Springtime was cold and late in Northeast Ohio, so the goats didn’t get their coats trimmed until this week – their first trims as yearlings. After giving them their haircuts, we went to the American Goat Society (AGS) 2011 National Show (as spectators only).
The show was a real learning experience; we saw many beautiful Nigerian Dwarf goats and met some very dedicated breeders. I was happy that although our girls wouldn’t take first place at the Nationals, I don’t believe they’d be last either (although their haircuts need to be much neater).
Anyway, the show encouraged me to start seriously trying to photograph the girls so I’d learn their [...]
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Tinkerbell and Bit-O-Honey have been here for just a month, and they already need trims.
I bought the “shear magic” hoof trimmer on-line from Jeffers, and used it to trim the girls’ hooves. Using past horse experience, I tried to pick up each hoof and trim it while the goat stood on the other three legs; however, Tink and Honey clearly explained that if I was going to trim their hooves, they were going to sit in my lap. I’m thinking this is going to be difficult if they get much bigger …….and I’ll arrange for someone else to take pictures to show the process next [...]
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I discovered rather suddenly that it’s sometimes necessary to trim a chicken’s wings so they can’t fly. We’d had Golden Buff hens for awhile when I decided to introduce a Barred Rock rooster, and because the hens never flew out of their pen, I was shocked when the rooster flew out (why a rooster would fly away from hens is explained in Introducing New Chickens). I had to clip his feathers to keep him in, and found out it’s a harmless and simple procedure.
Why (Not) to Clip Feathers
I think it’s best to leave the chicken’s wings alone unless there’s a [...]
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