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Spring has sprung, Easter has passed, and we are on our way to working outdoors in the yard, gardening, and on the farm. We are close to the close of our birthing season for the year; we have 4 more cows and a couple of 2 yr. old heifers to have calves and we have 2 more goats (Boar) to have little ones; I have 10 already. And if that weren’t enough, we have 33 baby chicks. Combining all of them together, I have 52 new baby animals. It sure keeps me busy.
With the re-birth of Spring and all the new babies, it keeps a person busy making sure all of them are eating well and the mamas are keeping them well fed. From experience, I have learned that is pays to keep a close eye on them for the first couple of weeks to make sure they are staying healthy.
Things to look for is coughing, discharge, fever, being inactive, and loss of appetite. Once they are feeling better, their health should improve. It is not to say that you may need to talk to a veterinary and get some medications in case they do become ill. Even though, we sometimes feel like we know how to treat them and what to give, we are not necessarily always right in our diagnosis. If in question about anything, always check with the professionals.
I am talking from experience, since last year I lost 9 baby goats before I found out the real problem and began treating it. I knew nothing about Coccidiosis and learned the hard way, what it was and what to do about it.
One issue, I am having this year is the nannies are having their babies and a week to two later, they are expelling discharge and bleeding. It has been an issue with everyone of them. So, I went to the vet and he suggested a long lasting penicillin. Then you watch them for 3 days and if it doesn’t seem to have an effect, give another dose and then talk to the vet if not better within two weeks.
Always keep their bedding dry and keep them out of the rain to avoid foot rot. Once you get it on you farm, it is hard to get rid of. Take care of your babies and Good Luck.
Pictured here is Beauty and her triplets born on March 26, 2011, Jack, Junior and Jada. Just minutes after their birth.
I have been raising chickens now for about three years now and I still learn something new everyday. I have Bantys, Leghorns and Buff Orringtons and they are all now grown. I have started allowing them to roam the farm and have to alternate letting them out of their coup in the daytime and the dogs out of their pens at night. I have found that to let them all out at once is unhealthy for the chickens especially.
I have 4 roosters and 43 hens. They are now laying over 2 dozen eggs a day and I sell them for a buck a dozen otherwise I have them running out of my fridge, literally. They are a sight to watch as they peck and roam around scrounging for worms and bugs and can make a mound out of nothing pretty fast. I was surprised to go out to the barn to feed and found my storage room where I put straw and hay for my goats all in mounds and hills. They work fast.
The other thing I am trying to learn is how to get them back in the coup when I need them there. If I wait until 8 pm they might go in pretty easy because it is getting dark but, there are days when I need them to go in earlier if I need to be gone or I know I won’t be able to be out at the barn at the time when they need to go in. Right now I am chasing chickens everyday to get them in. I seem to always have a couple stray away from the group and then it is a chore to get them back to where they belong. I am afraid to get one of the dogs out to help since Jessie has caught one or two before and they didn’t make it. So I run myself ragged just trying to get them in. I have had to leave a c0uple out once or twice just for the sake of not being able to get them where they belong.
I keep my hens healthy by feeding them Egg Maker Complete Chicken feed. This particular type of feed is designed to help the hens with all the nutrients they need in order to lay their eggs. Love my Chicks!
Since I was a little girl I remember my mother teaching us to say a night time prayer,”Now I Lay me down to sleep, I pray dear Lord my soul to keep, if I should die before I wake, I pray dear Lord my soul to take.” I remember this as it was yesterday and I taught this same prayer to my children when they were little tykes. Today you just do not hear the prayer much anymore and it is a real surprise when you hear a child pray these days. God Bless those parents and grandparents that keep the power of prayer alive in their children.
I suppose you think it is funny for me to talk about prayer on a farm blog but if any one person knows about the power of prayer it is a farmer and his family. We live by Faith and in order to have faith, prayer goes right along with it. We look to the Lord our Father for a plentiful crop, for the rain when we need it, the sun when we need it and sometimes even when we don’t. We depend on our Faith to keep us healthy in order to provide for our families and to tend to our crops and livestock. We cannot always depend on the market to provide because it fluctuates constantly. We have to depend on Faith to carry us through easy and happy times as well as the rough and tough times. Faith is invisible yet we know it is real, we feel it every day just like the wind and through prayer we strengthen our Faith to help us through out our lives by talking to God and Trusting in Him. God Bless us all.
I am writing about this today just because one of God’s beautiful creatures reminded me that we all have faith even if we aren’t human. I took this photo of my kitten, Gizzer, while she was sleeping. It just goes to show that all God’s creatures pray, at least that is what she looks like she is doing. It was so adorable I had to share it with all of you.
Just remember to keep your animals healthy and for Cats and Kittens try our Proud Paws Cat and Kitten food for great taste and good nutrition for your felines.
It’s no secret that alfalfa is a staple in the diet of many horses, but do you know what sets it apart from other forage? First, alfalfa has a high level of protein, which is essential for building and maintaining muscle mass. Alfalfa also boasts large quantities of fiber, which is essential for digestion. It also has immense volumes of calcium and other nutrients, so you have to be careful that your horse isn’t getting too much of what he needs.
For horses that don’t have alfalfa as part of their daily diet, you can purchase alfalfa supplements. These products contain the same nutritional value as the hay in a small, easy to administer cube. This allows your horse to get the proper amount of nutrients without excess waste.
Nothing hurts more than the heartbreak of losing someone or something you love. The something I am referring to is the loss of a couple of kids, goats, that contracted Coccidiosis. Being a beginner in the raising and handling of goats; it was a shock to me when my kids started getting sick. I have had my herd for over 2 years and this had not been an issue for me so I was at my wits end.
