Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Fixed!!

With direction where to go from my daughter, Valery, the problem has been fixed for now!

Now, I am off to work!!

TTFN.
For some reason my blog has crashed. Maybe making a short entry will help?! I know I need to update it, but working 6 days a week, 8-10 hours each day, for the last 2 weeks and helping with shearing/catching another 6+ hours/day on Sundays makes for a tired shepherdess.

Hopefully, we will be back up and running soon!!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Chickens. Parasites and such.

Internal parasitic diseases.
http://msucares.com/poultry/diseases/disparas.htm

Copied from the above website.
Control of External Parasites
There are many insecticides available to help control external poultry parasites. The most effective broad spectrum insecticide is permethrin. Permethrin has a significant residual activity, thus making it ideal for treating facilities and equipment. At reduced concentrations it can be applied to the bird. Follow all manufacturers recommendations when using all insecticides.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Permethrin

http://www.jefferspet.com/search/Permethrin?animal[]=Poultry&button=search&utf8=%E2%9C%93

http://www.jefferspet.com/products/permectrin-ii

This sounds like something I should have on the farm for everything, including the chickens!!!

Contains 10% Permethrin to kill flies, lice, mites, ticks (including ticks that carry Lyme disease), fleas, spiders, mosquitoes and cockroaches on horses, beef and dairy cattle, swine, sheep, poultry, dogs and their premises.
Apply as a spray, dip or on a back-rubber. Offers a 30 day residual effect. Easily mixes with water or mineral oil. 5-day slaughter withdrawal for swine.
Premise spray:
8 oz makes 6.25 gallons
1 qt makes 25 gals.
Animal use:
8 oz makes 3 gallons
2.5 oz (5 tablespoons) in 1 gallon
20 mL (4 teaspoons) in 1 qt. water
Do not use on puppies under 3 months.
 
If you care to give your chickens injections...There are a number of them here, and the reasons for using them. http://www.jefferspet.com/pages/poultry

I use this company a LOT!!  http://www.jefferspet.com/

More about parasites. Plus, at the bottom of the page is a whole lot of other information about chickens.
 
I LOVE the Chicken Chick!! This is one, of a number, of people to follow on Face Book for chicken information, stories and humor! https://www.facebook.com/TheChickenChick



Since she has done LOTS & LOTS of research on chickens, I will leave you here with her page.


Intestinal Parasites in Backyard Chicken Flocks

 http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/vm015 
Our birds free range as much as possible, so this is not going to happen. I agree with most of what the article has to say. It is great article, if the chickens are confined....
Keep birds off freshly plowed ground where ingestion of earthworms and other insects is more likely.
Use insecticides to control insect populations.

 Chicken illness and treatments 
http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/common-chicken-illnesses-and-treatments.html

http://urbanchickens.org/chicken-illness-injury-and-disease/

And, the joys of keeping chickens can be found at the Chicken Chick and here at Urban Chickens.
 http://urbanchickens.org/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Joy-of-Keeping-Chickens/58659269691

And, finally. A great book for all chicken keepers to own. (Personally, we have a number of different books here on the farm for each type of livestock that we raise.)
http://www.amazon.com/The-Joy-Keeping-Chickens-Ultimate/dp/1602393133

Plus, this is my first go to place for any sick animal!
http://www.merckmanuals.com/vet/
And, of course, they have a Face Book page.
https://www.facebook.com/MerckVetManual

An update for backyard chicken owners about medications and eggs. Good to know. A must read. Any animal that needs medication, for any reason is separated from their flock/herd and medicated alone. Any eggs that chicken might produce would go right into the manure pile and covered up.
http://phys.org/news/2014-09-veterinary-pharmacologist-eggs-backyard-chickens.html


That was possibly an overload of information for some of you. But, for chicken keepers, I hope you appreciate all the hard work these folks have done in order for people like me to share with you.

I am out of here!

TTFN.

Sheep & goat vaccinations, worming and diseases

(I know I owe pictures, but I've not taken the time yet to download them. They are all on Google though. I just need to figure out how to link my blog to Google...)

I was asked today about sheep & goat vaccinations and worming, so I did a little Google searching. It is always good to know that we give the right product to our animals, as well as to others animals.

I apologize in advance for only using the links in this post. There is a LOT of information in each of these sites that anyone raising sheep or goats for ANY reason should know.

