Caring for Animals During Winter

During winter, I get asked frequently about when animals need to be brought inside and what kind of care they need to handle the cold weather. Obviously the answer to those questions depends on the animal, but there are a few rules of thumb you can follow to ensure your animals are comfy even on the coldest days. And as I type those to semi-professional sounding sentences, all I can think of is how I left my dogs outside one morning, in the cold, for longer than usual and the chaos that followed that choice. They both started barking and howling and I was currently dealing with two screaming children and feeling overwhelmed so I did what any saint of a mother would do: I screamed too. 

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How to Band a Bull Calf

Today’s Farm Tip Friday is coming to you on Saturday…because sometimes that’s just how things go. But it’s a good one! I’m going to tell you all about how to band a bull calf. If you come here mostly for the recipes and don’t know what I’m talking about, banding a bull calf is a way to castrate them, which makes them a steer instead of a bull. Steers = fixed male cattle, Bulls = in-tact male cattle. Castrating our bull calf was necessary for a few reasons, the number one reason being we raise our steers for meat and castrated male animals grow better than in-tact male animals. The other main reason is safety. Bulls are very dangerous to be around and we don’t have the capability or desire to deal with that on our small farm. There are more reasons, but those two are the most important to us.

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How to Bottle Feed a Calf

It’s Farm Tip Friday! I mostly post recipes and cooking tips, but we also live on a hobby farm and I love sharing what we do and how we do it for those who may be interested in learning more. Today we are talking about how to bottle feed a calf.

We have a jersey bull calf that is 8 weeks old and when we first got him, he was being fed out of a bottle. Now he is bucket trained {I’ll write you a post on that too!} but I thought I’d share how to bottle feed a calf in case you need help or have questions!

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Your Kids are Going to Get Worms.

Today’s topic is brought to you by the letter W and the number 1 million-trillion-bazillion {more on this number choice later}. And today’s topic is…..WORMS! Yum. If you haven’t eaten yet today, go do that and then come back and read this. I’ve spoken with a fair number of people lately who are having all sorts of varied issues with all sorts of varied species – chickens, horses, dogs, goats, etc. – and I have all given them the EXACT same advice for their issue. What? Really? All different species and all different issues? Yes. And all the same advice. Here it is:

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