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    Are your black sheep black?

    Having a discussion on a FB page with Katahdin owners about black sheep having brown wool. This topic has interested me since an incident I had with my black sheep this summer wherein the wool went from black to brown on her back...but when a situation was corrected, it went back to black...
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    Poll on lambing, kidding, calving, foaling, hatching, kindling.

    I've always wondered this and why folks choose certain times of year to have babies on the farm. It helps if you describe the weather conditions you experience at that time of year.
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    Bud boxes for moving sheep into chutes and low stress handling tips.

    Have been doing research on how to structure my sorting pens I'll be building in the spring and came upon videos on the bud box idea. After watching how easily livestock were moved through pens and into a loading chute, I'm going to incorporate that style of pen into my design. Was wondering...
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    Katahdin body styles...

    I was reading an interesting article awhile back about two types of body styles noticed in the Katahdin breed: https://ewewin.wordpress.com/2010/01/25/two-distinct-body-styles-in-katahdin-sheep/ My last Katahdin had the type A body and hair, but this pair I have now are a little mixed up and...
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    Culling to make the herd suit your management and pasture.

    Wonderful view on husbandry and one that I share: https://tannachtonfarm.com/2018/02/25/greg-judy-on-toxic-fescue-part-3/ Greg Judy on parasite resistant sheep, not deworming livestock, graining sheep vs. grass fed sheep, etc. His portion of the vid is a little ways into it. What kinds...
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    Holistic pasture management/farming.....

    ....anyone doing it? Through the Lord's leading, I had started some of these methods over the years and even here recently (found, by God's design, how much seed and fertilizer there is in mulch hay and started scavenging for it to spread on this nutrient poor soil)without having knowledge...
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    Deep litter for sheep...

    ....anyone doing it? Now, by deep litter I'm referring to a composting type of litter, not merely deep bedding that gets cleaned out in the spring and piled up to compost. I know a lot of folks use deep bedding in the barns for wintering livestock and that's not exactly what I'm wanting to...
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    Feelin' a bit sheepish...

    ...and loving it! Getting back into sheep in a small way and need a place to journal about it all. Starting again with Katahdins, my fave breed, and will keep a very small herd of one full time ram, a wether and a few ewes until I see what my pasture can support. Won't have the wether until...
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    Watering nipples...anyone have them for sheep?

    I got the basic Lixit nipple for the sheep but can't seem to train them in its use...smeared it with peanut butter and that disappeared but they still aren't drinking from that source, though they didn't have any other source. Drank like crazy after being penned in with the nipple as the only...
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    Parasite resistance vs. parasite tolerance

    The other day I had read a conversation on here or another forum about breeding/culling for parasite resistance in hair breeds and I can't remember where I was reading it, so figured I'd open the discussion here. I've been studying up on what folks are trying to accomplish in these hair...
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    Herd Humor

    Saw this on TEG and had to share it here....I grin every time I see it! Share your herd humor!!!
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    A place to discuss natural treatment of parasites

    I saw this forum doesn't have many posts on it and not much activity, which saddens me. I'm a big fan of using natural means to maintain health when at all possible, especially for animals. Lately I've been exploring the same methods for my dogs, though I've used natural methods on them down...
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    The Education of Ben

    *******Warning: Thread may contain graphic pics of blood, innards, dead animals, etc., as we live on and work a homestead, on which this pup's job is integral. If this offends you, you might want to leave the thread now. ****** Thought I'd move my training of our 2.5 mo. old LGD pup over to a...
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    A more natural way to incubate chicks...an experiment in natural nest incubation.

    I've started an experiment on simulating a broody hatch over on BYC and wondered if anyone here had ever done anything like this: http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/854946/simulated-natural-nest-incubation-experiment-1-so-it-begins
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    Backyard Chicken Butchering Workshop in WV

    Backyard Homestead Chicken Processing Workshop June 2nd , 8a - 10a , 30 min. from Parkersburg, past WVU-P on Rt. 47. For those who would like to learn how to kill, pluck and process a chicken in a humane and efficient manner. Youll receive a live chicken to dispatch, pluck, and process...
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    Apple Cider Vinegar in the treatment and prevention of COCCIDIOSIS.

    Here is a link about making vinegar and it has many interesting facts but the most significant for the subject on this post is on page 34 where it lists the many beneficial bacteria located in natural(not heat processed) vinegar~too many to list here...
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    Bee's trying to lose a whole person thread....

    I don't know that this journal will inspire anyone at all, but Redtailgal wanted me to put it down in words, so here it goes. I have been gaining weight steadily since getting married and then having children...back in 1986. I'm a stress eater and my life has been one stressor after another...
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    How many are currently raising hair breeds of sheep?

    Just trying to gather some information, if I could: How many are utilizing these breeds? Why did you choose them? What are you using them for(lawn mowers, meat production, etc)? How long have you been raising them? What are your results(as compared to maybe other types you've raised)...
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    Temporary run-in/shelter?

    Here are a few pics I took of a temporary run-in I constructed for the sheeples for the winter. I already had the cattle panels, T posts and cargo netting but just bought a few tarps, zipties and nylon rope. The whole thing is held together with zipties and the nylon rope is merely to keep...
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    Is she pregnant or is she just needing Jenny Craig?

    Black Betty is tremendously and tightly fat, should have been bred in April/May/middle of June, before the ram left for home. She bagged a little but not much, dropped about a week ago, but no more. No softening of the tail head can be found and I can milk clear fluid from each teat easily...
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