I don't know about all you other bloggers on blogspot.com but I was not able to post or do much of anything with my blog on Sunday or most of all today. Finally I'm able to post.
I had a okay day at the farmers market. I did not sell as much as the previous Saturday but it was still good. I think that the airshow (Blue Angels) and the weather kept some people away. It was cool and then it started to rain at about 1pm. Lot's of vendors left so at 1.30pm I also packed up.
I have been having a very deep thought. Why do cows have four teats and usually only have one calf and goats have two teats and most often have twins and frequently have triplets? That's just something I have been pondering for a few days. (I pass a pasture of cows with calves on my way to work)
I have not been keeping very good inventory with my soap. I ran out of lavender and tea tree oil soap, I had to make some batches but they wont be ready till mid July, then I made three other batches of soap yesterday as I was running low on them. I need to come up with a system so I know how many bars of each that I have and when I sell some I know whats left. Maybe when I get to 15 or so, I make that scent. I did make a list and counted inventory but I need a system. (And I need to use it!)
I'm kind of discouraged right now with the goats. Don't get me wrong, I love my goats and I will keep them but Juju is still freaking out when I try and milk her. I stopped trying about five days ago. I was worried that I might get hurt or she might cause she would go into a full blown panic. I was able to check her udder out. I could not see any cuts, scrapes, thorns or chapping on her.
I noticed that the baby nurses just fine and Juju is clam and relaxed when the baby nurses. (I see her chewing her cud sometimes) It is really odd. I milked her two times a day for about a week and it was all fine. She would stand, I would milk and all was good. Then the next time I went to milk her, she flipped out.
I think that I might put a rope around one of her back legs and pull it up so she has to stand on three and she wont be able to trash about. But then I also don't want her to associate milking with being tied up like that. I don't know what to do with her.
Maggie, she will get on the stand (If I lead her to it) but once on, she pulls to get out of the head lock. If I leave it open, she hops off the stand with her tail wagging. I have tied her to the stand but if I leave enough slack for her to put her head down to eat grain, she can back up, and she does. If I tie her short, she struggles. She also stamps her feet so I can't put the pail down or it gets kicked over. I have smacked her rump a time or two and tell her to "knock it off" and she will settle down on the feet stamping.
I am still only getting about a cup or two from Maggie. I have been reading information and from what I see and read, it's not that unusual for first time fresheners (Nubian's) not to be heavy milk producers. Also, looking at other pictures of Nubian's, I can tell that Maggie had a very small udder. It's not much bigger then a softball. I'm going to keep milking her and see if we can have a peaceful time on the stand. (I did NOT grain the goats tonight, thinking that they really will be wanting their grain in the morning)
Helpful hint, if you want to get dairy goats and your new to it all? Don't get first time fresheners. Get some goats that have been milking for a few years and are calm about it all.
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