Morning Chores Pictorial #4

Well, it’s only taken 3 weeks to show you my morning chores.  I thought perhaps we might finish them up today. Shall we? It’s time to milk this girl, Sadie.

Last week we had just completed milking this girl and now she’s eating away at some alfalfa spread all over the Dairy Parlor. By the way, I couldn’t stand feeding the girls anymore of that junk I bought, I finally broke down and bought some decent (and expensive) alfalfa at the feed store. I feel so much better. And guess what? The Dairy Parlor is getting cleaner because they eat most of it. Yay.

Once I finish milking Sadie, here’s what the bucket looks like. That may look impressive, but this summer that bucket was nearly overflowing. And on top of that, I didn’t leave the barn without at least a filled 1/2 gallon jar under my arm. It was a crazy amount of milk. 1 1/2 gallons at one milking. Yes, I pondered a bigger bucket for sure.

But those are bygone days for now. This day we only get this.

And to be truthful, today we get zippo. That’s right nothin’. Both goats are officially dried up right now. I’ll explain why another day, but boy do I miss their milk.

And now it’s time to let the girls out of the Parlor and out into the great green fields. Okay, they’re not so much green as yellowish now, but it sounded good. Now Dasher…

Now  Dancer… It’s time for your release.

And mine as well.

And back to the house where I am greeted by the ‘Pooping Welcoming Committee’, …

(“Hello, Ladies.”)

my favorite pair of slippers,

And one really nice dog. (Sorry for the blurry pictures)

I had planned on showing you how we process the milk, but those pictures came out pretty bad too. I’ll save that for another time, when we have milk again.

So, for now, tootles friends. Thanks for joining me on my morning excursions. We’ll take a walk through my chores again later this spring when there are meat chickens to care for. Ooo. I know.

I can just hear your excitement.

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I'm a stay at home chicken momma with 2 boys and a very understanding husband. In December of '09, we moved to our dream farm. I'm excited to try to become more self-sufficient. So far I have 1 rooster, 9 chickens, 2 goats (some babies on their way this spring), 1 llama, a dog, and a cat. Come along and join us, as we city-slickers figure out how to make our own homestead. You're sure to be entertained.
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3 Responses to Morning Chores Pictorial #4

  1. Joan Porter says:

    Now I know why it’s hard for you to break away for a few days at the beach. If I was a really good person I’d volunteer to come and take care of your menagerie to give you some “away” time. Alas, I just can’t seem to muster up that much goodness; however, if you ever need me to run to Freddies for a gallon of milk I’m your girl!

  2. maggieann says:

    I have been making yogurt and did not have dehydrator as you do so set jars on tray and wrapped with towels left overnight then set 2 hours then refrigerator did not have any whey and so smooth and creamy I use fresh raw goats milk and now my own culture from made yogurt
    Thank You
    Blesssings, Maggie

  3. kathleen says:

    Maggie,
    That’s awesome that you were able to make your yogurt just wrapped with towels. You must have the magic touch. I, on the other hand, not so magical. 🙂

    Thanks for dropping by my blog. Sorry I’ve not been around lately. We’ve got baby goats, meat chickens, and two gardens that are bidding for all my extra time. Hopefully I’ll be around the blogging world again soon.

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