Annie Rose doesn't care HOW we milk her - she's happy to stand there and be loved on. Mocha is very very particular - we will NOT get on the stand, we must stand RIGHT HERE, there must be x-amount of feed in the bin, and oh - do NOT touch the left udder with cold hands! (They weren't, in fact, cold. They were warm. Just - not warm enough, apparantly.) *I* can't sit on the cold rock floor, so starting tonight, EVERYBODY gets fed on the stand. I'm going to attempt to milk the 2 on the stand as well - by hand. :sigh:
I discovered that the strip cups I bought will hold about a pint of milk (give or take) - AND they have a screen. I think we'll be milking into them, instead of using the Maggidan's, so the milk will be "pre-filtered". Plus, when Mocha puts her foot in the bucket, it hits the screen and not the milk. :frown: (Yeah..it was one of those mornings!)
It took us 40 minutes to milk 2 does. For about 24 oz of milk. (I know I should weigh it; I even have a scale! But...for this little bit, it doesn't matter. I'm getting enough to fill 3 8oz baby bottles, so - 24 oz. This morning, I filled 1 (to the top, so about 9 oz) and a 16oz jar - still 24 oz. They should be upping production soon, if I've read the books right.....I'll start weighing when we actually get enough to make it worth while.)
Calvin is doing well - he's learned how to hop. :snicker: He only wanted to be fed 1x last night - he went from 7:30 to 3 AM! Of course, at 3 he slurped up 7 oz and asked for more...at 6 AM he slurped up another 7 oz. I'm trying to get him to 3 feedings a day - IF he can handle it. I need my sleep! (Of course, he decided at 3:30 to try and hop around the entire bathroom. We'd hear a "thump. :pause: thump :pause: thumpathumpathump! :pause: :rinse, lather,repeat:" :snicker: I figured out the "thump" was his front feet, the "thumpathumpa" was all 4. Silly thing!)
Gotta get the bills done, then I can maybe rest. :snicker: On tax day? I live in a dream world!