The Hearty Homestead

 

Milking Your Goat: What You Should Know

If you’ve never milked an animal, put it on your bucket list!

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Egg Laying and Optimizing Production in Backyard Chickens

One of the many reasons chicken keepers like you and I begin to keep chickens in our backyards is for the eggs. Fresh eggs cannot be beat. Not only do they taste better, but they are much more nutritious and fresher than their grocery store counterparts.

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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 50 million birds affected across 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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