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« on: May 09, 2006, 12:00:01 AM »

I am working on a website (hh-farms.com) for our little "Mini-Farm". Any comments or suggestions would be appreciated...
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« Reply #1 on: May 09, 2006, 05:56:59 PM »

That is an awesome website...   Shocked
Will check it out periodically.  I like the way you have a little category for each animal.
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« Reply #2 on: May 09, 2006, 06:12:31 PM »

I love it Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: May 10, 2006, 11:22:02 PM »

Thanks all....  Its kind of silly but hey... thats half the fun...

Hint - the bees are definately becoming the favorite... but don't tell Jeremiah...
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« Reply #4 on: May 11, 2006, 07:24:17 PM »

My donky, tom, think he rules too but when it comes down to it my horse kicks his butt making him a real Jack.... Cheesy
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« Reply #5 on: June 01, 2006, 05:36:03 PM »

loved your site, Hi-Tech! Great job!
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« Reply #6 on: June 01, 2006, 08:06:30 PM »

The charges against Susie have been dropped due to a technicality. The evidence was planted by the cat, who also dug the hole to release the dog. Please plan on releasing Susie from her cell immeditally.

So when do you plan on bringing in the Alpachuas, Emus, and Goats?

It is a very nice site.

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« Reply #7 on: June 02, 2006, 12:43:50 AM »

No goats in the plan... I have a friend who's father has 200 Emus so H*** no to that...

I do not love alpachas as the commercial seems to think i should...

Bees and cows - good
everything else - baaaad
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« Reply #8 on: June 02, 2006, 04:29:03 PM »

Cows are the second dumbest animal on the farm--only the Turkey is stupider.  My experience has taught me that the 3 dumbest animals are: (Drum roll please) Sheep, Cows, and Turkeys in decending order.

Bees and Pigeons can almost always find their way home.  And I'm fast becoming very knowledgeable about the birds & the Bees but I think having 5 children did more to educate me than the Birds and the Bees did.
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« Reply #9 on: June 02, 2006, 11:26:00 PM »

Cow are dumb but they taste pretty good. We butchered a 700 lb Angus mix bull calf last winter and that is the best meat i have ever eaten!
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« Reply #10 on: June 02, 2006, 11:46:38 PM »

I once had a pet cow, my family called him Big Mac smiley   One day while at school my dad took him to auction.  He was pretty smart, at least until he broke my mother's toe by stepping on it, which was the end of him.  Sad    I now have two red angus/zebu hybrids, heifer and calf, bought them with my own $.   I have to sell the calf, anybody in FL want a cow?
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« Reply #11 on: June 02, 2006, 11:51:24 PM »

What part of Fla are you in and how much for the calf?
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« Reply #12 on: June 02, 2006, 11:55:05 PM »

Actually, cows are smarter than people think. I have a cow that learned how to open a gate (see my website below and look at the animals section. Yesterday, my donkey opened the door of the chicken coop and let all of the chickens out. Then the dogs began chasing chickens killing 3 of them. After 3 hours of chasing chickens down with a fish net, me and my wife were exhausted...

The cows just laughed and laughed....
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« Reply #13 on: June 03, 2006, 12:02:22 AM »

Central Fla, citrus county.  Probably will be ready to sell once I wean her this month.  She's not "purebred", so about $400, since a heifer will go for $800.  I'll let you know 'as events warrant'.   wink
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« Reply #14 on: June 03, 2006, 12:07:59 AM »

Thats a little too far for me to go at todays gas prices.... Calf prices are high right now though. My neighbor just sold 3 calves (400-500 lbs) for $1.25 per lb....
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« Reply #15 on: June 03, 2006, 12:14:15 AM »

$1.25 a pound, wow!  Have to look into that.  Thanx.
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« Reply #16 on: June 03, 2006, 05:35:14 AM »

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I can see you've never had to milk them for a living.  
Goats will climb up on the milking platform for you, eat your weeds and unwanted brush, and provide you with 2-3 quarts of fresh milk daily from each milking doe.  You can also run 3 goats in the same space it takes for 1 cow.  You should re-think your commitments before you're committed. LOL
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« Reply #17 on: June 03, 2006, 11:06:05 PM »

Nice try Brian but I cannot drink milk (hurts my stomach) and milking a goat is definately not something I want to add to my already super long list of things to do everyday.... Besides, what if i get up tired and accidently try to super my goats and milk the bees?
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« Reply #18 on: June 04, 2006, 10:34:56 AM »

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>>I cannot drink milk (hurts my stomach)

I have that problem too, I'm lactose intolerant besides being diabetic and a lot of other things.  Goats milk doesn't have lactose.  Give it a try.
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« Reply #19 on: June 04, 2006, 11:34:09 PM »

Can i buy it to try it without buying a goat? I will look into it. Can I get Goat milk Ice Cream! God, I miss ice cream!!!!

