One Flourishing, Frugal and Fun Family!

One mother making ends meet and surviving today's recession by writing. One family learning to live off the land, cut back on expenses, and to live a simpler and a more self-sufficient lifestyle.

Adopted Motto

"Eat it up,
Wear it out,
Make it do,
Or go without."
~A Pioneer Sampler, by Barbara Greenwood~

Monday, September 19, 2011

Motherly Chicken ~ Goat's Milk

We have one hen that refuses to leave her eggs.  My 14 year-old daughter wanted to let her sit on some.  It's colder now, so it's probably not going to work out too well, but we do have heat lamps.  We marked the eggs and it takes about 22 days to hatch, according to my husband.  We don't even know if these are fertilized, but will soon find out.  This hen is so motherly, she picks up straw with her beak and puts it in her nest underneath her.  My daughter and I saw her lay this egg right in front of us.  After my daughter marked it, the hen went back in the roost, and pushed them around with her beak, and sat back down on them.

We are getting about 2 quarts of milk a day from Peanut.  My daughter is enjoying it very much.  In fact, the goat does not even kick when she milks her, and she doesn't even use the hobble. 

We re-purposed an old wooden coffee table that was stored in the garage.  We butted it up against the side of one barn, and next to an old extended cattle feeder.  It's working out perfect for us.

With the goat's milk, we are saving $5.00-$6.00/gallon for organic milk.  We use about a gallon a day with our large family, so this is another step towards self-sufficiency.


Fearless Farmgirl said...

Oh boy, goat are something we plan on having for milking on our farm too.

There's so many lovely things that can be made from the milk too. My husband is lactose intolerant so he'll be able to partake.

What kind of goat do you have?

Fearless Farmgirl said...

Oh well all I did was scroll down and I see the kind of goat she is! Nevermind! Good for you though, hope it all works out.

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Candy C. said...

I love having our milk goats! Milk is so expensive in the store and I'm like you, when I HAVE to buy it I buy organic. Good repurposing of the coffee table for your milking stand!

Kim said...

Are the eggs far enough along for you to candle them? I am getting excited to hear about this.

Kristina said...

You know Kim, I thought about that, but I honestly don't think I could see through them. Their eggs are a big smaller than the reds, since they are new layers. The shells are hard as a rock too.