Whats your schedule?

Discussion in 'Goat Frenzy' started by xymenah, Apr 24, 2012.

  1. xymenah

    xymenah Member with a bahhh

    Jul 1, 2011
    Mount Olive, NC
    I know for many of us either our animals or jobs normally form how our days go. So what does your normal day schedule look like? I am home schooled and don't have a job yet so this is my normal day.

    Get up at 7:30-8:00 am, milk and feed goats at 9:30am, clean milk and equipment at 10:30-11:00am, do schoolwork, make soap and miscellaneous, 9:30pm milk, and feed goats, 10:30-11:30pm clean milk and equipment, TV, internet surfing or video games, bed time at 1:00am-2:00am. Can anyone tell I'm a night owl and hate mornings?
  2. Breezy-Trail

    Breezy-Trail Senior Member

    Sep 16, 2011
    Sprakers, New York
    I am also without a job so this is my schedule-
    Get up 6:45
    Wake up at 6:55
    Milk and feed at 7
    filter milk and wash everything used afterwards
    Back out to give hay and water at 7:30-8
    Eat breafast after 8
    at 9-9:30 sweep the pens and get them out in the field w/ water
    7pm start milk and feed chores again.
    Put everyone to bed by 8
    house chores afterwards.
    TGS time and to bed at 10-10:30

  3. mmiller

    mmiller New Member

    Apr 3, 2012
    Southwest Missouri
    Get up at 7. Let goats out to pasture at 730. Leave to take kids and go to work by 750. 730pm feed just enough feed to bring goats in from pasture. Watch goats for about 15 mins to make sure no one is acting off. Then put the 2 legged kids to be by 830pm usually get them in by 9pm Then to bed by 10pm.
  4. Trollmor

    Trollmor Well-Known Member

    Aug 19, 2011
    Goatless in Sweden
    Hm, if you are an owl or not must be related to your needs. Do you find enough income from the milk to make a living, it is all right. The goats usually follow the rythm of their human.

    But if you plan to get a job in order to be economically independent, then you must ponder about what kind of work you would like to do when not being with your goats, and ajust your schedule to the requirements of that.

    Here at 60 degrees north we use to feel unfree if we depend on someone else for our daily living costs.

    For my part I am often changing schedule, since my life is a bit of a turmoil for the time being. The latest month I have had an alarm radio going on at 05.00 when it is time to call and wake my brother up for his breakfast. Re-awake him at 05.45 or 06.00 checking that he has actually got something inside and some clothes on his body. If not, encourage him to get up, trying to find some good reason for him to work at all ... Usually his goats and other animals give him a good reason to get out and collect some salary. After that I negotiate with myself as to wether or not to get some breakfast myself or go back to sleep. If I do get up, there is job for me with my brother's animals and farm, which I look after during his money-collecting absence. During summer I try to be back indoors before the sun starts to stare at me, since the Ozon Layer is thin this year. Clouds will protect me from the UV rays, but full sun shine gives me a good head ache and makes me unable to do any decent work the day after.

    Afternoon will be similar to the morning, letting the goats and sheep out, checking that the dogs don't run away, and tidying up outdoors. Some of you might have to imagine hard to be able to understand just how many things that do dive up after the snow melts. I also try to walk the 1 100 meters downhill to the mail box at least two or three times a week. And all the way uphill again!

    In the evening I try to have some telephone contact with my brother, to see how we can make our life a bit easier - or perhaps at least less difficult. I do try to get to bed early, to be able to get up next morning - but I very seldom manage ... :p More often than not we speak over the phone til very late, like 22.30 or later - which is not good for a boy who must get up that early every morning ... :shocked:

    In my free time I spend some time at the computer, more often than not on my favourite site, where I can discuss things related to both goats and many other aspects of rural life. I understand I am not allowed to mention its name too often here. Sometime I also visit the Goatspot, although this site is about goats and nothing else, and is written in such a difficult-to-learn language! ;)

    From your question I read a thought about the influence of dayly rythm on our biological clocks. To me, the yearly to-and-fro with "Summer Time" or "Daylight Saving Time" is a nuicance. Each spring I get out of rythm, and lately I heard on the radio that people who are in danger to get a heart attack get this more often during the days just after the shift to Summer Time.

    It is also important for us to get our daily dosis of day light, to get what we need of Vitamin D and hormones like Melatonin and Serotonin. Outdoor work will also strengthen our sceletons, making our old age less probable to include broken bones!

