Wow! Sounds rough!We went to Walmart, NO milk. There was a shipment yesterday and it was quickly gone. Lady I talked to said the delivery man said it might be a week before he came back. Went to the other grocery store in town, no milk except for buttermilk, so I got a half gallon. Robert’s wife, Sharon drinks a cup of buttermilk every day or else she gets yeast infections. It’s even her brand. Gonna call and see if she wants it. Went to another town, Van, to the grocery store and there was milk! I got one and sent BJ in for another. Now I have 4 full gallons and a half a gallon. I mix it with the lamb replacer. I also got 3 cans of evaporated milk. Gonna get these babies raised!
But sheep cheese is SOOOOOOO GOOOD!!!Yeah, milk my sheep? Haha. I just can’t bring myself to get a milk goat or cow. I’m not that dedicated. We seldom go anywhere but that would shut us down. Robert will feed for us, but I seriously doubt he would be up to milking a cow or goat.
I had a trip, two years back, that mom would not let nurse. She did all else for this kid. I would milk her directly into the bottle and feed that one. Never brought her inside, she was with her family all the time. Had hoped it would change. But, she knew I was where she could nurse. As she got older, I could call her and she'd run right to the fence to get her bottle. Otherwise she ways always with mom & her other bro & sis. Odd, I know! This past year, she had trips as a FF. Seemed to favor two more than three. Had to watch close! Plenty of milk, short on patience. Some let two nurse and are then finished with that chore...#3 just doesn't get enough time and has to learn to jump in whenever.We went to town yesterday to a wedding shower. Went to post office and grocery store. Lot of bare shelves. I needed milk for the bottle lambs. Signs were posted, 1 per household so I got a gallon. There wasn’t much, I felt lucky to get it. BJ was out of bread, again, signs posted, 1 per household and there wasn’t much to choose from, didn’t have his favorite. So I got one loaf of bread.
When I was doing chores yesterday evening, neighbor Robert called, on his way home from Walmart. He had gotten a half gallon for the lambs. SCORE! Last week another neighbor brought me 2 half gallons, this is turning into a neighborhood effort for these little guys.
The sun is shining, 35F with a high of 62F. I’ll put Reject and Tiny in a pen in the barn today. I did that yesterday, they were able to get acquainted with being sheep. LOL A few more days and they can stay in the barn and run and play with the other lambs.
I've tried to get her to milk one when she had them with lambs at side. Haven't been successful. I sure would milk at least one! Right now, I'd be milking some from a couple of them....to feed those kids. I save colostrum and a few days first milk from mine each year. Never know when it's needed for yours or another's. I was able to give someone colostrum and milk for 5 pygmy kids when they lost the doe at birthing. Didn't know them but my vet was theirs and called me....knowing I always kept mare and goat colostrum frozen.Time for a milk goat? I will settle for the cows. Maybe milk a sheep?