Wednesday, March 11, 2015

In the Mud and the Muck and the...Hair

Follow up of the first day of milking:

I came, I milked, I conquered! It went pretty much the way I expected/remembered. Ronnie (short for Veronica, since the question was raised) was not a happy camper but settled down once she realized she didn't really have a choice. The hobble was more of a hindrance so I'm rethinking using it again. And the quantity of milk was small even for a middle of the day milking. I was left with a great curiosity about how this whole venture will pan out.

 The kidding happened way too early in the year so Ronnie has an abundance of winter coat and lots of udder hair. My first batch of milk looks like this
Blech!
Luckily the chickens aren't picky about hair in their food so they will get to enjoy this. I, on the other hand, am never going to drink milk like that. 

So today I went out and stood in this
Blech!
just so I could do this

Since it was the middle of the day again, I didn't milk her. I figure the clipping was enough stress for one day. But tomorrow morning, with a little luck, the ground will be drier and I'll get out there before the kids steal all the good stuff!    Goat milk?

5 comments:

  1. Just curious but how exactly do the chickens eat the milk?

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    1. They love soured milk. I pour a "glug" of vinegar into the fresh milk and by the next day it is thick and I pour into a shallow pan. They scarf it down quick!

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  2. I see that before my time comes to milk goats I'm going to have to work on patience a bit. I hand milked a couple of cows growing up, and the whole process just seemed easier. I think I goat is less like to break a bone by just tossing her head or giving you a little kick, but getting milk out of the goat and into the bucket just seems like a more challenging effort.

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    1. It depends on the goat. Mine is calm after the first few days and we get into a rhythm. I've never milked a cow so I couldn't compare for you.

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