    :oops: This reply got a bit long. But you did ask us ... :) :greengrin: :thumb:
  5. boeredinoh

    boeredinoh New Member

    Sep 3, 2009
    It is spring planting time here so the husband is in the fields all day.

    So, if he gets up early and heads to the fields, i need to be up by 5am to get chores done. If he does morning chores i'll get up at 6am. Then off to work i go. I get home at 5pm change clothes and head to the barn. I'll be there doing the evening chores and making sure everything and everyone is ok until 7:30-8pm. Then I run home make dinner and take it out to the fields. Then i come home, look at all the dishes in the sink, all the dirty clothes, all the dust on the top of the fridge, all the unopened mail in the basket, Throw a load of laundry in (just because i need socks for tomorrow) sigh, and then go to bed....The dishes can wait until tomorrow, or the next day. :)
  6. ptgoats45

    ptgoats45 Goat Girl

    Nov 28, 2011
    NE Oklahoma
    I work 5 days a week so..

    Get up at 5:00 am
    Start milking around 5:30, done milking, feeding big does and kids by 6:10, back to the house to put milk away and wash buckets usually done with that by 6:30.
    Eat breakfast and check computer until about 7:00
    Get ready to go to work and out the door by 7:30
    Get home from work about 6:30 pm
    Start milking about 6:45, done milking, feeding, etc by 7:30, wash buckets up and put milk away done around 7:50
    Eat dinner aroun 8:00 pm, watch T.V. and check emails, TGS, etc.
    Take a shower and to bed by 9:30

    On my days off I usually sleep in until 6:00 am :)
  7. crgoats

    crgoats New Member

    Nov 7, 2011
    Belton, Missouri
    I am a stay at home mom. Get up at 6 am, wake daughter, fix breakfast, and take daughter to school at 7. Come home, run the dogs, and then feed them. Go out to barn, feed and clean up after everyone. Once a week, this involves staying out all morning to clean out the barn. Come in and shower/get dressed, clean up house, do laundry, etc. Noon-go back out to barn to check on everyone and refill water bowls, spend time with animals. 5 pm-check on everyone again. 6 pm eat dinner. 8 back out to the barn, feed and lock everyone in for the night. We are very rural and they are not safe out at night. This morning, I observed my neighbor's pet duck being taken away by a fox. I feel so bad for them.
  8. liz

    liz Well-Known Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    Shelocta PA
    At least 5 days a week I'm up at 4;10...fix my coffee, let Jack out then Katie then Jack again, fill water bucket, hurriedly check TGS, out to feed and milk by 4:30...back in to filter milk and pack hubbys lunch at 5, get dressed for work and out the door most mornings by 5:15. Get home from work around 2:15, let Jack out then Katie, fill water bucket, heat up a coffee, out to give everyone a mid day snack of hay cubes, open pasture for does and babies....come in and have a bit of down time, back out to feed and milk around 3:30....get milk in and filtered, back out to enjoy goat time then do clean up in the shed, back in to start dinner around 5, either do some "domestic" work or puter work, whichever suits me at the time...hubby home around 5:30 or later, talk about our days then I'm back out to my goats and get everyone settled in for bedtime at 8, hubby's ready for supper then so after that I have some time to catch a tv show while I break up hay cubes for the next day...then I'm usually in bed by 11. On Sundays, I work 7-2 so routine is basically the same....on my 1 or 2 days off I am committed to driving my mom to grocery shop or dr. appointments and my routine is almost the same except I get to sleep til 7.
  9. Goat Hollow

    Goat Hollow New Member

    Apr 1, 2012
    Tinmouth, Vermont
    I work 5 days a week.

    Wake at 5:40am
    Check school emails, TGS, get hot water going for babies bottles.
    6:30 -Shower and get ready
    7:00 - out to feed the big goats, baby goats, and let the chickens out.
    7:15/7:20 - on my way to work
    Home around 5:40 (most nights I'm home by 7pm)
    Change and hang out with the goats
    Big ones in bed by 6:40
    Babies in bed by 7:15
    Chickens in when dark
    Dinner by 8 or sometimes 9
    TV, veg, and usually pass out on the couch lol
  10. Coraxfeather

