Sunday, March 30, 2014

Milk Machine- Day 3

Milking went even better this morning. I got about 2 cups shy of a gallon. I still wasn't getting the machine to work on Trixie. But feel like I made progress. At least I got the inflations with suction on her teats!

I listened to my more experienced friend's advice yesterday and left the inflations on until milk stopped. Those stinkers still held up a ton of milk. I didn't go back at Onyx, but when I let her kids out, her udder looked half full again. She did that to me all last summer! The kids have their own pen now and will be weaned much sooner this year. I just need to put some finishing touches on their shelter.

I did go back and hand milk Scilla after and got another pint of milk! I know they are just saving for their babies but sheesh! I really don't want to have to pull kids and bottle feed. I guess I just need to learn to share.

The last few days have been insanely busy. I'm going to try to take a "down day" today. That's in quotes because I'm sure you can picture what my down days look like. Mom and I got a double batch of soap made, cooked and canned 6 quarts of chicken stock, and got the soaps and eggs packaged for the market. I know there was more but it's making me tired listing it all.

This evening I am going to set up some chevre so it will be ready for Tuesday. I wish I had more to bring, but with this late spring, I'm lucky to have what I do.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend and please come see me at Loconomy Tuesday afternoon!


  1. Sounds like you have been busy.
    Is the milking machine clean up time consuming?

    1. Cleanup is easy. I posted pictures for you. :)

  2. Hope you get a little break, you are so busy! I'm jealous of your soap and chevre. I haven't made either in forever........