The Hearty Homestead

 

Too Hollywood to Homestead?...Think Again!

Glitz, glamour, fame, money, hills, mansions, movies....these are just a few of the many thoughts that come to mind upon mention of Hollywood and the aura that goes with it.  

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Raising Kids - Dehorning & Wethering

Dehorning

Dehorning is a touchy subject in the goat world and rightly so. I can honestly understand both sides. There are those who believe that dehorning is cruel and goes against the natural biological makeup of a goat. There are others who believe that a horned goat, even if well behaved, is dangerous and could injure itself, a herd mate, a person or child unintentionally. You add wire goat fencing that horns can be tangled in and you have the risk of strangulation, or other injury.

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Raising Kids - Nutrition, Udder Care and Digestion

Raising Kids

Raising goat kids is fresh in mind these days. Our doe, Eleanor just blessed us with a beautiful buckling which we named Huckleberry. There’s little around the farm that brings us more joy than watching a goat kid hop around the pasture, learn to coordinate its legs and climb on everything it can wobble over to, including us!

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Bird Flu: Knowing What to Look for and Helping Protect your Flock

Reports of Avian Flu, commonly known as bird flu, continue to be updated daily and with nearly 45 million birds affected across nearly 30% of the country, this story will continue to be headlined for at least the foreseeable future.

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Raising Chickens with P. Allen Smith

Looking for expert advice from someone who know's poultry?

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Housekeeping for Chicken Keepers

There are many ways to care for your flock, but one of the best things you can do to keep them healthy, thriving and laying eggs is to provide them with a neat and tidy home.

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Raising Young Animals - A "How To" Video Series

Whether you raise foals, piglets, goat kids or more, making the decision to raise young animals can be daunting, especially if you've only ever known the family dog or cat.

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Birthing Goat Kids

Every time one of our goats gives birth for the first time it serves as a transition for how we see our goat. Our little girls become big girls and I tend to get emotional about the whole thing. It changes and deepens the relationship, seeing her care for her babies, showing an instinctual side that we’ve never witnessed. It’s very beautiful.

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15 Mother’s Day Gifts for Chicken-Lovers

These days, there are a ton of unique and creative gifts for chicken-lovers. Whether it’s a kitchen gadget with a chicken pattern, or the perfect boots for walking through the chicken yard – there are plenty of options out there for the chicken lady mama in your life. Here is a roundup of some of our personal favorites!

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Understanding Proteins in Milk Replacers

Today, there are many choices of proteins used in milk replacers for your baby animals. Many of the price differences, for these milk replacers, are a reflection of the ingredients in the product you are buying. At some point, you may find yourself looking at three different bags, all appearing to be the same product and all weighing the same. However, you notice they have different prices. In most cases, the price difference is a reflection of the type of proteins used in the manufacturing of the product inside the bag. What’s even more confusing is that all of three products, in the bags, are most likely similar in color. They range from a white to cream.

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