Milking

I have been milking three goats twice a day for a few weeks now and the novelty of milking has worn off.  I enjoy spending time with the goats but I’m not sure my poor cramping hands can take it.

The Commander wanted me to get a milking machine so I did some research on the web and found that the Henry Milker was getting great reviews.  I decided to give it a try and I even splurged and got the advanced version, it milks two teats simultaneously.

It really is a simple design and is quite easy to use – it came with a three page instruction manual.  The milker caps fit my mason jars so I was set to give it a try.

Addison, my best milker, was easily hooked up and milked in no time flat!  Her teat orifices were such that the suction filled the feed line and the teat cup almost immediately.  She was totally dry in less than two minutes.

One of the reasons I got the milker was because Gidget had smaller teats and orifices so she was difficult to milk.  She now gives almost as much milk as Addison and she enjoys the suction cups much more than hand milking. 

I highly recommend the Henry Milker.  It is easy to use and works like a champ.  The time savings is incredible and I am once again enjoying spending time with my girls during the milking process.

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7 comments on “Milking

  1. Yeah for the Henry Milker! I bet your hands will thank you. And the time you save is worth alot, too!

  2. Chai Chai says:

    Lynn – I really like it. The thing is so dang simple in design too, the owner in Alaska must really be making out.

  3. edenhills says:

    I'm milking 5 girls twice daily right now. I might have to look at that. My hands are actually used to it, and I don't get cramps anymore. 🙂

  4. luckybunny says:

    It's new to me but looks very useful! I hear you about the hand cramping, it gets kinda rough. I stick through it – I find it gets less for me after a while, but it can be bad and does slow you down. So glad to see you milking! Yay to fresh milk!

  5. Chai Chai says:

    Teresa – I think it is worth taking a look at, I really like it and it saves me a ton of time.LuckyBunny – The Commander loves the milk so I agree, Yay fresh milk! I enjoy my milking time with the girls and this milker gives me a bit more flexibility while I'm in with them.

  6. Michelle says:

    Thank you so much for writing this post! I have been thinking of getting one of these but didn't know if it would be worth the money, so good to see a real live good review here.

  7. Chai Chai says:

    Michelle – I got a few emails asking how I liked it so I'm happy to pass on the information!

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