Tag Archives: milking


4 Feb

More from my photography spree last weekend.


Joy and Zinnia are still giving me milk, but my freezer is full.  I keep thinking I need to stop, but I just can’t bring myself to quit milking.  They enjoy coming in for feed, and I like all that milk.


Sky was protecting the property from whomever was shooting.  He’s not afraid of gunfire, but he wants to try and scare it away.


Flora has been naughty lately; I had to give her a middle name so I could properly scold her.  She is now to be known as Flora Jean Goodberry.

Flora Jean Goodberry

I still haven’t decided for sure if Penelope is going to have spring break kids or not.  I’m really thinking not, but time will tell.


Maisie was so starved after she decided to have triplets her last year of having babies.  They just sucked the weight off of her.  Well, she’s found all that extra weight again.

When the weather was nice, the llamas were actually going to out to pasture and staying out for a little while.

Aurora, Maybeline and Odie

Pluto is so stinking cute.


Haley is doing well.  I am still just in amazement that she’s doing so well after that infection nearly killed her last spring.


Reva is nursing a sore foot.  I really think the copper has messed with their hooves.  Poor babies.


Cupid was using the remains of the Christmas tree to have a good scratch between the horns.


Hera is starting to look big.  She is due for spring break.


Astra and Perdita are really happy to be back together now that I’m done breeding.

Astra and Perdita

Perdita is really growing into a beautiful young doe.


My old Dolly girl is still doing really well.


Happy weekend!


13 Jan

Because the goats are in their breeding groups, I’ve had to abandon my milk room for milking. Zinnia and Joy are both in with Xerxes.

Xerxes wondering what’s going on in the garage. (Sorry for the bad cell phone pictures in this post.)

I have it set up in the garage.

Joy and Zinnia waiting to get milked.

It’s certainly not my milk room, but it’s better than when I was milking in the chicken coop.


Zinnia has done this before, so it was no big deal to her.

Joy, on the other hand, made me chase her around and drag her in there.  Then she went back to her old tricks of squatting so low that I could barely get my pitcher and hands under her to milk.


She’s doing much better now.

They are both still giving me quite a bit of milk, so I figure I’ll just keep freezing it since I’m not sure how milking will go next year.

The New Yogurt Maker

29 Dec

Well, after I cracked my crock pot making yogurt, I decided I shouldn’t do that again, so I had to decide what to do.  I used to have a little yogurt maker, but it died after fifteen years or so.  I decided to step into the 21st century.  I got an Instant Pot with a yogurt setting.

I was really pleased to find out it also has a setting to pasteurize the milk, so I don’t have to do that on the stove top in a double boiler.

It made the process super easy and way less cleanup. It’s big enough to hold the entire gallon. I think this was a good option.  It can also be used as a slow cooker (to replace the one I broke). And I won’t break it by plunging the stainless steel pot into a sink of cold water!

Now I’m back to making yogurt to force on my family.