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Title: Baby Goats on the Way!
Post by: The15thMember on March 01, 2021, 05:08:10 pm
My sister's does are ready to give birth for the first time any day!  Bella's (the black doe's) due date is on the 4th and she is already showing some early signs, so she's locked in the kidding stall.  Prim's (the brown doe's) due date is the 9th.  This is the first time we've had kids born, and we are so excited!  If nothing gets going soon we'll be getting up overnight and checking on Bella to see if anything's happening.   
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Title: Re: Baby Goats on the Way!
Post by: BeeMaster2 on March 02, 2021, 03:26:27 am
Good luck. Hope everything goes well.
Jim Altmiller
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Post by: The15thMember on March 02, 2021, 12:02:51 pm
They're here!!  I was a late night last night.  Actually my sister didn't go to bed until 5:00 AM this morning.  I went to bed around 3:00 and slept only two hours before going out to relieve her.  The first baby was born at almost exactly midnight, and is a boy.  He's the all black one.  It was pretty rough on Bella, and my sister did have to help her out.  The second baby is a girl, she was born at 12:23 AM, and her birth was no trouble.  She's the one with white markings.  Bella was pretty freaked out by the babies at first, but she's figured out what the deal is with them now, and both babies are nursing and momma is recovering nicely. 
   
Title: Re: Baby Goats on the Way!
Post by: Kathyp on March 11, 2021, 11:38:35 am
They are so cute and fun when they are little!
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Post by: The15thMember on March 11, 2021, 02:59:31 pm
They are so cute and fun when they are little!
I know!  We are having a blast with them, they are up and running and jumping around in the pasture (under supervision) now, and they are a total riot.   

Why is it that Kathy is the only one to respond to this post?!  I guess crotchety old men don't care about cute baby goats.  :wink: :cheesy:

Our other doe kidded last night, and she had a boy and a girl as well.  My sister is planning on keeping Bella's girl to add to the herd and selling Prim's girl.  We're going to wether (castrate) the boys and either sell them as well or raise them for meat.   
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Title: Re: Baby Goats on the Way!
Post by: cao on March 11, 2021, 04:23:21 pm
They are cute.  But, I'm just not a big fan of goats. :tongue:
Title: Re: Baby Goats on the Way!
Post by: The15thMember on March 12, 2021, 01:14:11 pm
They are cute.  But, I'm just not a big fan of goats. :tongue:
What!?  How can you not love goats?  They are such characters.  :grin:
Title: Re: Baby Goats on the Way!
Post by: Ben Framed on March 15, 2021, 07:33:41 pm
Congratulations on your homestead progress! tell us about your others critters. Rabbits, Chickens, etc.
Title: Re: Baby Goats on the Way!
Post by: The15thMember on March 15, 2021, 09:07:37 pm
Congratulations on your homestead progress! tell us about your others critters. Rabbits, Chickens, etc.
Thanks, Phillip.  But seriously, no one wants to hear more about the goats?!  *shakes head*  Why does everyone hate them?   :sad:  :cheesy:  We've got another batch of rabbits almost ready to butcher and both rabbit does rebred.  We've been feeding the rabbit organs to our cats lately, and they've been enjoying that.  The younger chickens are laying at full capacity and we're getting almost a dozen eggs a day.  My parents also fenced in the garden so the chickens can get some free range time when the trees leaf in.       
Title: Re: Baby Goats on the Way!
Post by: Ben Framed on March 15, 2021, 09:29:58 pm
Sounds good! When I was a boy at home I use to sell eggs to the local country store. Made some good spending money for a kid.
Title: Re: Baby Goats on the Way!
Post by: Kathyp on March 25, 2021, 12:33:29 am
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Why is it that Kathy is the only one to respond to this post?

Probably because she has a couple of goats   :cheesy:
Mine are huge intact males.  Long story...

But well behaved and have been tied out to eat blackberries and scrub since they were little.  They were cute then.  Not so much now!! 
Title: Re: Baby Goats on the Way!
Post by: The15thMember on March 27, 2021, 06:05:35 pm
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Why is it that Kathy is the only one to respond to this post?

Probably because she has a couple of goats   :cheesy:
Mine are huge intact males.  Long story...

But well behaved and have been tied out to eat blackberries and scrub since they were little.  They were cute then.  Not so much now!! 
Oh, that's right, I forgot you had goats, Kathy.  But when you said before that you had 2 males for brush clearing, I assumed you meant you had wethers!  Could we get some pictures of them perhaps?  My sister is curious about them.  :happy: 
Title: Re: Baby Goats on the Way!
Post by: Kathyp on March 27, 2021, 09:53:20 pm
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Could we get some pictures of them perhaps?

