Kidding & Milking

We are anxiously waiting for the time to come for Willow to kid.

Last year was her first year. It was an easy delivery. The kids arrived without us even knowing. Willow gave us one doeling and one buckling.

015She was very easy to train. It only took two times of dragging her to the milking stand, and she learned to run to it on her own. We would just open the gate and around the house to the milking stand she would go. Goats LOVE to eat. 🙂

Madison was doing a fantastic job at hand milking.

052After a while, Quentin built us a milking machine. It made the job a lot easier!

007Willow should give even more milk this time around. We used the milk to make a soft cheese, in cobblers, and drank it raw. I couldn’t tell that it tasted any differently from raw cows milk.

We were able to trade the kids for hay. It has come in handy with all the snow we have.

057We are thinking about keeping any does that are born this year and just replacing our buck even though he would be missed.

Our buck, Buddy

Our buck, Buddy

Spring dreams,

:)Vicki

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3 Responses to Kidding & Milking

  1. Jessica says:

    We are getting excited awaiting the arrival of ours as well. I love your milking machine idea. Hummm I wonder if my Hubby could make me one of those?
    I love how you used the barter system for your hay. I think more people should do the same.
    Take care and stay warm.

  2. donna says:

    I can’t wait to see the new baby (or babies) and to try the milk. I hope you all are staying safe and warm. Talk to you soon. God bless.

  3. Jessica says:

    Well Vicki, I have my Hubby thinking. I want a milking machine like yours. If you don’t mind I might be asking you a lot of questions about yours, and how your Hubby made it.
    Take care and ill let you know how we make out 🙂

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