Animals

Healthy Sheep Feet

Ram Having His Feet Trimmed

Elliot, my Border Cheviot ram has pretty good feet. His feet haven’t been looked at in over a year and really don’t need too much trimming. I live in a very wet climate and often have wet pastures. Over the years I’ve noticed over that sheep with black hooves tend to do better on wet…

Black Badger Face Border Cheviot Lamb

Badger Face Border Cheviot ewe lamb

Spring has finally arrived here in western Pennsylvania! Daffodils are beginning to bloom and lambing season is finished. For the most part this year’s lambing season went smoothly. But there was one big surprise. An unusual Badger Face ewe lamb was born about 10 days ago. The ewe lamb is a twin out of two…

How To Pick The Best Day For Hatching Eggs

Newly Hatched Buff Orpington Chick

I’m a great believer in agricultural traditions and folk wisdom. That’s because much of what I learned about homesteading was passed onto me by the two generations of garden farmers that came before me. Heeding their advice enabled much success and fewer homesteading failures. One bit of advice that was given to me by those…

Keeping Animals Warm in Cold Temperatures

A Cold Winter Day

* Today I’m delighted to introduce readers to Dr. Risa Hanninen. Dr. Hanninen is a 2013 graduate from Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. In January of 2014, Dr. Hanninen purchased a mobile veterinary practice in northwest Pennsylvania, and returned to her home region to help fill the need for a mobile veterinarian for small…

The Sacred Bird of January

Young Speckled Sussex Rooster

Did you know that the month of January, and the first day of every month during the year is associated with roosters? Well it’s true and I’ll tell you why. January is named for the ancient Etruscan god Janus. Janus/Jana was an androgynous, mythical creator sun-god and was considered to be the keeper of the…

Cornish X Rock Meat Chickens

Cornish X Rock Meat Chicken

This year’s Cornish X Rock meat chickens have grown very well. So far there have been no losses and all chickens seem healthy and happy. Butchering day will be sometime in the middle of the month.

Cattle Cooling Tank

Holly Standing In Water Tank

The 50 gallon water tank in the heifer pasture never stays clean. That’s because Holly insists on standing in it. She’s positively incorrigible. No sooner is the water tank sprayed out, cleaned and refilled – then she immediately hops back in. Black cattle and cattle with a greater muscle mass seem to be more sensitive…