Goats: Castrating

Goats should be castrated around 12 weeks (or older) so their urethra has time to grow. Stones can be deadly to goats and a small urethra can't pass a large, sand size, stone.Castrating early can cause urinary calculi (commonly referred to as UC), which is a deadly condition that is difficult to treat.Some meat markets... Continue Reading →

Goats

DAIRY GOATS Alpine - Alpines don't do well in wet climates, though modern breeding is improving their hardiness. - Can be any color except white or light brown with white markings. - Seasonal breeder, usually from August to December.  A doe will be in heat every 18-21 days and can stay in heat from a... Continue Reading →

Goat Info from Fias Co Farms

Fias Co Farms - Lots and Lots of Goat Info From the front page of Fias Co Farm's goat page: This site [Fiasco Farms] provides a multitude of information on the care and keeping of dairy goats, with an emphasis on a natural and humane approach. These pages contain information on all aspects of goat... Continue Reading →

Growing Fodder for Chickens

I bought a 50 lb bag of barley last year with the plan to soak it for the chickens each week.  The bin was recently dug out of the garage and I figured I needed to either do it or dump it, so I grabbed a foil pan and got started.  A few days later... Continue Reading →

Plants Poisonous to Livestock

The list composed by a student at Cornell is specific to goats.  I noticed clover is on the list, which I thought was a good plant for goats.  Granted, there are no botanic names on the list, so maybe it's a particular kind of clover, or an over abundance of clover in the diet?  I... Continue Reading →

As the Hen Crows

My flock consists of a bantam cochin rooster, a black cochin-barred rock mix hen (the lead hen), and eight buff orpington hens. I also have three bantam hens that live in the chicken run to keep them safe from hungry hawks and fat cats.  In the run, there are two bantam cochin hens who are sitting... Continue Reading →

Hatching Quail Eggs

Coturnix quail, also known as Japanese quail, are one of the most widely raised species of quail. Originally domesticated and bred in Japan as early as the 12th century, Coturnix quail are most often raised for meat but they are prolific egg layers, with each hen laying as many as 300 eggs per year. This... Continue Reading →

Raising Quail for Food

Raising quail for food is one way to make yourself more self-sufficient, and to control the quality of the food you eat. Most commercially raised quail (chickens, beef, pork...) are filled with hormones and antibiotics, some of which can be harmful to humans. The best way to raise quails for food is to make sure... Continue Reading →

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