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Goat Toys: The Hay Net

goat toys - the hay net

Awhile ago, I posted some photos of my goats playing with their water jug goat toy. It’s one of our most popular posts, so I thought I’d share some photos of another one of our goat toys. I picked up a hay net and hung it from the roof of the shade structure out in the pasture. It’s like a piñata for goats! [Read more…]

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Goat Milk Soap

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I’ve been working on making goat milk soap over the last few months. Yes, you can make soap out of milk! It’s crazy. Seriously, dumping a bunch of coconut oil, goat milk and a handful of other things into a bowl and ending up with soap in a few hours is a very cool homesteading experience. It’s been a nice way to use up all of this extra milk that’s been taking up the frig, but it’s also nice knowing exactly what’s going into it since soap gets rubbed all over your skin every day.

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I’m still working on perfecting my recipes, [Read more…]

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My Homemade Goat Milk Machine

homemade goat milking machine

There are a ton of tutorials out there with great instructions on making a homemade goat milking machine. I won’t get into all of the details since all of that is already available, but I’d like to share some photos of my homemade goat milk machine along with some tips on problem-solving the issues I had and what I would do differently.

First things first. I based my milk machine on the one in this very nice video tutorial on youtube. www.youtube.com/watch?v=aK2JsEWwMEs  Thank you, goatfinder. This was super helpful.

The basic idea here is to create low pressure in the jar by sucking air out of it through one tube, forcing the milk to flow into the jar through another tube. The air line side and the milk side are completely separate – the milk never goes through the pump, and never touches the air line side [Unless you’re like me and accidentally fill the jar to the tippy top, causing milk to flow into the airline side creating a huge mess. But I digress…]

My changes to the milk machine in the video include adding dual cups to milk both sides of the udder at once and a battery powered pump. I also used different connectors because I couldn’t find the ones in the video. Here’s a quick sketch of how this thing is put together:

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I believe my total cost came in at under $75. Here’s a rough list of the materials I used and estimates on my costs… [Read more…]

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Rocco the Rooster

Rocco | Adoptable Bantam Ameraucana Rooster

Rocco was found wandering around a neighborhood after a monsoon storm last month. A good Samaritan named Tracy brought him to us after an unsuccessful search for his owners.

Rocco is a very tiny bantam ameraucana / Easter Egger chicken. He is quiet, shy, and not at all aggressive. He loves eating fresh fruits and veggies and goes crazy over his mealworm treats. (YUCK.) He would love to find a flock of his own and a permanent coop to call home.

Rocco is available to a good home for an adoption fee of only $1.00! Contact Us to set up a time to meet him.

Rocco | Adoptable Bantam Ameraucana Rooster

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Update: Rocco has been adopted! He has a great new home in Queen Creek where he can free range with a flock of his own. : )

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Low point of my day? It was not going to the dentist and discovering a new cavity. It was not shovelling dirt in 110 degree heat. It was when the goat drank my mango margarita.  He seemed pleased.

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Goats “Helping” with Projects

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We’ve been working on installing some new fencing out in the pasture, splitting it into two separate sections. The goats have had fun “helping” with the project. Betsy, Supervisor: goats helping with projects Dozer, in charge of shovels:goats helping with projects Dozer, also in charge of tools: goats helping with projects Buttercup, chewing on the fence posts: goats helping with projects Betsy, eating the grass off the tops of the clumps of dirt we dug out of the hole. Apparently this is better than “normal” grass: goats helping with projects Mo, standing on the not-quite-dry concrete and leaning on the not-quite-set post: goats helping with projects Mo, standing on top of Goat Mountain: goat-mountain It would certainly be easier to work with this little herd tucked away in their stalls, but it wouldn’t be nearly as entertaining. : )

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The Babysitter

mastiff & baby goats

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The baby goats are spending the afternoons away from their moms to encourage weaning. I feel like such a meanie, but it’s good for them to get used to exploring on their own, and it encourages them to eat more hay and grains, which is going really well. Peabody asks to go out every half hour or so, just to check on them. : ) Such a good babysitter.