My doe Nellie has a cold. I went out to feed and she didn’t want to come out of the shed. The other 2 girls went right to the food, but I called and called and she wouldn’t even put her head out. She finally came out when I went in the pen. Her nose sounds stuffed. It’s -2 outside. Wonderful.
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I found a recipe, today I’m making caramels. The chewy kind. I hope I don’t burn them!
Also, I still haven’t mastered yogurt yet which is really frustrating because I love yogurt! I have been trying to get it right for 3 years. i have had maybe 2 really good batches. It is usually too runny. Like, almost still milk runny. I know goats milk makes thinner yogurt, but this isn’t right. But, I did read last week that pasteurizing helps because killing all the natural bacteria helps give room for the yogurt bacteria to grow. I always use raw milk, so that may be a thing I try. I don’t want to use powdered milk because ew.
If any of my goaty followers has advice, I would love to hear it!
The sound of a mother goat wailing in agony over her lost baby is something truly heartbreaking. If you think animals don’t feel, I dare you to sit with a mourning doe. It will make you cry.
Baby goat gets a new home today. I better go cuddle while I can.
Farming for three days in a row, going on four. It’s like summer, or something.
Gotta keep this up, spent 8 hours wrestling sheep today and my back is in a ginat knot but I feel great.
Wrestling small ungulates is always my favorite way to start the day. I love the smell of mud stain in the morning!
The little Lily goat STILL hasn’t kidded. I took her to the vet today for an exam to see what the heck her deal is and to have her scur horn trimmed. I was planning to have her horn trimmed after she kidded because last time they anesthetized her. But she still hasn’t popped and her horn is now poking her in the eyebrow.
I took her in knowing that she would be the last animal seen, both because she is a goat being seen by a horse and cow doctor, and because we didn’t have an appointment. There are no goat or sheep vets in town that I know of and this guy, though he is not my first choice, is the only one I know that will see them. So, I dropped her off and left. They said dr would call when she was ready. At 4:30 I went to check on her and they said she wouldn’t be ready till tomorrow. Huh. Either he just never got to her or he maybe induced her? I’m hoping for the second one.
The receptionist chick was no help. She didn’t know dick. She even scowled when I came in saying I was the one with the goat.
Who’s a surprised girl today? I am!
Ok, yesterday night Michael was kept awake by one of the goats pawing on the wood floor of their shed. Thinking it might be Lily about to kid, I went and checked. Nope, it was Butter, her mom. She does that sometimes, so I just ignored it and went back to bed.
Yesterday morning, I checked: Lily still preggers.
After work, still preggers.
At pm feeding time: Lily looks skinnier, dry baby boy, no mess. I thought it was odd, but maybe Lily is just an extraordinary first time mom. Since the big girls were all eating I didn’t think it strange that Lily was ignoring the baby.
This morning I go out to check and pet the baby after I feed. He’s cold, so I pick him up and try to take him to Lily. But Butter comes up and licks on him, he starts wagging his tail and starts nursing. Wtf? So I check tail ends and what do you know? It’s Butter’s baby!! I didn’t even know she was pregnant! She hardly has an udder and never really got any bigger than normal. We did try breeding her, but the dwarf we used couldn’t reach her junk.
So I get more babies probably today. Lily is showing all the signs still including being skinnier as the baby moves into position.