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  1. Pigs
    Hello all, I have come up with an affordable swine feed mix for our 3 Duroc/Berkshire feeder pigs, and the nutrient calculations seem ok to me without a premix. It is a sorghum, oats, wheat, sunflower meal, rice protein, and cracked peas mix. They also get some table scraps but don't have...
  2. Goats
    I have to pygmy goats, I believe they're younger than a year. They would lick a salt block or eat loose minerals. They won't eat alfalfa pellets or rolled oats. They will basically only eat goat feed pellets that I have no idea what is because I can't find an ingredient list and cow pellet feed...
  3. Poultry
    Still finding our way towards efficient production of eggs and meat-ideally both at the same time, with dual purpose efforts. We have a large poultry pen (around 225 sq.ft) and small coop with 6 layers. This has worked great so far. Now we've added 4 more layers and getting our feet wet with...
  4. Cattle
    Hi, all. I live in Vermont so, naturally, the winters will be quite cold. I'm starting my small beef herd this winter, and have 4 heifer calves that I've bought -- two born in April, and two born in June (but staying with their mothers until September before being weaned). Come September, I will...
  5. Cattle
    I have found several of these bugs in my can of cracked corn. Can I still feed this to my Jersey or is this better suited to feed to my chickens? P.S. sorry if the image doesn’t attach.
  6. Cattle
    If this post belongs in a different place please excuse me. I have been having trouble finding good quality hay for my Jersey cow. I live in north central Texas. It has been a hot dry summer and prices have shot way up. My wife found some for sale not far from us so I went to take a look. It...
  7. Poultry
    I nuke the shells to dry them thoroughly and to make them brittle, then chop them up and feed them to my chickens. Heard it's a good source of calcium for them. Question is, do I bother removing the membrane from inside the shell? I've been doing it absentmindedly, but is there a point?
  8. Pigs
    You might find this article interesting. We had the opportunity to get some peanut butter. It comes in 500 lb barrels, four to a pallet. That was too heavy to lift down off the delivery truck so we built a stone loading dock at the entrance to our driveway...
  9. Poultry
    For those that are breeding their hens do you have any suggestions to improve egg quality? I'm noticing on the incubated chicks some are slow to hatch, fail to break thru or deformed. I'm currrently feeding a laying ration but was wondering what else I could add to make sure parents (rooster and...
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