My mornings have been filled with spring planting, thinning peaches, chicken chores and early morning visits with Dorothy and Charlotte, the Village Goats.
My little grandson and I walk down the street to Jack and Leah's house because Jack is letting me try my hand at milking.The plan ... should everything work out, is to get to know the girls. Then, when the time is right, Dorothy and Charlotte will have their turn at our place (and at Caroline's Boho Farm).
We will all try to work together to give the goats a good, healthy, stable lifestyle while trying to accommodate each others schedules. While it all sounds pretty simple in words, it really is a big responsibility to take care of the needs of these simply amazing Nigerian Dwarf Goats. Take a look at what's up at Goat Chick Farm!
" Just roll your fingers, don't pull, let the milk come down... aim for the bowl and don't let her step in it!". These are my first instructions!
After awhile my fingers are getting cramps or ...something. I guess you have to build up milking muscles!
I can hear the zing of the milk hitting the bowl on the other side. I'm just getting started... and Dorothy is ready to jump off the milking stand! I think the goal is five minutes milking time per goat. That's why you have to be fast and learn to milk with two hands (my next lesson)!
More grain please!
While milking, we talk about how creamy the milk is, and how to make cheese. Jack reminds me to put the milk in the freezer for twenty minutes, just to cool it down.
I think I'm getting the hang of this, but I will definitely have to find a better milking stool, because this bucket is not feeling very comfortable ...
It's Charlotte's turn now and daughter Emma gets a lesson too. We are all in this together!
Leah, shows niece Ella how the kids climb to the very top of the hut, their favorite place to hang out!
Leah and Snow
Yep, GOT MILK!
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