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  1. Carla D

    Could a livestock guardian be warranted?

    We are buying 16 acres for our homestead. There is mixed land on it. I can see 3-4 as hay or corn. There is a couple islands of wooded area. We can see possibly pasturing pigs and goats on as much as 4 acres. There is really nice pasture land on most of it. There is a creek that runs along one...
  2. Carla D

    Nigerian Dwarf with a curled ear

    I bought a few Nigerian Dwarfs a couple of days ago. All between 1-4 weeks of age. One of them has a curled ear. His ear didn’t start curling until he was about a week old. He’s cute as heck. But, I have to wonder if this could be the result of a deficiency or is this something that will need...
  3. Carla D

    How much longer can Stowaway withhold her kitties?

    The grand dame on our farm is pregnant and about to deliver her third litter of kittens in a twelve month period. She is huge and quite uncomfortable looking. While she’s an excellent mother and even better at rodent control we decided to confine her in our warming shack which we set up with her...
  4. Carla D

    Can a 5 week old buck be fertile at this age?

    i have 8 very young goats that were born between March 18 and March 20. Three Lamancha, one is a buck. Five Nubians, one a buck. From what I’ve been reading a buckling can get his mother pregnant at 8 weeks. My Lamancha buck has been able to expose his penis for a week now and he’s been mounting...
  5. Carla D

    What breed or mix could our boar be?

    We bought a boar of unknown breed or cross, which we assume is the case, a cross. We have people asking what breeds our young pigs are that we are selling. We know the sows are a Berkshire and Hampshire cross. But we have no clue what Spot, or boar could be. Any ideas? Could there be some...
  6. Carla D

    We’ve got some darn big pigs!.

    We have some young butcher pigs for sale at the moment. We decided to get a rough estimate on how much they weigh. Our young 4.5 month old pigs weigh between 87-120# each. At least that’s what the measuring tape says. They aren’t quite as hefty as we thought they might be. Then out of curiosity...
  7. Carla D

    Goats great adventures.

    Today I decided to bring each goat outside after I trimmed their hooves as a reward for standing like good little guys so I can trim their hooves. Well, that was the plan. But after having the first goat outside for 15-20 minutes I decided to go get another goat and give them some fresh air and...
  8. Carla D

    Thank you Devinviolet.

    i wanted to express thanks to you for everything you have done and will continue to do in regards to the passing of a really great man in Latestarter. I also want to give you a huge hug of gratitude for staying true to your word as Latestarter had asked of you. You were in an overwhelmingly...
  9. Carla D

    State of-Great Urgency!!

    This morning when we went to the farm it was a complete cluster____. We were greeted by our intermediate size pigs in a pasture two away which is up against the barn. Spot was in his old area, which he really likes. Then our four big sows were everywhere in between. The snow is so deep where...
  10. Carla D

    Poor results after surgical dehorning

    My young goats were surgically dehorned at around two months of age. Im concerned about the area around the outer edge of their horn bases. After I took the gauze off of their head after a few days I noticed the ring around the very base of their horn sites wasn’t flush with the head. To me it...
  11. Carla D

    Ginger’s and my first batch of bunnies.

    Meet Ginger. I haven’t been able to determine if she’s a Mini Lop or a Holland Lop. I adopted her shortly after the new year. She was one of the two rabbits I adopted from my niece. She believed her to be pure breed but had no papers. That’s fine by me. She’s a pet and a producer of pet rabbits...
  12. Carla D

    Pre-kindling prep

    Im expecting my very first ever litter of baby bunnies on Saturday. Being from Wisconsin we are having colder than usual temps. It only takes about an hour for the animal water dishes to start freezing over. I decided it might be too cold and drafty in our barn/shed for Ginger to have her...
  13. Carla D

    Silage for pigs?

    we have found a nice deal on silage. We were wondering if it would be a good thing to feed some or all of our pigs. We have feeders that we want to put weight on. We have young breeding stock that’s less than a year. The two gilts in this group are pregnant. Then we have pigs nearly two years...
  14. Carla D

    Turning a passion into retirement security.

    i was wondering if anyone in here has turned their passion of farming into a source of financial stability and means of self fulfillment? I have a really strong need to find a source of “stability” and personal fulfillment for my little household in the very nearby future that can last us...
  15. Carla D

    Halfy needs to gain weight post weaning

    We have a very special pig on our farm. She’s an exceptional sow, mother, gentle, and a pet. On December 30th she gave birth to 13 piglets. This is her second batch of babies. All of her babies have been born healthy, sturdy, and at a really good size. This time around she became a bit of an...
  16. Carla D

    More Doelings per season

    i came across this link on Pinterest. I can see some of the logic behind it. Especially since male producing sperm don’t live as long as female sperm does. Has anyone had any success with this method? If it’s a good tip, I wanted to share it with anyone who may find it useful...
  17. Carla D

    Goats gone goofy (humor)

    we had a decent warm up for a day after our arctic blast. Last night was a cool, crisp, refreshing night. My goats were jumping off of the walls last night. Just thought I’d share a laugh or two. They got really really crazy until I took my phone out of my pocket to record them.
  18. Carla D

    Organizational app or program wanted.

    im trying to build folder/tracking system so I can keep ALL things farm and homesteading in one spot. I need something that I can build folders and sub folders for different aspects, species, expenses, income, maintenance schedules, milk/egg/meat production, on and on. I’m hoping for something...
  19. Carla D

    Goat coat care in the spring.

    this may be a dumb question. But am I going to need to brush or trim my goats coats in the spring? They have pretty plush and really thick coats right now. Some of them even have super long hair along their backbone. Will this excessive winter coat be shed by them on their own or do I help them...
  20. Carla D

    My plans for goat house, feeding station, and goat cares

    We have three really large pallet bases that we planned on using to build our “goat sheds”. Two pallets are 9’4” x 7’. The third pallet is 6’ x 8’. I had planned on the structures having 8’ walls to simplify the building time and control costs due to less cut-off scraps. If that makes sense...
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