Showing livestock is a lot of work but very rewarding in many ways. We are a show pig family and we work hard to be successful. It is always a learning process, but we love it!
This is a summary of how I plan to introduce and acclimate my new house pig to the house and to other pets in the house. Hopefully, this will provide some insight for those who have or are considering a house pig.
In this article, I give you the reasons why goats may or may not make good pets. Learn more about them by reading my own experience.
"How much hay do I need for the winter?" In this article, I'll discuss how I calculate how much hay to buy each winter without buying too much or too little.
Taking care of lambs that have been rejected by their moms is a time-consuming job. Here are some signs of maternal rejection to look out for and detailed directions to bottle-feeding lambs.
The basic considerations for building a pigpen start with knowing what it's going to be used for, the size of the breed you plan to raise, and the number and age of animals it's intended for. Here are tips for how to build a pigpen that is sturdy and well-suited for the specific animals that will be housed within.
Meat goats are very easy to care for. They can be raised with little supplemental grain and minimal shelter. Their small size, adaptability to drastic environmental conditions, huge productivity and excellent fertility make them ideal for anyone looking to raise farm animals.
Perfect pet goat names, how do you find them? What makes a good name? There is nothing wrong with being creative when naming your pet goat. There are too many Buckys and Nannys out there!
Goats are pretty easy to keep. Find out how much space and food they need and how to provide basic care for these friendly and curious animals.
I was given two miniature pigs, strangers to each other until they met on my small farm. Now Mr Pig has given up his bachelor flat and moved into the honeymoon suite with the lovely Peppa.
The Drenthe Heath Sheep (Dutch: Drents Heideschaap) is the oldest sheep breed of the Netherlands. Both ewes and rams wear horns. I've raised these sheep for over 30 years now and they're beautiful.
Crucial information that could save the life of a lamb that is cold, chilled, or has hypothermia. Hypoglycemia and starvation are addressed as well.
Goats are friendly, brush-eating critters that also make good pets on a small farm, ranch, or homestead. They eat weeds, grass, small brush, and unwanted plants. They also play tricks and are funny!
Learning how to build a pigpen that's right for you starts with learning the type of hog pen you need. Here are the basic types of pigpens, as well as considerations for humane livestock handling.
Don't have much space for a large farm with large farm animals? Well, I have gathered information on many species of livestock that are 'smaller' than your average breed, or they are just small in general.
Basically, three types of chickens exist: the egg layers, the meat birds, and the dual-purpose birds. The dual-purpose birds are the best for raising in the backyard.
Donkeys can provide human friends with important life lessons on the value of hard work, maintaining a sense of humor, and how to treat others. He-Haw! Let the off-color jokes begin.
I have raised my fair share of bottle-fed baby goats. I own goats as personal pets and as members of our petting zoo. I want my goats to be as friendly and people-oriented as possible. There are definitely pros and cons to raising a baby goat on a bottle. Here are my thoughts.
Ever wonder what it is like to raise chickens but think that it would be too hard? Read on to see how easy it is to start your brood from an incubator.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have a pet pig? This is the story of our family's adoption of a pig we call Wilbur.
There are around 570 goat breeds in the world, but only 69 of those are truly identified as "dairy breeds". Some of the best goats for milk include Saanen, Nubian, Alpine, Toggenburg, Sable and Nordic.
So you want a potbellied pig as a pet. Before you sign on the dotted line, make sure you know what you're getting yourself into.
Donkeys can and do make amiable pets. These hardy critters are independent, amusing and inquisitive. If the idea of cherishing one of your own is appealing but you don't know where to start, then this article is for you.
Looking for a little more self-sufficiency? This article will tell you what you need to know about producing your own chicken and pork.