Saturday, July 25, 2015
Monday, July 13, 2015
My filly, Fenella de Festina Lente was born in early May. She is the first foal I have ever been able to handle and train, so I wanted to be prepared. As the time was drawing near when Fannie was due to foal, I began researching various training methods, trying to come up with a plan for training the foal right from birth. I knew that I wanted to begin its education as early as possible and not wait until it had formed bad habits, or developed a fear of humans. Very quickly I decided that I wanted to imprint it, if possible. What I read about imprinting just made sense to me. After all, it is reasonable that what an animal is exposed to on a regular basis from the moment of birth should seem normal to it in later life. I did not want to be too extreme with my imprinting; rubbing the baby with noisy clippers and plastic bags just seemed like a little much, and I didn't want to stress Fannie too much. So when Fenella was born, I simply rubbed her all over, handled her feet, ears and mouth, tried on a foal halter, and talked to her gently. My theory was that I would build trust, and introduce her to the clippers, plastic bags, etc, later, rather than desensitize her to them at birth.
Monday, May 11, 2015
|Jesse El Rubio|
|Acuarela de Benji|
Saturday, May 2nd, was an unusually busy day for us on our small farm. There was a lot of work to be caught up on outside; from dosing a sick cow who was off her feed, to fixing a small pen in the front pasture. I let Fannie out into the yard as usual to graze, after she ate her usual portion of Gestolac feed, with a special herbal tea added to it. As I checked her bag, I thought she couldn't possibly be far from delivering her foal. After all, she was bred to Jesse el Rubio, son of El Chino de el Batey, on May 4th, 2014, and now it was May 2nd, 2015. According to my research, horses have a gestation length of 316-360 days, so she was a bit over due. Her udder had distended to nearly twice it's usual size now; surely she must be close.
Fenella de Festina Lente was born Saturday, May 2nd, 2015. My 16 year old sister, Savana, took these pictures for me on May 4th.
Fannie grazing peacefully in the yard, with Fenella sleeping under her watchful eye.
Friday, May 8, 2015
I recently purchased my neighbor's herd of 10 Kiko, Boer, and Boer/ Kiko goats. I also have Honeysuckle and Mabel's twin doelings for sale.
Chester: 3 year-old proven Boer buck. Weighs approx. 300 lbs, produces great kids.
Friday, May 1, 2015
I had a surprise this morning: Mabel delivered two beautiful doelings last night!
They are strong, healthy, and have lovely udders and markings.
D.O.B: May 1st, 2015
Sire: Boer buck (pictured below
Dam: Mabel (pictured below)
CAE free by parentage.
We will be holding one of the doelings with a deposit until mid July; the other is for sale now as a bottle baby.
Bottle doeling: $175
Weaned doeling: $225
If you are interested in purchasing either doeling, please contact me via email@example.com
or call/ text 352-745-3576
Thursday, April 30, 2015
I am certainly not an expert when it comes to hoof trimming, but I have learned how to do a basic trim, and my goats don't have foot problems. Here is a video tutorial of how I do it.
Remember, when you are trimming their feet, pay attention to their condition. Foot rot can be a problem if your goats are copper deficient. If you have foot rot, this recipe cures it in one or two treatments.
1/4 lb. copper sulphate,
4 cups water
1/4 cup vinegar.
Dissolve copper in the vinegar and water, and soak affected foot for 10 minutes once per day until the foot rot is gone. (For a more extensive article, please visit: Natural cure (and prevention) of foot rot in goats, sheep and cows
Here is the video:
The goat in the video is Honeysuckle, the daughter of Mabel. (She is currently for sale.)
I hope it is helpful!
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Sometimes it is tempting to only blog about the good things happening on our farm, but the fact is, that we have problems too. I have just been reminded that I don't know nearly as much about raising goats as I sometimes think I do. I am currently dealing with my first (and hopefully only) case of staph mastitis.
Shortly after I bought Mabel, she developed a knot in one teat that soon made milking impossible, and that side dried up. Twice when she has kidded the vet has opened the teat surgically. It would stay open for a week or two, then gradually close again as that half of her udder dried up.
I thought this was scar tissue from an injury received at her former home, as did our vet, but last month I noticed that side of her udder swelling suspiciously. When I felt it, I knew something was drastically wrong. It was hard, with round lumps- not at all normal. It was not hot, so I hoped it wasn't mastitis, but some research and talking to a very knowledgeable dairying friend soon brought me to the reluctant conclusion that she has staph.
|Close up of the affected side of Mabel's udder. You can see the round lumps clearly.|
Needless to say, I was pretty discouraged about the whole matter, knowing that staph is very difficult to clear up. Researching natural remedies led me to dosing her twice daily with a tumeric tonic to help cure staph,* and a heaped teaspoon each of vitamin C and dolomite.
*My tonic does not include coconut oil since we are currently out. I will be adding it when we get some more.
The swelling decreased significantly after I started giving her the tonic, then she swelled up some more, and now it's decreasing again.
In the meantime, she doesn't seem to be in any pain or discomfort, and is just her usual self. I am thankful that the infection is confined to one side, and that with good hygiene, there is little danger of it spreading to any of the other animals.
One other good thing that has come from this problem, is that our pre-milking washing has changed. We now wash the whole udder with warm water, with a few drops of iodine in it, then dip each teat in straight iodine. After letting it sit for a few moments, we put on the lotion, discard the first squirts of milk, and proceed as usual.
I don't know if these remedies will work or not. I'm not sure what will eventually happen with this situation, but I do know that God is in control even over the comparatively small things, like a sick goat, and that this will be a learning experience, even if she is not cured.
Saturday, April 18, 2015
Due to upcoming changes on our little farm, I will no longer be raising goats. I have been looking forward to breeding and milking Honeysuckle, but it just isn't going to work out for us.
Honeysuckle is a Boer/ Nubian dual-purpose doeling. She is very friendly, healthy, and has good conformation. She has been raised with children all her life, and is good with them. Her udder already looks very nice, and I think she will be a fair milker, with the rich Nubian milk, and yet producing hefty, fast growing kids when bred to a meat buck.
Thursday, April 16, 2015
For four and a half years, Chicken Scraps Blog has been the website for our small family farm. Now the time has come for us to have a more official website.
Check it out here: Feldman Family Farm