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What Kinds of Animals Do You Keep? (Today's Poll)
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Lynch in E.TX    Posted 02-12-2003 at 01:39:31       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have 1 Border Collie, and a few chickens is all right now...just got back this Fall from my Dad dying in Oregon(up there for 3 years...took care of him 24 hours a day, the last 3 months, until he died), and haven't got the animals going yet. Buying 2 or 3 heifers soon and a sow or 2...by late Spring will have at least 50 chickens, some wild Turkey and Quail, and the heifers and baconmakers...and getting another Border Collie in 9 weeks from the gentleman that owns the stud that bred my dog...don't know if he bred her or not, but his female is whelping any day, and I have 1st pick.... building fence and pens right now...Lynch


pygmywombat    Posted 02-13-2003 at 09:53:40       [Reply]  [Send Email]
1- Guernsey cow
1- half Ayrshire, half Guernsey heifer
18- assorted chickens, getting more this spring
1- German Shepherd dog
2- rabbits
2- barn cats
1- goldfish
1- tarantula


Burlgoat    Posted 02-12-2003 at 18:05:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
Have a 38 year old quaterhorse mare, a jenny&colt, six cows& 1 bull,English bulldog,cat,&ashish tu dog.Bulldog snores as loud as my wife does.


Stretch    Posted 02-12-2003 at 15:02:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
Got 2 horses, 2 donkeys, a pair of turkeys, couple of useless pot-bellied pigs, a bunch a chickens, 2 sheep, a couple of barn cats and a very lazy bassett hound.

If you ask her, the Bossmare would say she has 3 uh, er, donkeys to take care of...


Jim in Michigan    Posted 02-12-2003 at 13:45:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
We have,, 4 dogs,3 cats, 8 pygmy goats,1 Jacob sheep and her new born Jacob/Navajo cross ewe, 7 navajo Churro, one pony, rabbits, chickens, ducks,and I am boarding 13 Longhorns and 3 holstiens...Jim


SeaJ    Posted 02-12-2003 at 11:22:27       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have 4 horses, a half arab/quarter horse, 2 quarter horses and an Ap, 5 longhorn cows and a bull, 5 boer goats,1 nubian goat, a golden retriever, a golden/lab cross, 3 Dalmation/rottweiler crosses, and a cat. I think thats all. OH!!! a piney woods rooter.


Chickens,dog ,cats, n/mNan(TX)    Posted 02-12-2003 at 08:33:42       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Chickens,dog ,cats, n/mNan(TX)


RayP(MI)    Posted 02-12-2003 at 08:27:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
Shetland Sheep, North American Llamas, and bunnies - all kinds: Californians, Netherland Dwarfs, Flemish Giants, French Angoras, Dutch, Holland Lop. These are for show, sale, 4-H, and fiber. Once in a while, one of 'em ends up on the table. For me, it's a little hard to find the little guy I was cuddling in the barn on Saturday, as the guest oh honor at Sunday dinner!


cowgirlj    Posted 02-12-2003 at 07:49:49       [Reply]  [Send Email]
One cat, five dogs (a border collie, a chocolate lab, a boxer, a jack russell, and a bouviea), one mini donkey, one goat, one young colt, chickens coming in March, more horses to follow, a couple of pigs soon too, and a calf or two in the spring. Thinking about ducks, or geese if we can get a pond built, might be a hassle with the pond though due to the draught here and the West Niles scare (misquitoes).


Nan(TX)    Posted 02-12-2003 at 08:39:50       [Reply]  [Send Email]
What kind of chickens and what hatchery?


cowgirlj    Posted 02-12-2003 at 10:19:59       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We ordered from Murray McMurray this time. We ordered a small variety: 4 speckled sussex, 5 columbiam rocks, 5 silver laced wyandottes, 6 black australorps (1 is a rooster), and 5 partridge rocks. If these go ok, I think next year I would like to add some exotics to the bunch. That is if the coyotes don't get them all. We only ordered the rooster because I thought I would try a couple of hatches, so I guess I will need to set up some kind of candling system too.


Nan(TX)    Posted 02-12-2003 at 11:06:54       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I love McMurray and have ordered from them many times. Did you have your day olds vac for Mereks it cost about 11cents a chick .Here is a list that I look over ever time I order.

