I have the Head Stanchion built. My mom and I built it yesterday. Didn't do to bad if I do say so myself!! Hubby even approved. I did notice I need to fill in some of the wide spots so she doesn't try to stick her head in the wrong way. We got momma and baby in the barn and locked in the stall last night. Separate but close enough neither was to bad freaked out...
SO fast forward to this morning... I had feed and everything On the off chance I would be able to actually milk her.. LOL Yeah okay I was just going to plop down beside her and start milking.... Uh yeah only in a dream world where every animal is tame enough and understands that you need the milk from them.. I really didn't expect to be able to milk her this morning so wasn't severely disappointed. I did get her in the stall and latched in. She calmed down with the food. But when I went to touch her udder she brought the back leg up quick!! Notice the smug little baby peeking for the other side with the Milk Goatee!!
These short legged little Dexter's can pack a heck of backhanded sort of kick!! LOL One of the other cows got me a couple of months ago when I was petting her down the side. I avoided being kicked by Daisy today though because I was watching for it. I left her in while I did the other chores in the barn and she ate the grain I had for her. Which was Beet pulp and oats with a little corn. I am not sure yet what I will be using all the time kind of playing with the mix at this point.. She is bigger then the Goat First Fresheners. lol All the ones I have milked I either had from birth or had been milked before. Then I put them up on the stand and hold in place with my shoulder if I have to. Some Goats lay down on you or climb the other side of the Stand with their back legs!! Quite the Sight to see LOL! Cows aren't quite as agile as goats Thank Goodness or I would never milk them! There is a big difference in a goat that's weighs 150-200lbs and a small cow that weighs about 700-800lbs... If she keeps kicking I may have to get what they call a kicker. It Keeps them from being able to kick.. Another thing I am not sure what to do about is the tail!! That thing HURTS!!! One more in favor of the goats! lol
I left her in the barn with baby Velvet and some hay. She will get use to being in there and then I will let her out in the barn yard and then eventually out with everyone else again. When she quits rolling her eyes when she is in the head stanchion it will be easier. Right now she isn't convinced its a good thing besides the fact that she did get treats!! At the same time we will be taming Velvet the baby and working with her to get her use to being handled and she will be one we use for milking also. Now she isn't so sure about us because we did separate her from momma last night and then we were back this morning... Another great adventure here on the farm!!
For those of you wondering NO BABIES!!! I did feel some movement on my big white goat Gina. She may have another 2 weeks. Ethel just defies all! Brat! It will have to be soon she cant go on like this!! It will probably be Saturday when we are gone to get the new sheep!! I don't think they will have any problems but I still like to be there!!
SO that's what is happening!! We are suppose to get more rain tonight and its going to get cold again! Shiiivver!!