|Farmer Man feeds Marble, one last time!|
If you follow this blog, you know the triplets were rejected by Mama Mabel at birth, and we've been bottle feeding them since the beginning. It was, originally, a big daily chore: the babies got milk four times a day for the first few weeks! We'd milk the does in the morning, feed the triplets, a few hours later we'd warm milk in a 'bain marie' style, and feed again. We'd do that again in the afternoon, milk and feed again in the evening. The chore went down to three times a day, then two times a day. Two times a day was fairly easy to fit in because we fed them at milking time, morning and night. Our Mama Goldie takes a long time to milk; we'd milk Mabel first, fill the babies' bottles, then Farmer Man would feed them while I milked Goldie. The feeding itself never took long - the babies could empty a full bottle quickly! Not necessarily neatly, but quickly!
|Myrvan and Marty are big boys now!|
The amount the triplets have been getting at each feeding has been slowly reduced over the weeks from ten ounces each feeding, to eight, back up to ten when we went to down to two feedings a day, then eight, then six, then four ounces. We went to just a morning feeding a couple of weeks ago and bumped the volume up a bit, then reduced, reduced, reduced until this mornings' feeding was really just a mouthful! It was all over in seconds! The triplets have all taken to a grain ration with gusto, enjoy their hay and love, love, love some willow tree! We're sorry to see the shared time go...but perhaps we'll just turn it into grooming time - so we can still hang with the triplets!