We all have deferent ways to raise our chicks here is what works for me.
One of the first things I did was inform my mail carrier and post office that I was receiving chicks in the mail and that I wanted to pick them up as soon as possible and to call me when they arrive.
You well need a coop that is predator proof.
FAQ
http://www.mcmurrayhatchery.com/faqtop.html
Chick Care
http://www.mcmurrayhatchery.com/chickcare.html

Most of this info can be found at the links above.

HEAT: Should be 90 to 95 degrees for the first week. Reduce the temperature 5 degrees per week until you get to 70 degrees. Then they shouldn't need any more heat. Have this ready before you bring your chicks home.

Most baby bird loss is caused because the bird doesn't start to eat or drink.

FEED: Because of coccidiosis I highly recommend medicated chick starter. The first day I feed my day olds boiled egg yokes with the chick starter. Then after I get everyone involved with eating I encourage them with an excited voice to eat the chick starter and use my finger like moms beak to pick at the food. Most of them love this! When around livestock I have found I get better results if I move slow.

WATER: The first couple of days I use plain NOT flavored pedalite are the Wal-Mart brand. Plain water is okay you will need to DIP THE BEAK OF THE CHICK IN THE WATER BEFORE YOU TURN IT LOOSE. For the first 2 days add 3 tablespoons of table sugar to each quart of water for extra energy. The deal with the sugar is sometimes it causes diarrhea thatís why I use pedalite. Chicks can see color real well especially red all my waters are this color. Some people even use red jello for this.

REAR END "PASTING UP": Sometimes the stress of shipping causes the manure to stick to the back of the bird. It is important to remove this daily. Pull off gently or, better yet, wash off with a cloth and warm water. It will disappear in a few days as the bird starts to grow. The only time I donít have this problem is when I hatch my own babies.


cowgirl    Posted 02-12-2003 at 12:03:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks, we have been studying up a little on chicks. Pedalite sounds like a good idea though. We will be building indoor brooders for the first couple of weeks or so, until we know the barn is warm enough for thier comfort, and they are strong enough to go outdoors. They are due to arrive March 3rd, so spring should be well on it's way!?
Prewarning the post office is good idea too.
When it gets closer to the time for their arrival, perhaps I'll have a few questions for you. I appreciate the advice!
j


Mike B IL    Posted 02-12-2003 at 07:33:43       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We have (25) miniature horses. We raise, bred, show and sell them. They are fun, have a warm personality and if they step on you they don't break your toe! Less to feed and clean up also.
www.amazingsonrise.com stop by and say hi.


Mac/MS    Posted 02-12-2003 at 07:27:25       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Have 3 registered Bassett Hounds, 2-8yrs old 1-2 yrs, (the female's granddad was a Westminster champ but she don't get in the famliy way for some unknown reason), and the pup 2 months I rescued the other week (the vet said he has a lot of border collie in him and might be part lab as he has webbed feet and by the way he's getting along good, full of p___ & vinegar) and one dog 13 yrs I brought back from Guam that stays with my parents. Going to re-fence the home place, 40 acres, and try to get a couple horses and maybe a couple calves for meat when I have to move back to see to the folks, they are getting up in age and mother has Alzhemiers and dad has Parkinsons. I live in town right now about 5 miles away and go out there just about every day, its where my shop is.


kraig WY    Posted 02-12-2003 at 07:14:36       [Reply]  [Send Email]
8 heifers, three horses, chickens, down to only three pigs, (one for dinner, two for 4H), two dogs, and some barn cats


Willy-N    Posted 02-12-2003 at 06:48:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
2 bulls, 5 cows (4 calves on the way) about 20 chickens, 3 Newfoundlands, stupid noisy Pariot and 6 months of the year 3 pigs for meat. Mark H.


williamf    Posted 02-12-2003 at 06:41:10       [Reply]  [No Email]

Also two cats and a dog.


countrygurl    Posted 02-12-2003 at 06:10:42       [Reply]  [Send Email]
4 children (do they count) meat rabbit farm(100+ doe), 2 steers & 1 heifer(young) ring neck pheasents, bobwhite quail, to many to count chickens, turkeys, 2 pair african geese,20+ red worm beds 2 dogs, oh yeah- 1 hubby.i was a city girl now gone country. My want to get list: a few meat goats and pigs. i really really want a horse but hubby says they are a useless eating machine HE WRONG!, i keep trying to convince him horse are great to use for hunting. i am still trying.
friends,
countrygurl


A horse is great if...    Posted 02-12-2003 at 06:24:55       [Reply]  [Send Email]
..it has a steady use, like for hunting or packing or pulling and working...otherwise they are just bank-account-draining-poop-machines...when the outlaw pickup trucks I'll get me one. Lynch


countrygurl    Posted 02-12-2003 at 08:20:49       [Reply]  [Send Email]
like i sai: i point for hubby view on a horse
lol


Mike D.    Posted 02-12-2003 at 05:46:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
Need to finish our fence before we get cows again, but the gates and corners are in. Just need to plant about 35 more posts and we'll have the first pasture back in use. Then we'll get a few cows and ease back into it. We've had Angus in the past. Had a steer that I named steak, he could draw down more grass than two heifers.

