going to say it’s done!

milk room viewed through the screen door from the soap room

I added the trim, and other than possibly putting handles on the bottom cupboard doors and fixing the spots we messed up the wall, it’s done.

I already love the cupboards for my medical and hoof supplies.

The counter is perfect for setting my gallon tote on (instead of the floor) once I wean kids and start milking in earnest.

Cinnamon

The goats really haven’t noticed.  As long as they get their food, they’re happy!

Stormy

While I was doing cupboards and using up reclaimed counter tops, I put this in the garage!

I plan to put my photography stuff in here.  Did I mention I’m trying to turn it into a little photography studio?

If all goes well, by the end of the summer, my garage will be completely done!  I can only hope!

The MGiT Program

21 Jun

Something new that I’ve done this year is start the MGiT (Milking Goat in Training) Program.  You see, all of my milking goats are getting old.  Two of the girls I’m milking are nine and the other three are six.

Stormy

That’s why I got Sam–to introduce more dairy blood back into the herd (because I’m also milking goats that are half dairy/half meat).  I kept three of his girls last year.

Sam Goodberry

They are all pretty easy going and like food.  I think I’ll be able to get them trained.  Cutie was one of the first to join my MGiT Program.  She would come in and eat some sweet feed while I messed with her udder.  She did perfect with that part of the training.  The only area she needs to improve on is leaving when she’s done.  In short, we have our first successful graduate of the program.  Now she just needs to have a kid and make milk.

Cutie

I have Haley as one of my milking girls, and she has a gorgeous Sam daughter, Zinnia.  I thought it would be good if she could come in with her mom while I milked.  Unfortunately, she’s too shy (wild) to do that.  The one time she thought about coming in, my big old milk goats got in the way, and I had to slam the door or I’d have had five goats in a room built for one.

Zinnia

I have had some success in calming her down by just sneaking up when she’s cornered or reaching over her mom.  She’s decided it’s okay to get petted, but she’s still kind of shy.  Hopefully, she’ll be able to join the program later in the summer.

Haley with Zinnia and Zorro

Then there’s Dolly.  She had two beautiful girls, and I want to keep at least one; although their dad is Fionn, making them closer to three quarters meat goat.  Sidney is a sweetie.  I gave her bottles, and she did come in with her mom, but she didn’t really need training.

Sidney

LilyAnn is the wild woman.  I had tried the sneaking up and catching her like I did with Daisy last year, but it wasn’t working well.  I did manage to get her to come in to the milk room a couple of times.

LilyAnn

It seems to have helped. She will let me scratch between her horns.  Sadly, she isn’t interested in food when she’s in there, and I think she might be the first to have flunked out of the program.

The one who has most whole heartedly embraced the program is Andy.  Seriously.  He is in the door before his mom, and he doesn’t care if his mom is there or not.  He’ll try coming in with any of the other girls.

Andy and Dolly

He also has struggled with leaving when it’s time.  I have to really shove him out the door.

I just haven’t had the heart to tell the poor boy he’s never going to actually get to be a milking doe.  It’s a shame because he’s really done well with training.

I hope you’ll come back and join me for Friday’s Hunt.

Cinnamon Insists

18 May

I noticed the other day that one side of Cinnamon’s udder looked quite full.  She was also kind of talking to me in a demanding voice, so I milked her out.

Cinnamon Blackboer

Now she’s decided that it’s an everyday thing.  She’s weaning Norm so she can go in to be milked.

Well, in all fairness, he’s old enough to be weaned.

Cinnamon and Norm

It still hasn’t been long enough since they were wormed for me to use the milk, so it’s going to the freezer for future bottle kids.

Because Cinnamon insists on being milked, I have Dolly, Haley and Stormy lining up to be milked too.  They, however, are not weaning their kids.

Dolly with LilyAnn, Sidney, and Andy

Stormy’s teats are usually wet and slimy from Ghost having just nursed when she comes in.

Ghost

I’m going to have to figure out how to wean some kids, so I can start milking in earnest.  I have the feeling I’m going to need it soon to help with some June triplets.

Harley

I also have a Cutie Pie who must remember me telling her she’d get to be a milking girl when she grew up.

Cutie Pie Goodberry

I must have forgot to mention the whole having a baby first part because she’s as insistent as Cinnamon that she needs to come into the milk room and eat some sweet feed.  I guess I’ll call it training.

I do hope you’ll come back tomorrow for Friday’s Hunt.  I have this week’s items listed at the top of my side bar.