Gentle showers today....
Chickens are all staying inside.
Babies are hatching under two hens and in the incubator.
We have kept up first time heifers and 2nd time cows in the lot to watch for problems with calving. We have two in the lot now. One had her calf on 5/7 and the other lost a calf on 5/9. Both cows had to have help birthing. The one with the live calf (317) is a first time mom and has yet to let the calf suckle unless she is in the squeeze chute. The cow that had the dead calf (384) has been in the squeeze chute to let the calf suckle also. The cow 384 has raised one calf and has now been licking the calf and also stands still for the calf to nurse. We had been alternating the cows in the chute until one of them accepted the calf.
Now that 384 is accepting the calf, we have milked out 317 and have been saving the milk for the freezer until needed by another baby. She has a lot of cream in her milk so we wash her bag each time and I've reserved some of the milk for the kitchen. Yesterday I made butter from the cream from the milk from the day before and last night, I made 4 quarts of yogurt from the milk. There is a full gallon of milk separating in the fridge from last evening's milking. One of the benefits from having a good milk producing line of cows.
We will reduce the amount of milk retrieved over the next several days to allow 317's bag to reduce the milk production and put her in the new calf pasture. We doubt she will allow any of these babies to suckle.
Oh I am so jealous. Raw milk and cream. Yum