Here are 4 Fall Farm Activities to get you started:
So, you got a few pullets for eggs. They have grown up and are outside living happy, cute chicken lives. And now, chicken math has set in and you have another bundle of chicks inside brooding that you either hatched or bought.
Now comes the hard (sorta) part; introducing new chickens to the flock.
What are goats good for? I mean, besides being adorable jumping machines? Do you need any more reasons?
Ok, so the truth is, if I got every animal I “wanted” just because they were cute, we would probably be in the poor house and have a whole zoo outside. So, I always try to balance my animal love with my sensible side.
When I first decided I wanted goats (because, well, they are SO cute!), I didn’t really know all the ways they might help out around the homestead. As I did my research, I realized that getting goats might be more beneficial than just a new source of animal love :-)…
We are in the milking groove here with last week’s post on supplies needed for milking. Therefore, we thought we would go ahead and provide some insight on how to milk a goat by hand (or a cow).
Milk stand treats are crucial for milking goats by hand. This can be any mix of goodies that you know they will love and be happy to stand and eat.
This should be pretty easy if you show them their feed bucket with their milk stand treat. They should jump right up on the stand for you.
If it is their first few times, they may need a little coaxing. Or, you may need to show them where their head should go. You want your goat to be secure when learning how to milk a goat by hand.
You’ll want to put your gloves on (for sanitary purposes). Then, get your milk pail ready. Next, clean off your goats udder with a warm wet rag (or udder wipes of your choice).
Ok, so this is the hardest part of learning how to milk a goat by hand (and not really that hard once you get the hang of it). You will want to reach around your goats teat (up high on the udder if possible).
Next, make a circle with your thumb and pointer finger “capturing the milk” into the teat.
Finally, squeeze the milk down and out of the teat into your milk pail. (As seen in the photo below). You want to avoid pulling down on the teat. Therefore, it is more of capturing the milk into the teat and pressing it out (like you would a tube of toothpaste).
Then, get it into the fridge as soon as possible to get it cooled down. Doing this fast helps to maintain the flavor and safety of the milk. You can leave it raw or pasteurize it.
Finally, for those of you who are visual learners, you can also check out our YouTube video below! This video shows how to milk a goat by hand below. While you watch, don’t forget to subscribe to our channel!
Of course, don’t forget that in addition to getting the right goat milking supplies, you will also need to learn how to milk your goat….
It has been a really busy summer here at MrAnimal Farm with lots of baby chicks, goats and garden stuff….more updates to come on all of those things later.
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