Chickens with "diaper rash" and a frozen milk question.
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 one day when I noticed some pink, fleshy bottoms. I quickly called the feed store to see if chicks can get a "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 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 so we just fenced in an overhang 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, 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?"
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|Publication:||Countryside & Small Stock Journal|
|Article Type:||Letter to the Editor|
|Date:||Nov 1, 2004|
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