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Small survey of feeding here
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john    Posted 02-17-2004 at 05:27:58       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Have a question for ya'll and a small survey... The way I was raised is that the animals get fed first every day.( excluding rain and very bad weather of course),I was wondering what you all think of maintaining a feed time schedule and what you thin are the complications of not adhering the that schedule. thanks for your time...just interested is all
john


bob ny    Posted 02-17-2004 at 09:26:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
6:30 -7:00 every mornin 4:00 throw a little hay just to count and check at least when you follow a schedule you know where they are at that time every day


deadcarp    Posted 02-17-2004 at 08:27:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
well the traditional thing is everybody got up together, then after potty stop the menfolks head for the barn and womenfolks head for the kitchen. that way chores were done about when breakfast was ready and the eggs were never fresher. nowdays with 2 jobs, 2 cars, tv breakfasts, poptarts, microwaves and modern conveniences instead of woodstoves, flour bins and horses to hitch, that could be altered quite a bit, but morning chores were considered more like a warm-up to the days work anyway. evening chores was more like a daily harvest (bring in some corn, stop by the garden) and getting things ready for tomorrow. now my van trip to the cafe is morning chores & planning the day. well i still feed the stove & deer first. guess i haven't changed that much. :)


Alias    Posted 02-17-2004 at 07:16:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
John, I don't see as it matters much which eats first, man or beast. But, Instructions given in the Bible tells man to look after feeding and caring for his oxen and slaves before cramming food into his own face. Now, I suppose it was from this that farmers got into the habit of feeding the animals first. But, around our place, the men folk would feed whist the wimmen cooked b'fast. And, at lunch time and in the evening, feeding was not something that took up a lot of time. So, naturally we got that out of the way so we could eat in peace without having to listen to the mules trying to kick down the barn.


mike    Posted 02-17-2004 at 07:10:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
I think its more important to be consistent If ya feed at 7am and 5pm try and do it every day at that time, not just wander out and do it when ya think of it


Fawteen    Posted 02-17-2004 at 06:33:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well, I sorta agree. Animals first. I modify that slightly due to my work schedule. In the winter when it stays dark so late, I get up at 5:00, eat breakfast, shower, shave, get dressed, pack my lunch and then do chores right before I leave for work, usually about 6:15

Once the seasons progress to where it's light when I get up at 5:00, I do chores first.

In the summer, I swear them animals can read a clock. If I happen to sleep in on a Saturday, they're under the bedroom window at 5:15, demanding their breakfast...


Grove r    Posted 02-17-2004 at 07:37:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
Mawnin', Fawteen, everbody....have made it a practice here, to feed the cows in the late afternoon....reason being, that if they are fed then, they will calve during the day....and it seems to work...for me, anyway.....rarely have a calf at nite...as far as anything else...we aint got anything else.....have a gooder, R.E.L.


Fawteen    Posted 02-17-2004 at 08:17:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
I had heard the same idea. I was told to feed my sheep midmorning to ensure they'd lamb during daylight hours.

Can't do that, so I feed 'em in the early morning, and they lamb whenever they darn please, just like always...


sdg    Posted 02-17-2004 at 08:57:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have a set time for all my feeding. And belive my my aminals know it. I was late on day, cause of being under the weather, and it sounded like my barn was coming down. Horses during the winter get feed at 7,12,and 5. The others get feed 7 and 5. dogs at 8(am) and then my chores get done. Husband works alot so all most all of what gets done around here, I do. Except evening feeds, kids help with. and weekends to. But i'd better be on time or the animals let me know.


Cindi    Posted 02-17-2004 at 09:13:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
The big hogs get fed once a day, at around four thirty p.m. The lactating sows get fed twice, around nine a.m. and then again around the regular feeding time. The chickens are on the same schedule as the lactating sows. Lactating nannies also get fed twice a day. If we feed the big pigs twice a day they just get fat. Even if we feed half and half. There's always three or four big sows that run every body else out of the feed. If we give them their full amounts at one time, they tend to stay still more and not run each other around.


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