We had another calf today so i have been busy. Fist calf is not doing too good because moma seems to have little to no milk...

I will catch up at the forum either late tonight to tomorrow...
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« Reply #20 on: June 05, 2006, 12:34:06 AM »

New momma's (cows) can be skittish any kick the calf while it is trying to nurse.  I've had to wean a calf off of momma and onto a nippled pail or drinking from a bucket more than once.  Get some Milk replacer from your local farm supply and augment the rations.

You should be able to get goats milk in the dairy section of most grocery stores.  Ice Cream and Cheese--makes having a goat worth the slight aggrivation, but all in all I'll take a goat over a cow any day of the week. It is possible to handle 3 milk goats with less aggrivation than one milk cow.  

I use to milk cows twice a day while in High School Oh so many years ago.  Wait until you have to help the mother have the calf during a breach birth.  Clue: take off the watch before pushing the calf back in and turning it around.  Everythings much simpler with goats.  Their droppings are called smart pills--try one and find out why.
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« Reply #21 on: June 05, 2006, 12:52:45 AM »

You now have my curiosity up....

Will goats and cows co-exist?
Do they winter on hay?
Are they hard on the pasture?
Are they hard to keep fenced?
How many goats per acre?
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« Reply #22 on: June 06, 2006, 09:55:32 AM »

I have 1 1/3 acre (about 1/2 in pasture) and run three goats, 1 billy and 2 nannies and then there's the kids until butcher time.  They thrive on weeds and brush--best natural land clearing device ever created.  Except that they take goat feed instead of cow feed (They will survive on cowfeed though) you feed them pretty much the same way.  And Yes goats and cows can co-exist.  Fencing is the only downside but if you're already using woven pasture fence you're set, otherwise use 3 strands of electric fence--1 above and below the one for the cows.  If you stake the goats on a 30 foot chain you need to move them to a new location about once a week.
And old table makes a handy milking stanchion--I roll my wheelchair under it just like at the dinner table and milk the goat--You could do it standing up.
They also keep the volunteer shots from the lilac, prune, and hazel trees under control
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« Reply #23 on: June 07, 2006, 12:16:42 AM »

What kind or breed of goats do you recommend?
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« Reply #24 on: June 08, 2006, 12:31:23 AM »

Depends on what you want to use them for: Milk, meat, or dray (pulling and packing).  I prefer Nubians as they are usually easier to handle and not as noisy as others.  Saanen's are good milkers also.  I have a Nubian and a Nubian/Saanen cross both are gentle and milk well.
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« Reply #25 on: June 08, 2006, 12:37:41 AM »

One last goat question. If I decided to give goats a try, could I just get a couple of nannys or do they need a billy and then a kid before they can be milked? I hate to start with a bunch of them only to find I don't like em... wink
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« Reply #26 on: June 08, 2006, 09:07:28 PM »

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One last goat question. If I decided to give goats a try, could I just get a couple of nannys or do they need a billy and then a kid before they can be milked? I hate to start with a bunch of them only to find I don't like em...


I belive they have to become pregnant to get the milk flowing but not 100% sure.
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« Reply #27 on: June 08, 2006, 10:28:01 PM »

The answer is basic biology.  
No female animal (including humans) naturally gives milk without becoming pregnant and giving birth first.  True with cows, true with goats, etc.  It's not necessary to have a billy if you can get one on loan for stud service.  My younger brother and I both have nanies and share the billy.  Keeps him happy.  
Doe goats come in heat about every 2-3 weeks until bred.  then will start  coming in heat again within 2-3 months of giving birth or once the kid is weaned--and yes you can milk it while it is still nursing the kid, just leave half for it.  Milk for 10 months, stop until after the kid is born, and them begin milking again.  They are being milked at the time they'tr bred and until a month or 2 before giving birth.  2 Nannies can keep a family of 4 in milk, cheese, and ice cream pretty well and are a lot less trying than cows.  A billy can preform almost as well as a donkey when it comes to pulling (pull a grown man in a cart) but can only pack about 75 lbs on its back.
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« Reply #28 on: June 09, 2006, 09:16:21 AM »

I have had Nubians and Nigerian Dwarves.  Both are good milk producers.  Nubians are more common, but the Nigerians are more of a pet quality, if you're not going to eat them.  The Nigerians are smaller, and give slightly less milk though.
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