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  1. Coolbreeze89

    LGDs in subzero temps?

    Forgive this nervous Texan, but we have sub-zero temps forecast in a few days. I have three pyr/Anatolian crosses. I’ve never worried about them in any weather, but we’ve never been below teens. One has classic pyr fur, the other two have long fur but not quite as thick. All have been fine down...
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    Babies!

    My first lamb babies! Mama was looking big with a nice udder for the last couple weeks. I checked on her this morning - doing her thing, eating her breakfast. I checked two hours later: 2 babies on the ground, almost dry, nursing and walking around! So proud of mama. These babies seem so much...
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    How to kill everything and start over?

    I’m in central Texas. I have about 3 acres around my house that is a mess of burrs, some Bermuda grass, and a little clover. Hubby mows down to 2” to try to keep everything suppressed, but the burrs seems to grow back the fastest. The burrs have been taking over and are getting so severe that...
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    When to let sheep eat planted oats?

    Newbie question: on a whim, I picked up a bag of Plotspike Oats and scattered the seed in my former chicken run (still enclosed so my goat/sheep/kune kune herd can’t get to it and WELL-FERTILIZED!). It is growing nicely and already about 3” tall. At what point do I let them in to eat it? I’ve...
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    Taking in a 3wk old bottle ram

    I have 3 barbado ewes, now 4.5 months old and former bottle babies. I’ll be taking in a 3 week old dorper/Katahdin ram ... because I’m a sucker for baby animals! While I used powdered formula without issue with the ewes, he’s been on a milk/buttermilk mix that I’ll continue. Couple questions...
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    Coughing pig

    I have an 18month old Kunekune sow who was healthy as can be til yesterday: developed sudden, harsh bouts of dry cough. Reminded me of when I get some dust in the throat when shredding a field. Just harsh and dry cough. She was acting fine, eating, no fever. Several hours later she was still...
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    “Sheep and goat” feed with 11-13ppm copper?

    Since I have expanded into the world of sheep as well as goats, I’m researching a feed for both. I copper-bolus my goats anyway, so I’ll just likely do that more often, depending on condition. Everyone will have access to all-stock mineral, salt block, and cobalt block. I give replamin-plus at...
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    Pulling baby to bottle?

    I have an 18hr doeling (one of twins to FF). Mom has milk and is attentive, but I haven’t seen this baby express much interest in nursing. Weighed 3#4oz a few hours after birth. I’ve syringe fed a few ounces of colostrum (little bits at a time. She doesn’t seem hungry!). I’ve tried to put her...
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    Best mower for ROUGH terrain?

    Hello everyone! We have about 4 acres around our house (not our pastures) that my husband diligently mows to keep the bugs down and the living pleasant. He has been using a 60” zero-turn gravely mower for 8 years which has held up fairly well. Unfortunately, it has been getting more and more...
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    Management of bucklings

    I have 8 ND kids that are all ~2weeks old (4 bucklings/4 doelings). A couple of the bucklings are getting quite rowdy, mounting the doelings and generally causing some havoc. I plan to wether them all. I’d like to let the moms nurse and wean them all at 4 months-ish (I don’t milk the goats and...
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    Bottle fee lambs not wanting to wean

    I’ve read previous posts about weaning, so here was my plan: My 5 week old barbado ewe triplets love their bottles! They were taking about 30oz per day (12, 6, 12 - they just ate less at lunch. Go figure). So, a few days ago I dropped the midday bottle. They drink water from the bowl, I’ve seen...
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    Prolapse after delivery?

    My doe has, I think, a small prolapse (see pic) from delivering about 18 hours ago. At first I thought it was just swelling as she had a difficult delivery and I had to go in to help (breech first baby followed by twin presenting with legs back). She did not tear and is not actively bleeding...
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    My first goat labor!

    I believe my first goat is in labor! She has the proverbial string of amber mucus hanging from her backside! Woohoo! Her sides feel softer to me as well. I don’t feel ligaments and can squeeze around the base of her tail. Of course I see her lying on the ground, legs outstretched at midnight...
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    Please help - sick lamb (x-post from sheep)

    I have three, 26-day-old Barbado ewe bottle babies (triplets). They have been doing GREAT! Taking bottles (3-5 oz) 4-5 times a day (they tell me when they’re full - i don’t press them, and I’m ok with more “grazing on the bottle” throughout the day whenever I go out to them). They have access...
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    Please help - sick lamb

    I have three, 26-day-old Barbado ewe bottle babies (triplets). They have been doing GREAT! Taking bottles (3-5 oz) 4-5 times a day (they tell me when they’re full - i don’t press them, and I’m ok with more “grazing on the bottle” throughout the day whenever I go out to them). They have access...
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    Probiotics at weaning?

    Does anyone give lambs (especially bottle-babies) probiotics around weaning? I feel like my goats have done better with “Goats Prefer Probiotic Powder” at weaning or when sick (not used for “everyday” use). My little ewes are starting to nibble hay and pellets, and wondered if this would...
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    Lamb Bottle feeding advice

    I have (3) 14-day old barbado ewes. They were taking 3-4oz about every 4 hours during the day the first couple days I had them. Today, they all dropped to about 2 oz at a time, but they want to eat more often. They’re active and playful with frequent urination and good stools. They have...
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    New bottle babies

    I’m finally joining the sheep club! After following @Baymule and others’ sheep adventures, I just added sheep to my hobby farm menagerie. These three beauties are 11day old Barbado ewe triplets (not Texas barbado - no horns on parents). They got colostrum but mom otherwise rejected them. Doing...
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    Bragging about my LGD! Very good boy!

    I just have to share: my 3yr old GP/AS boy “seemed” asleep, but suddenly sprang up and jumped in the air, blocking a black vulture from grabbing one of my chickens (three vultures were flying overhead - one made an attempt). He subsequently followed the birds for another 150 feet or so, barking...
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    Breeding Kunekunes

    I recently purchased two kunekune boar piglets. They are feeding and growing well, and are about 4 months old now. My sows (all over 1yr of age) are kept separate, but when they are in heat, they go “checkout” the boars‘s area, and will lie down next to their pen. Occasionally, I’ll see some...
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