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It’s true what they say. Chickens ARE the gateway (drug) animal to homesteading! After almost a year of learning about and raising chickens, we felt like we were ready for the big(ger) leagues. While a family milk cow is certainly a goal for us, we wanted to work our way up to that size of livestock. I had my reservations because up to this point, I’d only ever had cow’s milk. For years now, we’ve been getting raw milk from local farms and I loved it; so did my stomach as we (me and little ones) have lactose intolerance. Oddly enough, raw milk didn’t affect us.

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When we moved out of Houston, we stopped getting raw milk until we were able to find a new supplier (or as I like to say, our dealer, lol). We had the opportunity to try goat’s milk from a local provider and I was hooked! I held a strong belief that it would taste “goaty”. And, while that does/can happen, we had a great experience with this supplier.

After months of research (naturally), my wife and I decided on Mini-Nubians for the breed we wanted to raise and eventually breed. Nubians themselves are excellent milk producers. Mini-Nubians are a cross between Nubians and Nigerian Dwarfs. They produce a smaller version of the Nubian breed with the same great milking qualities.

We happen to buy a few Salmon Favorelle chicken from a neighbor; turned friend, a few months prior and she also had Mini-Nubians for sell! We started off with two and ended up with three that she was selling; all sisters or half-sisters.

Over the last nine months, we’ve been raising Peaches, Poppy, and Petunia. We also had a fourth doe that we ended up selling, Pansy, that didn’t fit our breeding standards for Mini-Nubians.

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Our journey to raising and learning more about goats started with a field trip to our friend’s home where she taught us all about the goats and the proper milking techniques. Next week, we’ll share our story on bringing the goats home.

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