The wildlife is good to share the place with us. A neighbor next to us turned 200 quail and 100 rabbits lose a few years back. We've got wild turkey all around, and deer. All the farms that share our line have been timbered off in the past 2-3 years.
Ours was cut over 20 years ago. We got squirrels everywhere. The farm is about 50% open with the rest wooded and grown up.


I want to get Angus crosses...    Posted 02-12-2003 at 06:51:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
...like Brangus, and then breed them back to purebred Angus bulls...bulls with low birth weights, so the heifers have an easier time of it. But want to get at least one pure Brahman heifer and one pure Longhorn heifer...the Longhorn is reputed to be the easiest birther there is...and they are best suited for hot and hard climates...they have a great genetic history and are extremely disease resistant and roamed wild for over 400 years. I'll breed a my Longhorn to a Brahman bull and once in a while back to a Longhorn bull...gonna keep 1 or 2 calves for eating and sell the rest minus a real good heifer once in a while...all the bull calves will go in the freezer. Gonna use a mobile slaughter service, because I don't trust most slaughter houses...I'm building a finishing pen... 16 X 16... and finishing them out on sweet corn and grains...I plan on having superior finished beef carcasses and I don't want a slaughter house giving me back some 10 year old dairy cow that they switched out for my top meat. The last side of beef I got with my brother-in-law was terrible and we threw it all out....tasted like it was a 20 year old freezer-burnt horse. Lynch


Willy-N    Posted 02-12-2003 at 07:56:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
Same here and we switched butchers and the meat is a lot better and more of it?? We have 1- registerd Longhorn heifer, 2- registerd Scotish Highlands heifers, 1- Reg Highland Bull, 1- Angus Cross Bull and 2- Angus Cross heifers. We are tring to get easy keeper Cows thru the winter with the Highland breeding the Longhorn and other Highlands. We also have the Angus Cross bred by the Range Angus bull for free. Meat should be nice and lean on the Longhorn and Highlands. Mark H.


Gary, Mt, Hermon. La    Posted 02-12-2003 at 05:04:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
one real hard headed registered black angus bull, 13 mixed breed cows, one registertered black angus cow and calf, 14 calves on the way, pigs, only 4 to 6 weeks prior to butchering, wifes two cats, my dog, stray that stayed, numerous oppossum, armadillo, deer, rodents, birds, and me (:>)


Lynch    Posted 02-12-2003 at 05:10:39       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I'm planning on having a sow or two to breed, and then sell the pigs...got a great book last month titled PORK PRODUCTION from 1937...have gone thru it and it really goes into detail about every aspect of raising hogs...has a great diagram and easy instructions for building a pen for keeping the sow from killing the piglets. Can't wait to get started...the pigs at the auction here sell out every week...so I won't have a problem selling them as fast as I can breed them. Lynch


Fawteen    Posted 02-12-2003 at 04:40:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
5 Shetland ewes, lost the ram last fall will replace him this spring, a Llama, 3 dozen laying hens, and every spring 50-60 meat birds.

And the Grumpasaurus. Mostly she sheds and eats chicken turds...


Never met a Dog that ...    Posted 02-12-2003 at 05:13:39       [Reply]  [Send Email]
...didn't love to nibble on poultry poop. My dog herds them up and gets a nice little snack as her reward (yuk) Lynch


bidibird    Posted 02-12-2003 at 04:34:24       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Sorry about your Dad.I lost my Dad in June after a long illness too.
I have a rescued horse,5 cats,2chickens and a useless hound.(walker/black & tan mix)And I love every one of them.Elaine


My wife and me...    Posted 02-12-2003 at 05:16:47       [Reply]  [Send Email]
...just love having chickens...been doing it for over 10 years, and get nothing but enjoyment (and eggs and meat) out of it. I don't care what anyone says...they are the easiest farm animal to take care of. Thanks, Lynch


Cindi    Posted 02-12-2003 at 04:20:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
We have 11 adult hogs, 6 gilts, and now 32 piglets, 16 goats, three of which are heavily pregnant at the moment, aprox 30 some hens, and 1 rooster (who is very busy) 4 completely useless dogs and 2 cats and one beta who is in a perpetual state of royally ticked off. I think that's it unless you count the kids. Oh yeah and Rocky the stupid calf.


