Milkless Rest

The slow time of year on the farm is quickly coming to an end. I forgot how much I adore the reprieve from all the chores. You see, right now there’s no meat chickens to feed or move down the pasture,  no garden to tend, and no milking. It’s all coming to an end soon though.

Chickens will be arriving this week (I hope), seedlings for the garden will be ready in the next few weeks and at the end of April we’ll have baby goats to help come into the world. Yep. Right now, I’m loving that I can hang out in my PJ’s all morning long if I want. And yet, I’m excited for ‘summer’ chores to get started.

I didn’t realize how much things change from Winter to Spring until I came across this picture recently.

Xcel - August 2001

Woo Eee! How’d you like to carry that baby behind you 24/7? That is seriously one big udder.

 And this is 4 months after giving birth. You should have seen her just after those babies were born. Yowza. No wonder we got almost a gallon of milk a day from her. It’s just almost too painful to look at, especially when you’re watching her walk around. Talk about a waddle.

Xcel - March 13, 2012

Whew! That’s better. She can now walk without bowed legs.

2 months before our goats give birth, we stop milking them. It gives their bodies a chance to rest and just take care of those babies inside. It’s a bummer to not have the milk (just ask our milk customers), but it’s healthier for the goats.

And it makes a nice break for us. It’s kind of like summer vacation when I was a kid; by the time summer was over, I was ready to go back. And two months is just enough time to start looking forward milking again.

Goat Milk Yogurt and Grain Free Granola

Besides, I really miss the yogurt and Mozzarella cheese.

Be on the lookout this week:  I made scrumptious Grain Free/Sugar Free Lemon Blueberry Muffins on Easter morning and I can’t wait to share the recipe with you.

Love, Kathleen

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About kathleen

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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4 Responses to Milkless Rest

  1. Joan Porter says:

    Her utter makes me shutter!!! How is that even possible!!!

  2. kathleen says:

    Mom,
    I know!! It’s crazy.

  3. Rachel says:

    I can’t believe how far her hips stretch to be able to have her body change like that! Wow! Thanks for teaching all of us city folk these things we should know!!

  4. kathleen says:

    Rachel, Come to my house and I’ll make you a whole batch! I tried strawberry chocolate chip. They were SO good.

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