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Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by farmgirl360, Dec 16, 2014.

  1. farmgirl360

    farmgirl360 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    this is the thread to talk about all farm animals and ask qestions and give advice or whatever i have the following animals ; PIGS, ,goats, donkeys, ducks, rabbits, dogs, cats, chickens I have had the followng : turkeys, horses and you can always ask me qestions
     
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  2. farmgirl360

    farmgirl360 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    come on i am sure there is something you guys are wondering :) or if you guys just wanna tell a story
     
  3. farmgirl360

    farmgirl360 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i am am in 4-H so i can helpvwith advise there to
     
  4. kltrett175

    kltrett175 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you need any advise or have any questions ? I'm pretty sharp on horses . Know a little about chickens too.
     
  5. TracyLovesDucks

    TracyLovesDucks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hey farmgirl, do you ever do meat chickens?

    Also, what kind of goats do you have and for what purpose?

    I'm not totally familiar with 4-H, so I don't know if you just raise the animals for show and then auction, or other purposes like your own food... so even a quick explanation of what 4-H is would be awesome! Thanks!

    -Tracy
     
  6. farmgirl360

    farmgirl360 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    that would be great to have more advise on horses i have only had one at a time so that would be great the more the merrier !!
     
  7. farmgirl360

    farmgirl360 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yes i have had meat chickens before i have had cornish crosses they are quite nice meat birds except becuase they are a meatbird if you dont butcher them at the right time there legs can break becuase they grow so fast weight wise but the calcium in their bones are not yet all the way devlop althought this is with any meatbird they were for 4-h though but we then did eat them

    yes i have had goats for most my life i have right now pygmy and nigerian dwarf the dwarf is much simalar to the pygmy i have 3 goat right now one is a baby and 1 of the other 2 was bottled raised along with its brother that passed and we have those for 4-h they are not meat or dairy though most people at 4-h have meat or dairy goats
    4-H is a club that i think is almost in every state if america and yes we raise them show them and we can only auction off one thing like i auction off a hog but the hogs have to be a fixed boy and the cows i do not show have to be a boy a goat i do not remeber what the rules are on it being auction we also auction rabbits and chickens they are not as popular though
    you can also do gereal projects which you can do all kinds of art, outdoor things, intior design, wood work, sewing and textiles, robotics, elctricty, food show. also you can enter the tractor driving contest which if you are 12+ you drive a kabota garden tracor if you are younger you drive a lawn mower and you have to weave around these poles it is quite fun
    you can show all types of animals even dogs and cats
    fun night is the best though there is always a mud fight at he end although i think they are trying to do away with that :( although there will always be one :)
    and throughout the year preparing there is community activities and fun things to do it takes hard work anymore qestions i will be glad to answer
     
  8. TracyLovesDucks

    TracyLovesDucks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh cool, I've been trying to figure out what kind of meat chickens to get and I really want to go for the Cornish Cross, but there sure are a lot of horror stories out there. On the other hand, I've seen so many examples of healthy free-range CX though which is good! It seems like the key is to really control their feed intake and allow/push them to exercise just like normal chickens need to do. Oh yeah, and then process them at the right time. Does that sound right?

    So my next question then is, since I want them to have plenty of room to run around, the biggest area I can give them is pretty rocky with a few little cactuses randomly placed (I could probably remove these, thought). Is this suitable terrain for a chicken or will it be too harsh? Feel free to chime in, kltrett and anyone else!
     
  9. farmgirl360

    farmgirl360 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i had CX and yes a few of there legs broke but they were in a pen up off the ground we did control there feed intake but yes butchering time is key
    can you send pics of the area
     
  10. cityfarmer12

    cityfarmer12 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    sounds pretty good. I raised Corish cross a little differently as an experiment. I kept mine for 8 months before i butchered them (i could have butchered them a long time ago, but i wanted to see how long i could keep them...only butchered them cause we were moving.) Instead of feeding them meat grower, i used regular chick starter until they could move outside where i free ranged them. They were fed small amounts of feed and plenty of veggies and bugs. They were really healthy and i never had any problems with broken legs or heart failure. The only thing, it took them about a week and a half to 2 weeks longer to reach a good size, and the legs were not as tender since they ran around all day. Just thought id throw my experience out there [​IMG] Good luck!
    [​IMG] this guy was 6 months old and almost 8 pounds. He is wet in this picture...they were outside even when it was raining really hard. We also had a area that would flood when it rained, and the cornish crosses actually liked to wade and "swim" in the water. " :)
     

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