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  1. Ridgetop

    Senile Texas Aggie - comic relief for the rest of you

    With this quarantine it was nice you had a way to fill the empty hours! :lol:
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    Dutchies are clueless - pregnant bunny or not?

    She is probably still pregnancy. A false pregnancy can continue the entire time a real one would. Since your doe is not due for another couple days, don't worry about it. If she is pregnant she will kindle in her nest. If it is a false pregnancy she will build her nest. The end of a false...
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    Coronavirus Covid-19 Is it Affecting You and How?

    I have heard that the malaria drug combined with Z-packs will cure the virus. Also, the percentage of deaths is probably not as high as is being reported in the press. Right now it is around 1% of total cases in the USA with very few people actually tested. Hopefully as the number of people...
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    Vaccinate for Abscesses or not?

    I have never had a vaccination site abscess. Occasionally a kid would develop a site lump that gradually disappeared. After a market animal seminar years ago I switched from rear leg vacs since they sometime contribute to abscesses and waste in the meat. Wanting to avoid that in our animals...
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    LGD puppy - does she need a friend?

    LGDs are worth all rhe work! When she hits 14-18 months, she may have regression to playing with her 'buddies". this is the age when people start to think their dogs are not any good. You just have to work with her and if you notice that you have chickens missing, go back to the earlier...
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    Calf wants to play with me

    I agree with you. Too many people have a Disney attitude about farm animals. They are livestock and we need to remember that when raising them and teaching them manners. People that have never been up close to livestock don't realize how powerful and dangerous they can be. Training both your...
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    Calf wants to play with me

    Great news. Keep on with the training. What are your plans for this calf?
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    When to give up on a runt?

    Don't worry about him catching up to his brothers and sisters in size. As long as he is eating and gaining at his own rate, he is fine Some runts always stay small. Others catch up and grow to be normal size. I wouldn't use him for breeding unless this is a dwarf breed and you are trying to...
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    Calf wants to play with me

    You absolutely need to teach your calf manners NOW. Even in a couple months she can hurt you by playing. The first step in teaching her manners is to halter break her. You need to buy a properly fitting "newborn' size leAther calf halter. The halter you have is probably too big. The halters...
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    High Desert Cowboy- Life on the old California Trail

    By the way - cheap is good. These days we can afford to have people do stuff for us, but it never occurs to us to go that route. First, when you do it yourself, you do it the way you want. Second if you decide halfway through that it would be better to change your plan, there is no "plan...
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    Ridgetop - our place and how we muddle along

    Yes, when we moved here I was afraid my littlest ones, ages 2 and 4, would tumble off the side of the hill! I actually wanted DH to put a fence around the flat space of the property. That would only have been about 600 sf! 30' x 100' of driveway and about 30' x 100' space that is now out...
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    Coronavirus Covid-19 Is it Affecting You and How?

    Heard yesterday that the stores are restocking and things are staying on the shelves. I guess the people that bought up all the toilet paper, hand sanitizer, and canned goods have either run out of money, or space to store all their groceries! Just called my butcher and he said they were...
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    High Desert Cowboy- Life on the old California Trail

    Do not discount your "pointless" talents! You never know what might come in handy in life. Having accumulated many, many "pointless" talents, I cannot tell you the number of times I have ended up using them! If Coronavirus destroys life as we know it , consider that you own a set of wicked...
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    Vaccinate for Abscesses or not?

    You are right about getting definitive testing to make sure if these abscesses are actually caused by CL. I will have the vet draw blood when he comes out in a week or two. I think Babsbag posted an email address for a CL testing site at http://www.cahfs.ucdavis.edu/submissionforms/index.cfm...
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    Fat kid!?

    Exactly how old is she? You don't really have to wean until 3 months. We did dairy does so ours were bottle fed until 3 months. By then they were on hay. We don't feed grain to the babies unless fattening them for meat. What breed is she? She probably just looks fat after she eats. That...
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    Dutchies are clueless - pregnant bunny or not?

    Since the maximum weight for Holland Lops is 4 lbs. or 1800 grams, the bunny you were sold as being 8 weeks old was much older. Of course, you have realized that by now. Since sometimes you just see a bundle of fluffy hair in the nest, to check to see if the doe has had her litter, you can...
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    Ridgetop - our place and how we muddle along

    So for those who have just tuned in - and those restricted to their home by this virus quarantine who need cheering up ;)- I am starting from the day our new Dorsets came home in 2010. As most of you know, we had already had several small flocks of breeding sheep when the sheep were in 4-H...
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    Dutchies are clueless - pregnant bunny or not?

    Definitely sounds pregnant to me. Pulling more fur and trying again to make a nest. Put a nest box in her cage. Do you have a nest box? Preferable made of wood or metal due to her chewing up a cardboard box. For that size doe and litter the box should be minimum 18 cm by 24 cm...
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    Vaccinate for Abscesses or not?

    When we had dairy goats and Boers, an abscess was cause for a panic attack and instant removal from the herd. Then the goat was sent immediately to the local auction. However, with woolly sheep needing shearing we started to see abscesses from shearing nicks and stickers that worked into the...
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