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Chickens with "diaper rash" and a frozen milk question.

COUNTRYSIDE: First of all, thanks for a great magazine! I always find something useful and/or interesting in every issue.

I always felt that I was a country girl at heart, but had no real experience with farm animals until we bought our "diamond in the rough" 8-1/2 years ago. The home was, and still is, unfinished, but we have done lots of other projects including outbuildings, adding animals, etc.

The first time we got meat chicks, my husband had to leave on a business trip out of state for a week. I was so afraid I would do something to kill them. I stripped the bedding every other day, changed the water several times a day and watched them very closely. I was horrified hor·ri·fy  
tr.v. hor·ri·fied, hor·ri·fy·ing, hor·ri·fies
1. To cause to feel horror. See Synonyms at dismay.

2. To cause unpleasant surprise to; shock.
 one day when I noticed some pink, fleshy fleshy (flesh´e)
1. pertaining to or resembling flesh.

2. characterized by abundant flesh.
 bottoms. I quickly called the feed store to see if chicks can get a "diaper rash Diaper Rash Definition

Dermatitis of the buttocks, genitals, lower abdomen, or thigh folds of an infant or toddler is commonly referred to as diaper rash.
" and what I should do. Once the clerk stopped laughing he assured me it was a normal part of their development. I felt much better, if not humbled.

Things have come a long way since then, thankfully. We now have laying hens. We sell enough eggs to pay for their feed, plus we get fresh eggs and fertilizer.

The most recent addition was a milking goat, her two kids (bucks for meat) and a triplet triplet /trip·let/ (trip´let)
1. one of three offspring produced at one birth.

2. a combination of three objects or entities acting together, as three lenses or three nucleotides.

 girl from another doe. We plan to have the does bred this fall and the bucks will be in the freezer. I make cheese or yogurt about once a week. I was so fortunate to be able to have some time being mentored, i.e. hands-on learning, from the people we bought the goats from. They are still patient in answering my questions.

I do have a question about cooking with goat milk. I don't find it "thickens" as well in pudding or cooked sauces/soups as cow milk. Do you have any suggestions on how to remedy this? I've also frozen some milk for use during the goat freshening time. Do you know if it will still be usable for making cheese, cooking, etc.?

One last thing about making do: Two winters ago we didn't have a real chicken coop COOP

See Banks for Cooperatives (COOP).
 so we just fenced in an overhang Overhang

Calculated as stock options granted, plus the remaining options to still be granted, and then divided by the total shares outstanding.

A high percentage for the overhang is usually a bad thing.
 of the pole shed. We put up tarps with twist ties for a wind break, added a couple heat lights and a water heater. Thankfully it wasn't a hard winter. We didn't lose any chickens and had flesh eggs all winter.

I feel blessed to live where we do and have the opportunity to raise animals, garden, etc. What a great way to raise a family.--Sue Bates Bates   , Katherine Lee 1859-1929.

American educator and writer best known for her poem "America the Beautiful," written in 1893 and revised in 1904 and 1911.
, Saint Maries, Idaho

Yes, your frozen milk should be just fine to use for cooking and cheese (once thawed, of course). Does anyone have ideas on why her milk won't "thicken thick·en  
tr. & intr.v. thick·ened, thick·en·ing, thick·ens
1. To make or become thick or thicker: Thicken the sauce with cornstarch. The crowd thickened near the doorway.

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Title Annotation:Country conversation & feedback
Author:Bates, Sue
Publication:Countryside & Small Stock Journal
Article Type:Letter to the Editor
Date:Nov 1, 2004
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