This is Audrey. She is our cantankerous Nubian.
She is older, grumpy, and very…um….selective about who, what, and when she wants things.
Isn’t it funny how animals each have very distinct personalities?
Well, Audrey ain’t scared to let everyone know what she thinks.
We milk her…some of us with more luck than others.
She stands great for me.
🙂 I sometimes like to gloat about it.
I am a stay at home mama of six. I gloat when I find something to gloat about. It keeps me sane.
It’s not that she is mean with the others. She isn’t. She is just like a cantankerous old fogey.
She only wants milked at a certain time of the day. No joke. We milk in the evening because it is easier for our schedule to divide it up that way. The light in the barn must be just right or Audrey ain’t happy.
She also HATES it outside. She refuses to go into the pasture. If you try to make her go into the pasture she will fight to get back into the barn and into her pen.
We allow the cattle free roam in and out of the barn. The goats, however get to go out throughout the day, but go into their pens in the barn at night to sleep.
Audrey prefers to stay in her pen. Always. Until time to milk.
She is lazy I think.
And cantankerous. Definitely cantankerous. I like that word. Cantankerous. Cantankerous. Cantankerous. It’s the bomb diggity.
Anyway, I am always voted Audrey’s bather…it’s an esteemed title…okay, it’s not esteemed. It is only because I am the Goat Whisperer. I am. Just ask Audrey.
I guess I would really be called “The Goat Singer”, although it doesn’t really have the same ring to it. When she starts getting cranky I sing to her. The family makes fun of me for it, but you know what…it works. She is particularly fond of “Footloose”. Ain’t kiddin.
I am all about using products that are cheap, natural, and work well. Goat bath products aren’t an exception.
I do realize that you can probably find a retailer for Organic All Natural Goat Shampoo that smells like orange blossoms or some other fruity pleasure online for about $45 a pop, however…I am cheap. Cheap. Cheap. Cheap. Not to mention, I do not believe Audrey cares about smelling like fruit. Just sayin.
So, what do I use?
Olive oil, and vinegar.
I first just wet her down with warm water, and brush her to remove any hairs..or other “unsightly stuck-ons”.
After that I use my spray bottle filled with a vinegar mixture (3/4 vinegar 1/4 water), and I spray her down. I brush her again to make sure it “sinks in”.
Then I use a water spray bottle to rinse her.
I pat her dry with an old barn towel, and I rub her down with a little olive oil. Not a lot. Just a little. A little goes A LONG WAY! It has really helped her coat. When we first got her she looked pretty rough. But her coat is nice and shiny now.
This “shampoo” works well on any of our livestock. Dogs, cats (she loves it..not), etc.
If you prefer a “fruity” smell, you can also use some lemon juice, or add some lemon, orange, or grapefruit essential oil to the vinegar spray. I don’t, because they all do not mind lounging in poo…so I figure the scent is not a major concern for them.
After they are clean..I use my Natural Fly Spray For Livestock to keep the flies at bay.
Me…previously singing….milking in all my finery…aka “homestead bun”, and old barn clothes. No makeup of course….thanks to my unscheduled, impromptu photo session courtesy of my son, Brent. Thanks bub.
See how she is not fighting me:-)
Come back tomorrow, and I will share another just how we prepare to milk, including our homemade “teat wipes”.