    Coraxfeather New Member

    Oct 8, 2008
    Slippery ROckPA
    Well lets see

    Get up about 7:30 am (yes they let me sleep in a bit)
    Make milk and give the morning bottles to the babies about 8am finish about 9 am
    Let the babies play for about a hour or two While I hve brekfast and watch some tv
    Feed the older babies in the kid room. There hay water, grain anda apples.
    Clean there pens
    about 12 I feed the babies again.
    Nap time for them also after the bottles
    Let the big babies outside to play in the yard if not to cold or wet. If they do not go outside they play in the house.
    Put them in there room and do laundry. Also eat lunch somewhere in there (have to wash bedding or no dry baby pens)
    Let them out bout 5 pm for another bottle. THey play until bout 7 pm where i start dinner for us
    Put them into there pens and then relax enjoying the puter and tv
    Get them out about 10 pm and give them there last bottles.
    Clean there pens while they play
    About 11:30 put them in there pens for the night.
    Clean the house and put laundry away and wash bottles.
    About 1 or 2 am goto bed and then get up and do it all again

    Looking this over I would not traide it for the world.
  11. ETgoatygirl

    ETgoatygirl Active Member

    Mar 23, 2012
    My new schedule is as follows... I wake up at 5:20ish AM, have breakfast, do all of my animal chores, milk Stardust at 6:10ish and leave for work. Am not too pleased with my new schedule (I've recently got a job working in the mornings at a Vet clinic). I am usually a night owl, so it's kinda difficult for me to go to bed early enough for me to get the right amount of sleep. Am dreading when I have to milk all 3 of my goats every morning. Early rising for me, I guess:) Yawn!
  12. rosti

    rosti Member

    Jan 31, 2011
    7:30: Get up.
    8:00 Milk goats.
    8:30: Feed all animals.
    9:30 School
    10:30 Done with school.(I am home schooled) I find little things to do until lunchtime.
    11:30 Eat lunch.
    From 12:00 till 6:00, I do different things. Depending on the weather, I might ride the horses, clean animal pens, or whatever
    6:00: Eat supper.
    6:30: Read
    7:00:Feed all animals. (My mom milks at night)
    8:30 Use computer.
    9:30 Go to bed.
  13. keren

    keren owned by goats

    Oct 26, 2008
    Well I work full time, so my goats have to fit in around that.

    5am alarm goes off and amid much groaning, whining and cursing I drag myself out of bed. My morning is broken into ten minute slots as follows:

    - stumble out of the bedroom, let T Bone (dog) out for a wee, walk into a bunch of walls, finally find the toilet, then the bathroom and put my contacts in (honestly that can take a while), find some clothes
    - call T Bone back in, throw his toy a couple times, find something for breakfast in our always terribly stocked pantry and fridge (so breakfast is sometimes rather weird)
    - eat breakfast on the couch while checking facebook, emails and TGS on my phone, and remind myself I'm not going to die just cos I got out of bed
    - mix up calf bottle (and goat bottles if I'm feeding any goats but at the moment its just a calf), feed T Bone and the cats and fill their water bucket
    - find my way outside to the paddocks and call the calf, give him his bottle, shine my phone at the goats to make sure they are all there (its still dark and my torch battery died)
    - back inside, glance at the time and **** myself cos I'm running out of time and I'm gonna be late, make two sandwiches for hubby, quickly jump in the shower and change clothes (I work in an animal facility so I have to change for quarantine purposes), run outside and turn the car on so it warms up or else I freeze in the morning, run back inside, grab something for my lunch (usually last night's dinner), throw T Bone's toy, back to the bedroom and kiss hubby goodbye, throw T Bone's toy, then I'm out the door and gone.

    So, I leave at 6am. The drive to work is roughly an hour, give or take. So I arrive at work at 7am and work through till 3pm (although we are so short staffed and busy I often have to stay longer).

    Get home usually around 4pm, quick shower and clothes change, check that the critters are all ok, let T Bone out for wee and to run around like a maniac, find some food and get on the computer for a little while.

    5pm mix up the goat feed, tie them all up and serve their dinner, while they are eating I top up any water troughs and hay troughs that need it, and water the garden as our reticulation is broken. Mix up the milk for the calf and feed him again, and stuff some grain into his mouth (trying to convince him to eat solids). Invariably get my toes stood on by the calf (I have a bad habit of wearing thongs to do my chores). Untie them all, head back inside and soak the grain for tomorrow.

    6.30pm - start dinner if hubby isnt home and if I'm feeling energetic enough to do it. Pour a bourban and coke. Throw T Bone's toy.

    7.00pm - hubby tends to get home between 7 and 7.30 by which point I'm collapsed on the couch. He finishes cooking dinner by about 7.30 or 8, at which point if I am still awake I'll have dinner.