Monty    Posted 05-09-2004 at 16:15:52       [Reply]  [Send Email]
looking for a mini pot belly pig femail preferably young but... She will live on a 106 section ranch with a ton of other pets. She will live in the house and go with us all the time. "I am able to pay but I am selling llamas and if you are interested we could work out a trade." YOU MUST LIVE CLOSE OR BE ABLE TO DELIVER OR PICK UP YOU LLAMAS. ha ha ha


That's a Herd!    Posted 02-12-2003 at 05:18:58       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Rocky sounds more like a Bullwinkle. Lynch


Maggie/TX    Posted 02-12-2003 at 04:11:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
Right now all we have is one black Lab dog and 6 cats. One of the two female cats is now in heat and the leading contenders are her two brothers. Guess we'll have a batch of idiot kittens before long? LOL!


Six cats!!! Are you planning to...    Posted 02-12-2003 at 05:32:09       [Reply]  [Send Email]
...drive a herd of them up to the cat feeding grounds up north? GET ALONG LITTLE KITTY! HEYAH! HEYAH! (as the whip cracks)


Whizz    Posted 02-12-2003 at 04:09:43       [Reply]  [No Email]

This is an old photo. Paint mare is 3 years old and the TW gelding is 18 mos. Also have three Beagle hounds.


LH    Posted 02-12-2003 at 03:54:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have horses, (riding and draft) donkeys, a mule, a Llama, 2 goats, chickens, ducks, rabbits, too many cats and aobut half a dozen dogs


Lynch    Posted 02-12-2003 at 05:24:05       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Cats are something we learned to stay away from...haven't had a cat in over 7 years...Unless we get a mouser for the barn, we will never have another... our Border Collies have never liked cats...and our dogs are very important to us, so we skip the kittys.


cowgirlj    Posted 02-12-2003 at 08:00:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
Lynch, if you raise them together they will get along. Our border collie is so gentle, he loves the cat. In fact, Duke and my cat we had in CA were best of friends. The cat used to hold Duke by the cheeks and wash his face for him, Duke would just stand there with his eyes closed and patienetly wait until the cat was done.
j


Donna from Mo    Posted 02-12-2003 at 03:32:56       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Right now all we have is one dog; but in the past we've had horses, beef cattle, milk cows, hogs, goats, geese, turkeys, ducks, rabbits, etc. When I retire in two or three years, I will, once again, have livestock... just so they don't keep us from going camping, and to tractor shows.


That's great...Then you have a ...    Posted 02-12-2003 at 05:25:43       [Reply]  [Send Email]
...bunch of experience to offer on those other livestock you used to have. Lynch


Maybe these questions are corny...    Posted 02-12-2003 at 01:45:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
...but it is a great way for everyone to get up to speed with everyone else's country life...and that way when someone posts that their dog had pups or their chickens got killed, more of us will be familiar with that persons animal situation and know what's going on....Besides...it's fun and entertaining and informative...I got alot out of the tractor posts. Lynch


Tom A    Posted 02-12-2003 at 02:31:09       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Let's see, today we have: about a dozen goats, couple o sheep, a mule and an old donkey in the big barn; about 50 chickens and 3 turkeys in the coop, 6 hives of honeybees, 3 dogs, 5 cats, a lovebird, a parakeet, an anole, a pondful of koi and goldfish....hey, does the wild mouse in the pantry count?

havin' fun at 'the petting zoo'!
Tom A


I guess if you are allowing...    Posted 02-12-2003 at 05:27:57       [Reply]  [Send Email]
...him/her to stay...then the mouse counts. Is it a purebred mouse, or just a mutt mouse? Lynch


dunno    Posted 02-12-2003 at 06:14:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
...never seen him, just his 'leavings' around the empty trap every morning!
Guess I wouldn't mind him if he'd just pick up after himself.

tom


cowgirlj    Posted 02-12-2003 at 10:27:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
Where there's one, there's some! Don't them fool ya'.
Try a glue board. They really work for trapping mice.
j


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