I'll try to remember.  I probably have some old pics but nothing newish. 
Title: Re: Baby Goats on the Way!
Post by: The15thMember on April 14, 2021, 03:40:46 pm
Here are some pictures of the babies now that they are bigger.  Not that anyone cares.  :wink:  :cheesy:
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Post by: cao on April 14, 2021, 07:55:58 pm
 :happy:
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Post by: BeeMaster2 on April 14, 2021, 08:24:14 pm
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Title: Re: Baby Goats on the Way!
Post by: Ben Framed on April 24, 2021, 10:16:27 am
Good pictures. Are these milk goats?
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Post by: The15thMember on April 24, 2021, 11:48:29 am
Good pictures. Are these milk goats?
They are a dual purpose breed, but yes, we are milking the does.  My sister is getting over a quart from each doe every morning.  It's absolutely delicious, much better than store bought cows milk.   
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Title: Re: Baby Goats on the Way!
Post by: Ben Framed on April 24, 2021, 12:01:01 pm
Good pictures. Are these milk goats?
They are a dual purpose breed, but yes, we are milking the does.  My sister is getting over a quart from each doe every morning.  It's absolutely delicious, much better than store bought cows milk.   
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That is awesome. A few years ago a Mexican restaurant opened here. They featured goat milk cheese dip! It was outstanding with chips and salsa. I think through the years they have converted to regular cow milk. It does not have that good rich flavor that it once had. Do you make cheese as well?
Title: Re: Baby Goats on the Way!
Post by: The15thMember on April 24, 2021, 01:26:29 pm

That is awesome. A few years ago a Mexican restaurant opened here. They featured goat milk cheese dip! It was outstanding with chips and salsa. I think through the years they have converted to regular cow milk. It does not have that good rich flavor that it once had. Do you make cheese as well?
My sister is going to try making cheese, but she hasn't had the time yet.  Apparently mozzarella is an easy cheese to make, so she is thinking about trying that first.  Maybe we'll be having goat cheese pizza soon!   
Title: Re: Baby Goats on the Way!
Post by: Ben Framed on July 13, 2021, 01:30:23 pm

That is awesome. A few years ago a Mexican restaurant opened here. They featured goat milk cheese dip! It was outstanding with chips and salsa. I think through the years they have converted to regular cow milk. It does not have that good rich flavor that it once had. Do you make cheese as well?
My sister is going to try making cheese, but she hasn't had the time yet.  Apparently mozzarella is an easy cheese to make, so she is thinking about trying that first.  Maybe we'll be having goat cheese pizza soon!   

I read in the cooking post where your sisters were successful in the cheese making! Congratulations. Have yall tried to make goat butter?
Title: Re: Baby Goats on the Way!
Post by: The15thMember on July 13, 2021, 01:48:24 pm
I read in the cooking post where your sisters were successful in the cheese making! Congratulations. Have yall tried to make goat butter?
Goats milk is naturally homogenized, so it's hard to separate out the cream from milk for butter.  My sister has been taking some milk and leaving it sit in a big flat dish in the fridge for several days so the cream will rise to the top, and then skimming off the cream and storing it in the freezer until we have enough to make butter.  We haven't actually tried it yet, but it's something we are working towards.  She has also tried yogurt, which she is having trouble getting to set up thick enough, but it tastes really good.  We are going to start experimenting with soap too.       
Title: Re: Baby Goats on the Way!
Post by: Ben Framed on July 13, 2021, 04:54:59 pm
What you all are doing is interesting. I love fresh real butter on a hot biscuit. Makes the whole breakfast so much better in my opinion. We use to make our own when I was living at home with my parents. (from a milk cow) What a treat! My parents liked the buttermilk! I do not. I can not get past the smell! lol  :shocked: :wink:
Title: Re: Baby Goats on the Way!
Post by: Michael Bush on July 14, 2021, 07:13:19 pm
I wonder how a cream separator would work on goat's milk.  We had friends with goats and it was the same.  Only a little of the cream ever separates out naturall.
Title: Re: Baby Goats on the Way!
Post by: Ben Framed on July 14, 2021, 07:58:27 pm
I wonder how a cream separator would work on goat's milk.  We had friends with goats and it was the same.  Only a little of the cream ever separates out naturall.

Mr Bush my grandparents had and used one on cows milk. I did not think of that. I bet it would help Member and her family. 
Title: Re: Baby Goats on the Way!
Post by: The15thMember on July 14, 2021, 08:09:47 pm
I wonder how a cream separator would work on goat's milk.  We had friends with goats and it was the same.  Only a little of the cream ever separates out naturall.

Mr Bush my grandparents had and used one on cows milk. I did not think of that. I bet it would help Member and her family. 
We have looked into getting one but quality models are pretty expensive.  It's something we'll probably do in the future, but just don't have the money laying around for it right now.  Other things are taking priority at the moment.