    I rarely go to bed after 9pm. I prefer to be in bed by 8pm if I can manage it. I like my sleep.

    So my week is rather crazy and not really conducive to lots of goat stuff. I also work every second weekend, so the weekends I have off are my time to give em lots and lots of attention, plenty of goat cuddles, trim feet, fix fences etc.

    Weekends are also the time I get to see a bit of hubby! Poor boy, he doesnt need as much sleep as I do so I think he gets a bit bored when sometimes he gets home at 7.30pm and I'm already asleep on the couch.

    And weekends are when I actually manage to clean the house ... not much cleaning gets done during the week as we are both too busy and we can live with it ... my motto for visitors is "sorry about the mess, if it bothers you, start cleaning"

    I do believe I am going to die when they are all in milk later this year and I have all their kids on the bottle. I will have to start milking at 4am. Bleh. And I wont be making the 8pm bedtime either lol.
  14. Jessaba

    Jessaba Senior Member

    May 13, 2010
    My job is stay home and work on the farm so this is my schedule!

    430 am alarm goes off...I help get hubby up, get lunch together, make sure he has everything and send him out the door around 5am.

    5-6 relax, feed dogs, eat breakfast.

    6-7 - Let baby goats and mamas out of barn for the day, check on all chicks and turkeys feed and water them as needed, give goats hay for the day and grain

    7-8 Shower, get dressed anything major that needs done right then

    8-11 run my errands that need to be ran

    11-12 Check on goats again (make sure no one has head stuck..dumb goats) check on chicks, turkeys, LGD's

    12-2 Check for eggs in the yard/chicken coop, clean house, Eat lunch and thaw something for dinner

    2-4 Get ready to go pick up hubby from work since he rides with his dad in the mornings.

    4-430 Get home, check mail, and start preparing dinner

    430-5 Get dinner done

    5-6 Spend time with hubby and dad talk about day, etc, eat dinner

    6-730 check on animals feed and water, get remaining eggs, lock mamas and babies in barn, feed cats, and LGD's

    8 in bed to sleep for next day

    I get some free time to check computer and if I don't I just check stuff on my Iphone. And if I have people coming to buy animals or eggs I make time for that when I can.
  15. DavyHollow

    DavyHollow New Member

    Jul 14, 2011
    Massachusetts, USA
    Lemme see . . .
    When I get back home it should be added to get in/out the goats to this current schedule:

    Up at 8am
    Shower, clean, dress, finish hw
    Class at 9:45am
    Out of class at 2pm
    Work at 3pm
    Home by 10:30ish
    Bed at 12ish

    Up at 6:45am
    Work at 8am, leave by 7am
    Work til 3pm
    Hw, supper
    Hanging with BF or Roommate
    Bed at 11-12ish

    Up at 6:45am
    Work at 8am, leave by 7am
    Work til 10pm
    hw, late supper
    Collapse by 12pm
  16. Mandara Farm

    Mandara Farm Well-Known Member

    Sep 12, 2010
    Way too busy to write it out :laugh:

    Jesse-goats, you are too funny!

    >>>Get up 6:45
    Wake up at 6:55

    :slapfloor: :ROFL:
  17. RPC

    RPC Boer Goat Breeder

    This is my week day schedule
    Alarm goes off at 6:45 a.m.
    Do chores at 7 a.m. then rush out the door by 7:35 a.m. to get to work by 8:00
    Work till 4:30 p.m. and get home around 5 p.m. and get some computer time in.
    Around 6 p.m. I go out and feed everyone, then pull Caliber out and feed him some Calf Manna to help him grow faster. After that if it is a nice day I let 1 pen out at a time to eat grass outside of the pasture. It also gives them more time to interact with me.
    8 p.m. I go back out and give the 2 bottle babies there night bottle now that they are only getting 2 bottles a day.
    My day is really pretty easy compared to some of you. That is another reason I have meat goats is I do not have time to milk twice a day and clean everything afterwards.
  18. TheMixedBag

    TheMixedBag The Hoofcare and Repro specialist

    Oct 16, 2010
    Glencoe, OK
    I usually work overnights and you have no idea how much easier it actually is to take care of the goats this way.

    10pm: get up, check everyone, then lights out in the barn.
    7:30am: get home, milk, feed 6 flakes of hay.
    12pm: check feet and general health, and work on halter breaking and manners

    It's a short schedule, but I'm often out for at least am hour each time, and soon as ganon is gone, I will probably start miking full time until I can get her to a once a day schedule. As it stands right now, I'm only milking when it's needed.