I read up on the symptoms they were showing and most of it pointed in the direction that I needed to de-worm them. I hadn’t considered that they would need that at such a young age but, then again, I was totally at a loss. So, checking with the vet, I got what I needed and de-wormed the whole herd of 15, making sure to disperse the correct dosage per body weight, per animal. They seemed to improve some but in two weeks, I knew it had to be done once more. The time came and I done another round. A couple of days later, one of my kid nannies became weak and I had to remove her from the herd and give IV solution for dehydration. She did not make it. I was devastated! I did not understand what was happening.
I called the vet again and explained the weakness and dehydaration symptoms and lack of appetite and told him my smallest was down and the others were showing similar signs. After due consideration, he prescribed a Corid Drench for 5 days and a liquid to add to their drinking water for the older ones. Coccidiosis, which can be fatal if not treated in time, is an infectious disease caused by protozoan parasites that attack the epithelial tissue of animals and my little ones had it. My littlest was not strong enough to withstand the medication, another loss.
I began working with them on a schedule and drenching them once daily. Cleaned out their feeders and re-strawed their barn. They would be confined for 5 -10 days and needed a clean dry place to get over this. After a couple of days, their appetites increased, the diarrhea cleared and they were playing again. They even began to look healthier.
I was relieved but we were not out of the woods yet. They were not 100% and Doc said as a preventive and precautionary measure, I should change their feed to a medicated one that controls just this issue. So I did.
I now feed Goat Power feed with medication for Coccidiosis mixed in. It has given me great results and the goats love the taste. They look forward to that everyday. From this experience, I have learned to keep Doc’s number close at hand and when I see something that is not quite as it should be to question it, even if it amounts to nothing in the long run. Sometime it just may save a life.
Due to superior breeding and an abundance of nutritional food, horses and livestock are larger and in better physical condition than ever before. While this is certainly a boon for farmers, these superb physical specimens also require more maintenance. One of the most essential tasks for any horse or livestock owner is administering the needed livestock or horse supplements on a regular basis.
Even if you are unfamiliar with the various supplements available, the process shouldn’t be reduced to a guessing game. Look for supplements from well-known producers that are created for a specific purpose. For example, you can now find supplements specifically engineered to augment fiber intake, improve metabolic function and even address the needs of aging animals.
In order to get the most out of your cattle and livestock, it is crucial to give them the proper cattle supplements. With so many products on the market today, it can be difficult to know what your animals really need. A good rule of thumb is to go with supplements that are made with all-natural ingredients.
All living creatures benefit from the same basic vitamins and minerals; so many cattle supplements will contain things that you are familiar with. Top products will have calcium, magnesium and other basic minerals. Also look for a combination of A, B, D and E vitamins in your supplements.
I consider myself a lover of animals. I enjoy my animals a lot. My horse, Blaze, is a beauty but due to health issues, I don’t get to spend as much time with him as I would like. My goat heard gets more of my attention since I have seven nanny’s getting ready to kid and my dog, Bella, gets her daily time with me. I really consider myself a dog person over cats but do have a couple of favorites.
On our farm we have had an over abundance of kittens this fall. Nine litters have arrived and made themselves at home. Every few months we began to notice a new Tom hanging around and then disappear, then another would show up. Of course, it wasn’t long before the Mamas started showing and we knew then that we were headed for a lot of kittens. Now we can officially count 20 plus 0ut around the barn at feeding time. Out of all of them, I have two that I call mine, a Calico named Fluffy and Black kitten with a white diamond on her neck called Raja.
So, my question is are they considered a farm animal or just pets? Well, we know a lot of people have cats as pets in their homes, sometimes several. But on the farm we have more than several, we have twice that many. And yes, we consider them as farm animals, they keep the rodent population under control. That is good on a farm. I once had a rat run up my pant leg and let me tell you that was not a happy moment. I jumped a fence and ran until it fell out of my pant leg. I was 16 at the time but have never forgotten it. It was just one of those feelings that you don’t forget.
So in light of all of this talk about farm animals or pets, I consider them both. Just as we have working dogs, we have them as pets also. We take care of our Cats and Kittens just like we do our other animals. We feed them the best cat food we can and have found that Proud Paws Cat and Kitten food is terrific for our feline herd. They enjoy the taste and eat it up. Some can be and have been picky about other cat food but this feed they really like. They need to have good nutrition to grow and keep healthy just like the horse feed we feed our horses to keep healthy and the rest of the animals. We love them all the same.
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Merry Christmas everyone. It is the holiday season and we are all getting ready for the parties, family get togethers and presents. Now, who doesn’t get excited over receiving a gift?
Well, can you believe that your animals like to receive gifts also? Now I am not necessarily talking large animals but if they are a pet, they will let you know in their own way that they are happy. Larger animals, like cattle appreciate a new bale of hay set out for them or an extra bucket of feed, even an extra bale of straw for bedding and to show their appreciation, they jump right in like it is a new toy.
If they are pets they are more loving and affectionate. Our horses enjoy an extra and unexpected brushing and even that unexpected walk just because they spend time with their master. Our calves get an extra bale of straw for bedding and my pet, Buster, gets to be led around and pampered a little, he is my Little Holestine bull calf. Our dogs, Jessie and Bella may get a new tennis ball and treats for a day or two and my goat herd will get new bedding and a little treat, animal crackers. Even livestock vitamins are a treat for your animal. My horse enjoys peppermint and if I give him a piece of peppermint candy after a good ride or just because. I can tell he loves it.
They really do appreciate the extras that we can give them just like we appreciate the gifts we receive. So do something special for your animals this season and show them your love.
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