Our family's homesteading adventures in the mountains

New Goats- Day 1

We got our first two goats yesterday.  I am going to be posting about our goats’ first days in their new home.

1. Day begins with Brian and Katy leaving at 6:00 a.m. to drive two hours to pick up goat #1 (what a great hubby!)

2. Brian arrives home.  Goat was good on drive but the tarp and blanket didn’t catch all the goat pee.

3.  Brian heads for the shower while Nick, Drew and I frantically scrub, rinse, scrub, rinse, scrub, rinse Brian’s car.

4.  Brian is pretty relaxed about his car and reminds me that we used is car because the entire interior is plastic.

5.  Not much time passes before we realize that new goat is going to cry (until her new friend arrives) unless someone stays in the pen with her.  Katy spends most of the day with her.

6.  Milking time arrives.  It is important to point out that Katy and I have milked a goat once and Katy has also milked a cow once. So it is safe to say that we are not super experienced.

7.  We take the goat into the room off our garage a little to soon and end up with goat pellets everywhere.

8.   Finally the goat is on the stand.  What happens next would have made an incredibly funny video.  Everytime we tried to touch her utter, she kicked or stomped.  Her hoofs went in the milk pail, on the milk pail.  At one point she was standing on the pail with both of her back legs.  Somehow Katy (who is much more efficient at milking) manages to get the milk out of the utter.  I can’t say it is exactly all in the pail.

9.  We decide to dump the milk this time as it is contaminated.

10. The goat continues to cry as it gets dark.  I keeping checking outside hoping my friend’s husband delivers our second goat soon.

11.  7:37 p.m. – Our second goat, Rita, arrives.  We put them together.  They make noises, head butt each other and in general look like they are fighting.  I am told this is good bonding.

12.  Both goats are finally quiet.

Tomorrow has to be better, right?


By Melissa 6 years ago 0 Comments

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