When you have an animal, there’s a few things you want to know about it. What kind of animal is it? How old is it? And…what is its sex? Some people can only have or only want hens. When it comes to ADULT ducks, there’s a few ways to try to identify the sex by eyes and ears. Continue reading to figure out who’s who in the gender game.
There are lots of matters to consider before you buy an animal as a pet. I don’t just mean a horse or a goat. I mean chickens, rabbits, sheep…I mean ANY animal at all. I constantly hear about how “it just didn’t work out” and “I don’t know what I’m doing”. Sometimes, I applaud individuals for selling an animal that they can’t control or keep to a more appropriate home. It’s better to be safe (for you and/or the animal) than to be sorry. Other times, I have to wonder “well, why did you get the critter in the first place?” In today’s post, I’m going to give you some things to think about before you buy an animal.
Luzia Minera. Off the track Thoroughbred mare. Gear Granddaughter to Secretariat and daughter of Aljabr. Formerly an underweight, poorly taken care of mare. Exchanged between over 6 previous owners. Luzia Minera. Finally settling in.
Bottle feeding your goat kidd can be difficult and expensive. There are many commercial powder goat milk replacers, but my experience with those have almost always ended with scours and unhealthy kidds. A little while ago, one of my Navajo Angora does had twins. She kept the doeling, but had rejected the buckling in the most violent manner I had ever seen. Any other kidds that had been rejected were simply ignored by the mother. Instead, the Navajo Angora mother began to headbutt the rejected buckling and would not let him anywhere near her or her doeling. It was obvious that we would be bottle feeding a goat for the next few months.
You have a rooster. His name is George. He was a cute little guy. You have pictures of him on your computer. On your office wall. On your coffee mug. George. Oh, you beautiful Red Shoulder Cuckoo Marans Orpington. How you love him.
(“The Pop Art Chicken” by Chicken-Design.deviantart.com)
One day George says “NO LONGER”! He is tired of watching you chase his hens so that you can get another cool Facebook photo. Continue reading