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From:fiberaddict
Date:March 22nd, 2010 12:01 am (UTC)
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Hon, we got into goats before I "knew" you! :lol:

I thought about the battery operated lights, but don't think they'd light up the room enough, unless we bought 6 or more. (It's a 10 x 10 room....3 milk stands (eventually), and the feed. The oil lantern was $15.....and it'll burn olive oil if I run out of lamp oil. It's supposed to self-extinguish when it tips over, so fire isn't too much of a concern :ha!:

I love my mini-strainer! Should have bought it sooner - live and learn! I just couldn't justify the added expense for the larger one.

How do you track each goat's production? A measuring cup would fill up too fast for us - Annie is giving me about 1.75 pounds *each* milking right now. Yesterday AM she gave me *2* pounds +....in about 10 minutes. She's going to be a dandy milker, I think. :grin:

QUESTION : What do you have in your goat medicine cabinet? I have iodine and horse medications......I know I need some specific to goats, but can't find any really concise lists of *must have* meds. Our breeder friend doesn't use much of anything, so she's not a lot of help (she's into more natural ways, which I admire, but I prefer something more.......controlled.)

Right now, we have the means to throw money at stuff - but that's not going to keep up, especially with the rampant hyper-inflation I expect to hit pretty soon. I'm trying to get in everything we need, so that we have it to hand when SHTF - or have frugal ways in place. I think the people are taken care of - it's animal feed I'm worried about. :sigh: I only have the room to store so much......and I'm not sure what to do about it.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:March 22nd, 2010 02:47 pm (UTC)
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I will put together a goat post for you right after I get in from milking.
I do not measure each goats milk every day. I know when a girl isn't feeling well and it is reflected in her production. My measuring cup that I measure into is a plastic quart measuring cup. my old was was a huge measuring cup - like this one :
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except it was plastic. So I just milk and see what it says - If it gets full I pour it into a jar and continue.
But...you have to undertand that I am whatever the opposite of nit-picky is. My husband is all about precision and perfection and I am a....little less so.
I worry about the feed too.
Goats should be okay though,I mean look at where the bedouin live! our goats will eat joshua trees! you can go out and hack off a couple of tree branches - (just not fruit trees-many are poisonous to goats) Goats LOVE branches! Chickens and goats can forage well.
That is one of the reasons I let the horse go. I can not feed a horse in an emergency situation. Dogs and cats can eat squirrel and rabbit.
I need to milk but then I will be posting too, I have a couple of things I need to put up. besides I am very curious what anna has going on....
~ali
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