Well, most of you know I lost my mind and brought home three more goats, wild ones. The oldest doe, Honey, is in milk, so of course I couldn't let that go to waste, now could I? So I thought I'd tell you about my first day milking her. Early morning, drag myself out of bed and mosey on down to the pens. Using some of my brain power, the three new does are in a dog kennel within the largest pen to promote ease of capture. I get hold of Honey and drag her out of the kennel, out of the pen, and to the milk stand. I drag her up a ramp and get her head through the gate and give her some grain. Time to milk! I clean her udder and get to work. Being an older doe who's had two sets of triplets, her teats are large and not the prettiest, but they work. Takes me a little while to get the hang of it again, as I haven't milked since May. After much kicking and fussing, I think I am doing good. Then the latch holding the head gates breaks, and Honey makes a break for it. Thankfully, I brought home one of her doelings too, and she's screaming her head off in the kennel. So its not too hard to convince Honey to at least go back into the large pen. I spent ten minutes trying to catch her before hubby comes out to see what's going on. I ask him to help me catch her, to which he whines, "I'll be late for work!" We catch her within ten minutes and off he goes. I drag her BACK to the milkstand and tie the headgate closed. I milk her until I get no more and let her loose from the headgate, holding tight to the lead. Things seem to go okay as I half drag, half lead her back to the pen. Then she decides to go crazy and nearly breaks my wrist as she gets loose again! Sigh. I chase her back into the pen and look at the prospect of getting her back into the kennel. Maybe holding her baby will convince her to come back. As I open the kennel the other doe, Rudy, makes a break for it! Joy. I pick up the doeling, Sugar, and try to convince Honey to come into the kennel. Doesn't work. I go to put Sugar back and the little bugger squeezes loose and runs to her mother. Joy. After much chasing around, I finally bring in some boards and board up an area, and after a bit of work, I catch hold of Honey's lead. I've got her! I drag her into the kennel and TIE her to the back of it, leaving the gate open so that perhaps Sugar will go back in. She doesn't. I eventually catch Sugar and place her in with Honey. She seems happy to crawl underneath her mom and lay down. Now to catch Rudy. Rudy reminds me of Uno, so I get a bucket of feed. Victory! I pick her up gently and place her in the kennel. I then CLOSE the door and untie Honey. I give them a bit more grain to show them I'm not a bad person, even after all that. That evening, Rudy gets moved to the other pen with Hope, and I tie Honey to the back of the kennel to milk instead. I learn. Two days later, I am still sore. I think everyone should milk a wild goat once in their lives. Good for your health and whatnot.