There is so much truth in this saying especially when it comes to livestock! This has been a slow sales year for us, but certainly not 'less interesting.' This year we have had an increase in the volume of people contacting us to only tell us about our 'over priced' goats and hot accusations that we are basically a 'puppy mill' for goats! Lol. Well folks--you get what you pay for ;)
After doing our own research on Herbs, and contemplating whether or not it is worth it to us to try an Herbal De-wormer, we have decided to take the plunge!
It has always surprised me why people seem to be so casual about allowing their goats to kid in their pens unassisted-- especially after selling our first doe 'Red' (the Nubian-Boer ding bat) to a family we thought was equipped to handle goats. We were shocked when we learned that the following spring she died during labor. And even more disappointed (a more 'polite' word than the emotion I had actually felt) when the family blamed the doe for not being capable of 'kidding easily', rather than taking responsibility for their own neglect!
Kidding, as many experienced goat owners know, is NERVE RACKING, you never know what to expect, and if you have owned goats long enough, there will come a time when a doe may need assistance; hence why good goat owners use kidding pens, mark down breeding dates, and anxiously dread--I mean await the arrival of their kids.
On the whole our does have been very good mothers, and have all had smooth labors. But, for what ever reason, this year has been rough on our does...
This is part 3 in our blog series on raising geese. In this segment I am going to try to cover some of the most frequently asked questions regarding ownership of geese, terminology used for raising geese, and how to get prepared to buy your first geese!
This is Part 2 of our blog series discussing raising geese. If you have read Part 1 and still feel you are up to the challenge of owning geese, we are now going to discuss the possible uses for your pet geese on your farm, as well as the proper diet and housing requirements.
Nothing seems more picturesque than walking out of your house on a cool misty morning to feed your livestock and to be greeted by a few geese and ducks next to your very own little pond.
Sadly however, most people's 'farm dreams' get shattered as soon as that sleek 'gaggle' of elegant geese greet their coffee-deprived owner with their signature boisterously-loud, and non-stop-ear drum-piercing-fine-tuned-choir--HONK! Which is soon followed by bullying and feather plucking the ducks. Then, as you tepidly enter the yard, along comes the dreaded- charging-hissing gander. Some where between the honking, hissing, and bullying we stop and ask ourselves "Why did we get geese?!", "Are ALL geese like this?"
When we first moved out of the city to the more comfortable country life my husband and I were both more familiar with, we never had any intention of ever owning goats! So what happened???
Are Minis Efficient Milk Producers??
We are often asked this question, and to us the answer is black & white, but for you skeptics out there, we want to share our experience so far...
Disease Management is quite possibly the biggest challenge anyone raising animals faces since it is the most crucial aspect of raising livestock. No two farms or homesteads will execute their disease management practices in the same way, but there are a few things that do need to be addressed with any livestock that you raise::
Here is where we hope to address the most commonly asked questions about our herd to help you make a more informed decision!
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