Not sure if ponies cook longer, but waiting for one of my mares to deliver a foal by Gold of Capri. She is over her 'usual' time frame but Ive been testing the milk. Its gone from salty to progressively very sweet, thick, sticks to side of glass etc.. she is softer, not 'ready', but getting soft at the croup, very cuddly and affectionate, ... all the good signs. But the strip numbers haven't dropped... in fact this evening went back up to a PH reading of 9.0 The first strips I was using were outdated, so these are brand new. They are Insta-test 4 if that makes a difference. Is there a chance they are wrong? They have been very reliable before so this has got me puzzled. Can numbers drop quickly even if previous deliveries have been predictable with the progression? Or am I relying on them too much? TIA!
Did you dilute the milk in distilled water first? Either 1/2 cc of milk to 3 cc of distilled water or 1 cc of milk to 6 cc of distilled water. If you don't dilute it in distilled water first, the pH will be off the charts
Like Gretchen, I can't either...and I've tried several different kinds of pH strips. When I test it with straight milk, the pH is always high, high, HIGH. If I test it immediatey with distilled water, then I get 6.4, 6.8, etc.
So that and the filtered water is why you are getting wonky pH numbers, while the rest of her is saying "I'm getting close".