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Goat breeding advice needed please help! 7 Replies

Im new to the goat world.  I had a few as pet at a young age but still dont know much.  My boyfriend bought me a few goats at an auction a few weeks ago one larger doe and two kids one nanny and one…Continue

Started by Cindy. Last reply by Cindy Oct 17, 2013.

types of goats 1 Reply

Hello... im new to the goat world. was wondering if someone can  help me identify some of the breeds i have taking over my yard!!!!  I know a few are prob mixed breed but with what! also proper diet…Continue

Started by Dawn Mezurek. Last reply by HOMEGROWN.org Apr 29, 2013.

Goat Share? 4 Replies

Where I live you can't just buy goats milk from a small farmer unless he is a big certified  operation.  So I barter for milk and no money changes hands. Hopeful the said farmer dosen't get sick of…Continue

Started by Lizz. Last reply by sue woods Jan 26, 2013.

Livestock and Severe Summer Storms 2 Replies

I was wondering- what should be done with animals in case of severe weather? This will be our first year with a few chickens and perhaps a goat/sheep/alpaca. Is it better to let them loose and…Continue

Tags: chicken, goat, tornado, lightning, thunderstorm

Started by Carrie Seal-Stahl. Last reply by will fleener Jan 3, 2013.

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Comment by Cornelia on August 29, 2010 at 8:23pm
I'm totally doing this in the spring: Goat Camp!
Comment by Rachel Hoff on August 31, 2010 at 9:37am
That's awesome! Too bad it's not about 2 months sooner as our goats will be giving birth sometime in February.
Comment by Cornelia on September 2, 2010 at 1:26pm
Comment by Amika Cook Ortiz on November 30, 2010 at 5:24pm
Comment by Jen on January 17, 2011 at 10:41am
Can anyone recommend a good book about keeping ducks?  I'm thinking of getting some, but I want to know what I'm getting into before I actually do it!  Thanks.
Comment by Summer Vlietstra on March 21, 2011 at 6:28pm

Well tomorrow is the day.  B day...Butcher day.  I am a town girl that has moved to the country and I have to admit this is quite hard.  I raised these two pigs from piglet stage and now I need to say goodbye.  Please someone tell me this gets easier.  I am super excited to have meat that I hand raised, but naming them and raising them with love is making it hard to say goodbye.  Please think of me tomorrow as we load them up and send them off to the butcher.

Thank you!

Comment by rachel whetzel on March 21, 2011 at 7:10pm
Summer, I don't know that it gets "easier" but it become easier to accept. Anytime I start to feel like I may not want to do it, I just watch some of the YouTube videos on what Commercial Ag Slaughter and housing looks like. Then I feel pretty danged good about the life my animals had, and that they will die with dignity and respect. Michael Pollan says, every animal should only have one worst day of their lives. :)
Comment by amanda richards on June 26, 2011 at 4:31pm
I agree with Rachel.  It doesn't get easier, but know that you are doing the right thing.  We had our steer butchered in Feb. and I said my good-byes and a heartfelt thank you for your sacrifice as the mobile slaughter truck was pulling up.   We've butchered turkeys and chickens, the sheer number and amount of work numbs you after awhile.  Focus on the future and the yummy food you will receive.  BTW, our beef is the best we've ever eaten!
Comment by Rachel Hoff on June 27, 2011 at 10:07am

Jen, we got our first set of ducks a couple of months ago. I find that I rarely use any books or even look up anything online. If you've ever raised chickens they are pretty similar in that regards. The things I have learned about them though:

Some of the domestic breeds (this hold true for our Rouens and Buffs) can't fly, let alone hop. We've got some fences that are only 12" tall that successfully keep them out of the garden.

They are messy and stinky. Brood them outside if you can. Seriously.

They must have water at all times - especially if they are eating. If you're changing out their water take their food away while you do it.

They LOVE water - duh. But I wasn't prepared for just HOW MUCH they loved water. Any little drip they will go nuts over.

They can be loud and demanding. We have a couple that are super loud. Being in an urban environment, it's weary trying to keep them happy and quiet.

We handled ours a lot when they were young and they still hate us. I'm not quite sure what is up with that.

Comment by will fleener on December 11, 2012 at 12:12pm

Buckeye are an old breed. White plymouth rocks, Partridge plymouth rocks, speckled susses,silver,golden,and columbian Wyandotte are also old breeds

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