Archive for the ‘Cattle Supplies’ Category
I have owned chickens for quite some time. I remember getting my first chicken. I got three chickens from the feed store. I envisioned hanging out with the chickens every day but chores came ahead of time. One never realizes how much work is put into caring for one chicken. Keeping them fed, watered with fresh clean water, and creating a shelter safe from environment and predators takes time and effort.
What really helped me with efficiency is adding an automatic watering system for the birds. The Little Giant Automatic Poultry Waterer is an automatic watering system which doesn’t need any additional water hookups.
This poultry waterer is made out of strong polyethylene making it dent proof. The waterer is rust proof and easy to fill. Due to its vacuum-sealed cap, it creates an automatic flow of water. There is a handle on the waterer to make transporting easier. Of course, the larger waterer you get, it will be heavier due to the amount water it holds, so please make note of that.
Pampered Pet Poultry Supplies offer these efficient poultry waterers in three sizes: 3, 5, and 7 gallons. It is a must for anyone who owns chickens and poultry and who wants to enjoy their birds with less work to do.
Raising goats is fun and enjoyable. The FFA-How to Raise Goats is an educational book for the beginner on raising goats. Expert Goat breeder Carol A. Amundson teaches the beginner with easy to follow tips in order to help you:
- Choose the right breed of goat for your needs
- Evaluate and purchase goats
- House and feed your herd
- Keep your herd healthy
- Breed goats and birth kids
- Show goats at fair or club events
- Market goats and their products
If you are looking for expert hands on advice on all aspects of goat keeping, The FFA-How to Raise Goats, is the book for you!
With the weather warming up and the grass starting to grow, I am getting ready to free range my flocks again. It cuts down on feed costs and keeps my yard bug free. There is a problem though. I have dogs. I do not want my chickens to stray too far and I also need to find a way to keep my dogs out. Normal fences will not work for this, as the birds can fly and the dogs can jump. Parmak or Zareba electric fences are a perfect solution to this!
Parmak is a leader in electric fencing and has been in business since the 1920’s while Zareba systems has been in the industry since the 1940’s. The best part is they are both 100% American made. They make many different kinds of wire and chargers. Using lightweight step in posts will allow you to move the fence as you range your birds and will also discourage predators.
Rotating forage areas will improve the quality of your pasture and will prevent over grazing. By moving your poultry often you will also allow the bugs to repopulate and when you move the flocks back you will have a good source of protein waiting for them. There are many different ways to do this depending on if you have a movable coop or not. If your coop is not movable, you can rotate your birds around the coop itself in a clockwise fashion. If you are unable to rotate around your coop you can use electric fencing to make a corridor for the birds to walk through to the new grazing area.
While electric fences are a good way to keep your birds in and to deter dogs, you cannot rely on them to protect your flock. Roller bars on a traditional fence will also help. These provide a rolling bar at the top of the fence which will stop any animals from trying to climb over. The complement to this is to bury wire at the bottom of the fence. Never use chicken wire for this as it is unable to stop predators. Hardwire cloth or cattle fencing buried facing out from your birds will stop digging predators. As they try to dig under they will find the wire. Make sure to secure this to your actual fence or they dogs will be able to dig between the two.
Although not foolproof, using Partak or Zareba fences along with traditional fences with roller bars and underground wire, will prevent most canine predators from reaching your flock as well as allowing your flock to have a continual supply of fresh forage.
– Danielle Oudenhoven
Quail, whether bobwhites or Coturnix do really well with small housing. As a quail breeder myself, I highly recommend the Quail Breeding Pen. This pen is a three second pen. Each pen measures 10 inches by 24 inches. If you own bobwhites, one pair fits easily in one section. The dividers do come out if you prefer colony housing. For Coturnix, they should be housed in colonies. In this case the dividers can be taken out to give you that 4 to 1 ratio. The pen comes with a large adjustable feed trough and a water trough that can be easily equipped for automatic watering. The whole pen is made out galvanized steel and sloped for easy egg collection. This pen is a must for the quail enthusiast!
Because fleas are everywhere, prevention is key! The Adams Plus Flea & Tick Yard Spray is a spray that is used in the yard. It is simple to use and kills not only fleas, but eggs, larvae. ticks, and other unwanted pests in the yard, such as cockroaches, ants, and spiders! The Adams Plus Flea and Tick Yard Spray attaches to a hose- end sprayer and treats 5,000 square feet at a time. This spray prevents re-infestation for up to 4 weeks, making the backyard enjoyable for you, your family, and your pets.
I was traveling to Alabama to get my puppy and a couple goats when I got this amazing book about all the Veterinary products you could ever think of. The Compendium of Veterinary Products should be every library. This book has the complete products listings of veterinary products and their proper use. So few do people get all the information this book contains! There are cross references, charts of biologicals, ingredients and withdrawal times to help you understand the pharmaceuticals your animal may need some point in their life. Published by Adrian J. Bayley, this book is the 12th edition and paperback, containing 1,848 pages for you to enjoy and learn from.
Do you need a sheep hay feeder that is easy to put together yet manageable? The Mini Pasture Feeder is not only usable for sheep, but also for goats and miniature horses. It is short so easy to reach by the animals, and very easy to install.
The Mini Pasture Feeder is made with a pre-galvanized catch basin and a hot dipped galvanized hay rack to prevent it from rusting. The legs and frame are very sturdy and will last a long time. The feeder assembles in 10 minutes with 4 bolts and then it is ready to be used! If you need a feeder for your sheep, goats, or miniature horses, the Mini Pasture Feeder is the perfect addition to your property.
Protecting your head is very important when riding horses. Falling off a horse can be detrimental. If you are looking for a riding helmet, you may be in luck. Troxel has some very sturdy, yet affordable riding helmets. The Troxel Legacy Riding Helmet and theTroxel Legacy Antiquus Graphic Helmets are wonderful for adolescents with smaller heads. It creates a comfortable and safe environment for your head. The Troxel Sport Helmets come in many sizes based on the age of the rider. They are lightweight and have many vents for air circulation.
Whether you are a beginner or advanced rider, you will need a helmet at some point of your life. Troxel is your choice!
Having a saddle that fits is extremely important in the health, comfort, happiness, and even performance of your horse. When you are working with a horse, you need the very best equipment. The Kincade Leather All-Purpose Saddle is the perfect saddle for jumping, hacking, or just flatwork. It features a nice medium deep seat and padded Airflo flaps with knee roll for added confidence. The All Purpose Saddle is available in medium or wide. Ride your horse in confidence and ease!
A cattle prod has many negative connotations towards it, as it is a shock tool used on animals. Ranchers use this tool to effectively move cattle into and through handling facilities and onto trucks. This prod is a tool to help the rancher ease a one way efficient direction with his/her cattle, not to torture them. The tool is designed to assist the handler to start the cattle moving in the required direction.
Manufacturers have made prods with high/low selector switches. For smaller animals, the low charge is used. Cattle have very thick skin, therefore a higher switch is used. The contact points are used on the real flank or upper rear leg of the animal. You just need to press the lower button and release it.
In order to use the Cattle prod effectively and properly, you need a charger, and a shaft. There are a few kinds of chargers. The Orange 150 Stock Prod is light weight and works on wet or dry animals. This is a product by Gallager and the Flexible polycarbonate shaft works wonderfully with it. The brand “Hot shot” makes interchangeable shafts that go with the Hot Shot DuraProd handle, The Green One, or the Red Handle.