|Ghost gets lunch!|
So, Goldie's two kids, Ghost and Giggles, are essentially without a supply of nourishment. Mabel is not producing quite enough to feed her triplets Monkey, Muffin and Mink. Chocolate is taking good care of her kid, Coco, who was growing fat and happy on her 'free-choice' milk bar. So, Coco now is taken away from Mommy during the day and we milk most of Choco's supply each night, leaving some for dinner for the kid. The kids are all approaching six weeks of age so they are starting to nibble hay and a wee portion of grain. But still, it's not enough milk!
Fortunately, we had a lot of raw milk frozen. It's purpose was to make soap - I had planned a good stash for getting ready for Spring shows/sales and the opening of Global Market. We've slowly but surely been dipping into the 'stash' to feed the babies! We could have gone to formula but....to us that's yucky, chemical stuff. We could purchase bottled goat milk- but the cost is silly and we view pasteurized milk as almost dead, much of the nutrition destroyed. So, the stash it is.
We're finding that, when it thaws, fresh, raw goats milk separates and has some 'curds' suspended in what looks like a mix of whey and thin milk. We've quickly come to the process of thawing the milk in an ice cream pail and then taking the stick blender to it to reconstitute it. We add in and blend anything newly milked, once it has cooled. It's working well and all the kids are thriving! However, I'm not making any soap right now or eating any of our lovely, fresh goats milk, saving all the good stuff for the kids. Looking forward to the day when the kids are weaned and the excess becomes mine to do with as I wish!