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    What Do You Look For In A Farm Sitter

    What is your opinion and experience on farm sitting? I’ve been thinking about farm sitting some. I’ve done it for friends and neighbors, but not for strangers before. What do you look for in a farm sitter and how much do you pay? What is the going rate, I was thinking by species and how many or...
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    Sick goat, and how I’m treating him

    So, I have a sick goat and wanted to record what I’m doing for him. In all honesty I don’t expect him to make it. But I want to document what I’m doing to see if anyone has suggestions or maybe it can help someone. To start, my goat is a mixed breed. I suspect he has boer, the people we got him...
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    Moving checklist.

    Well y’all, I’ve seen so many people moving I wanted to jump in the boat. Actually not exactly. My family has been thinking of moving for a while so some of my family members could breath better. Which means there is a ton of stuff to consider and work out and straighten. Maybe not for years...
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    Hoof abscess?

    I noticed my goat limping yesterday and didn’t think much of it, I assumed someone pushed her away from food or something, I couldn’t feel swelling or pain on her leg. Today she’s limping worse, I checked her hoof. She doesn’t want to put weight on it and is trying to keep it up in the air. I’m...
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    Giant angora mix?

    So, does anyone know what would happen if you mixed an angora with a Flemish giant? Flemish tend to have corse hair compared to other rabbits, at least mine did, but what would happen if you crossed them? Would you get a giant with usable fiber or unusable fiber you’d have to shear? Has anyone...
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    Social Sunburn experiment.

    I have a hypothesis. If you take supplemental vitamin D you are less likely to get a sunburn. Here’s my thinking: a sunburn is actually your body killing off cancer cells before they become a big deal. It’s been shown if you have a consistently high level of vitamin D in your system you...
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    Messybun’s fence problems.

    Hello everybody. How do you repair welded wire? I believe that’s what this is. I’m no fencing expert. I’ve been told to just reweld it, but I don’t have a welder and can’t really afford one. Is there any other way to fix this? This fence has been up for a few years now, but with the goats...
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    How do you feed in the desert?

    To all the desert farmers, how do you do it? I’ve lived in central TX before, and there were cattle ranches everywhere, but how on earth do you do it? There is so little vegetation, almost no water for the animals and very little shade. How do you survive it?
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    How do you deal with rustling?

    Alright y’all, I’m angry. In the past month I have seen several people with stolen cattle. At least five individual offenses, one was caught. The one that was caught was also going around shooting horses and foals and some goats. One particular rustling was of 15 belted galloways, the man is...
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    Slaughter houses are making a killing.

    I don’t know if y’all have experienced the same or similar, but I am constantly seeing people begging for slaughter houses. Most are booked out until 2022 already! How are you doing with the lack, and how are you taking advantage of it?
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    Disaster checks

    I’d like to create a thread to check in with people dealing with disasters and share information about natural disasters. If you have ideas, or things that worked in the past, even products, please mention them. I know preparing with animals is completely different than without them. For me...
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    Messybun’s Small starts big dreams

    Wow, I just surprised myself with that title, it sounds epic. This journal probably isn’t going to be. Right now there are goats, chickens, ducks, geese, a rabbit, and two dogs. I know I’m missing some things in here, but the important part is they aren’t forgotten at feeding time. Why am I...
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    Goat eye problem.

    I noticed one of my goats was squinting tonight, and he was really touchy about his left eye. I suspect it is an injury, but what concerned me is after I put the eye drops in he had whitish tears come rolling down his face every so often. But the eye drops are clear, and I don’t think I got as...
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    Where did you learn to be a farmer?

    Okay, this might seem strange to some of you, but where did you learn farmee stuff? I know for many farming is the way it has always been, so you learned from your family. Where did the rest of you learn?
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    I am looking into sheep and have questions.

    Hello all, as the title suggests I am thinking about getting some sheep. I have goats already but I have heard sheep can be trickier. My goats are mostly pygmies, with one big whether(200 lb "pygmy cross") lol. Can sheep and goats get along, or will the sheep bully my goats? I know that sheep...
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    Can you give Benadryl and vaccines?

    I need to vaccinate my heard of goats and I’m really worried about anaphylaxis. We do not have a livestock vet ANYWHERE nearby and our local vets can’t even work with us because none of our goats are a patient so there’s no way to prescribe epi. Sooo... that brings me to my question, can I give...
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    Goat going downhill fast no clue why.

    Update: My sweet girl unfortunately passed this morning and it looks like it was tetanus. I have a Pygmy goat that was looking a little off yesterday but I assumed it was the heat. This morning she was laying down a lot, and has just been getting worse. Her back legs seem a bit stiff and her...
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    Lactating after spider bite.

    Hey all, I’m not 100% sure this is the right forum, but it seemed close. A few weeks ago one of my goats was bit by a spider on the end of her teat. That side has necrotized but the other is now lactating. The fluid tests negative on mastitis test strips, but it’s really thin and full of...
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    What’s a good garden forum?

    I have fruit trees dying and don’t know why. Does anyone know of a good garden forum I could get on?
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    How to mark goats.

    We have a herd of pet goats and I need to know how to tag them for hurricane season in case things get really bad. Ear tags are a no go, collars are too dangerous,I really don’t want to have to tattoo anyone and Microchips are really not possible. So, with this quandary, does anyone have ideas...
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