This morning went so much better! I am only milking one goat at a time until I get the hang of this thing.
First up was Trixie. She's very short, so I'm having a hard time getting the pail and inflations positioned up under her. I finally got it without her kicking, but I wasn't getting any suction. Duh! I'd forgotten to open the valve to the pump.
I wanted today to be a good experience for her, so I just left the pail and inflations under her and milked her using my hand pump. Everything went smoothly except for the fact that she only gave me about a pint of milk. She's really off so far this year.
Next up- Scilla. Here is her udder before milking (please excuse all her goo, I need to clean her up again today. Having kids is messy work). Everything went as smoothly as could be hooking the machine up to her. Milk was a-flowing!
The directions said to watch for the rate of flow to decrease to know to remove the inflations. I think I could have left them on longer than I did, but better safe than sorry. See, she still has milk here.
Now this is her after her kids got done with her.
Things went equally well with Onyx and Phoebe. By the time I got to Phoebe, I left the inflations on slightly longer and think I got her milked out better.
I just let Betty Buttercup's twins nurse on the stand. The boy was ravenous again, but Lulu just kind of played with her breakfast. BC wasn't full, so someone had been nursing overnight. A couple more days and these two will be joining the other kids in lockdown overnight so I can start milking BC too.
Look at those legs! Lulu is already a diva!
I got this picture a few days ago of Lulu and Opal. Lulu was such a monster baby! Opal is on the left, Lulu on the right. Opal is 3 days older and Lulu is bigger!
They look so similar, their mamas have to do the sniff test to tell who is who. Pretty girls! I can't wait to see Kat's babies.