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Not How It Works

25 Oct

We’ve had lots of rainy days that make the barnyard muddy.  I also have starte feeding the whole herd a bit of corn to start getting them used to it for the winter.  The goats are horrible about making me spill corn and they dump my pans.  Margarita seems to have found an alternate way to use the food pans while eating.

Margarita

It really isn’t supposed to work that way.

Harley and Her Kids

2 Jul

I really do feel bad that I had to take Harley’s kids from her, but she needed to heal, and when I did try putting them with her, it didn’t work.  Enkidu still wanted to nurse.  He still does much to my annoyance, but they both seem happy with this situation.

Harley

But they are back with her now!   (They have been for a while; I’m just behind in sharing things because it’s been so busy.)  She just doesn’t remember having four kids.  She’s pretty sure there were only three, but she just accepted all four I put in with her.

She’s such a trooper.  After all, that extra kid is a three-quarters sister to her boys.

Eve, Gilgamesh, Enkidu, Horus

They have the same dad, and Harley’s triplet sister, Haley, is her mom.

I just keep encouraging Harley to teach all four of them to eat grass.

She’s also showing them how good sweet feed is to eat.  Soon, their rumens will start working.

Then I can cut back on the bottles.

Milking

11 Aug

I don’t talk about the milking part of my dairy farm very much because it’s not something I can easily photograph and share with you.  I kind of need both hands for it.   I do milk though.  Since I sold my March kids at the end of June, I’ve been milking five goats twice each day.  I’m not exactly a six and six milker.  I’m more of a 6:30ish to 7 milker.  It works for us.

milking goat in stanchion

Milking Meg five years ago. Boy, I love my milk room not in the chicken coop!

With going back to work next week, I’ve been stressing over how to do things.  I’m not exactly a morning person, and it takes time to milk five girls, filter the milk and clean up.  I could cut back on how many I milk, but that would cause fights trying to keep out whomever I chose not to milk.  Or I could go to milking just once a day.  That runs the risk of cutting back production though.

filtering goat milk

This morning, the thunderstorms and my desire not to get out of bed kind of made that decision for me.  I will milk just once a day.  That way, I can keep milking all five of them.

Dolly Ann Street

Dolly Ann Street

Cinnamon Blackboer

Cinnamon Blackboer

Haley Blackboer

Haley Blackboer

Clover Blackboer

Clover Blackboer

Stormy Sue Street

Stormy Sue Street

Hopefully, it doesn’t cut back too much on their milk or make them dry up.

I do hope you’ll come back to join me for Friday’s Hunt.  The items for this week are at the top of my side bar.