Sheep

This website has LOTS of information.  http://www.sheep101.info/201/vaccinations.html

Everything you could possibly ever want to know about parasites and then some.
 http://www.sheep101.info/201/parasite.html

The whole website is always worth checking out, and rechecking!! Even for those of us who've had sheep for 20+ years.
http://www.sheep101.info/

And, this is where we (personally) buy all our supplies.
http://www.jefferspet.com/pages/sheep

An informative Face Book page.
https://www.facebook.com/MDSmallRuminant

Goats

I don't like the name of this website, but it does tell a lot about the vaccinations goats need, and why.
http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/common-vaccinations-for-goats.html

About CDT  http://www.agriview.com/news/livestock/protect-sheep-and-goats-with-cdt-vaccine/article_ea6e3adc-8cb5-11e2-a048-001a4bcf887a.html

More worm information for both sheep and goats.
http://www.agriview.com/news/livestock/new-strategies-for-safeguarding-dewormers-and-the-sheep/article_9e75d89c-f9f7-11e2-9448-0019bb2963f4.html

http://www.agriview.com/news/livestock/protect-livestock-from-internal-parasites-with-spring-deworming/article_148d1b16-c308-11e2-bbb4-001a4bcf887a.html

And where we get our goat supplies.
http://www.jefferspet.com/pages/goat
http://www.jefferspet.com/categories/goat/health-wellness/wormers-dewormers-5



We use this in the spring. Cydectin.
http://www.jefferspet.com/products/cydectin-oral-sheep-drench?via=5338849d9fa2600f0000031a%2F5338849f9fa2600f00000346%2F533884a09fa2600f00000361

And, we use this in the fall. Valbezen.
 http://www.jefferspet.com/products/valbazen-broad-spectrum-dewormer?via=533884a29fa2600f00000395%2F533884a49fa2600f000003c1%2F533884a69fa2600f000003df

Both Cydectin and Valbezen can be used on goats. As well as Safeguard.
http://www.jefferspet.com/products/safe-guard-suspension?via=533884a29fa2600f00000395%2F533884a49fa2600f000003c1%2F533884a69fa2600f000003df


If we have to worm sheep only in between these 2 wormers.we use Ivomectrin in various forms.
http://www.jefferspet.com/products/ivomec-sheep-drench?via=5338849d9fa2600f0000031a%2F5338849f9fa2600f00000346%2F533884a09fa2600f00000361

Also for sheep only.
http://www.jefferspet.com/products/privermectin-sheep-drench


 A lot more information about deworming and the kinds of worms.
http://www.agriview.com/search/?l=25&skin=/&sd=desc&s=start_time&f=html&q=goat%20worm

FAMACHA

 One thing that every goat and sheep producer, whether one animal or hundreds, should know!!

http://www.agriview.com/news/livestock/feature_stories/new-system-recommended-for-parasite-control-in-sheep-goats/article_feedd180-793c-55f5-afe6-359664edc9ac.html

Sheep and Goat Diseases Outlined From A to Z 

 http://www.agriview.com/news/livestock/feature_stories/sheep-and-goat-diseases-outlined-from-a-to-z/article_95378535-8af1-5165-8758-9e06b8a22d50.html

And preventions, outlined.

http://www.agriview.com/news/livestock/feature_stories/sheep-and-goat-disease-treatments-preventions-outlined/article_7495569a-ec1e-5058-adc1-584c2a2fc58a.html

I will be following Agri-View on Face Book as well.
https://www.facebook.com/AgriView

Now that you've been overwhelmed....I am heading onto chickens. Then, llamas and alpacas. And, maybe even pigs. I might wait on cow/cattle info until we actually are in a place to get some. And, then again...

TTFN.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Schedule for our fall shows

 26th annual VT Sheep & Wool Festival  http://vtsheepandwoolfest.com/

Oct 4 & 5, 2014

Tunbridge Fairgrounds
1 Fairground Lane
Tunbridge, VT 05077

Saturday 10am - 5pm
Sunday 10am - 4pm
Rain or Shine!

Adults: $6, Seniors: $5
Children under 12: $1
2-day discount available




New Hampshire's 31st Annual Wool Arts Tour  http://www.woolartstournh.com/
Columbus Day Weekend, Oct. 11th & 12th
Saturday 9 - 5 & Sunday 9 - 4

We will be here- SpinnerFarm
                        
192 Old County Rd
Deering, NH 03244
Phone: 603-464-0232

6th annual Green Mountain Fiber Festival https://greenmountainfiberfestival.com/

November 15-16, 2014

Wilder Center
2089 Hartford Ave.
Wilder, Vermont


http://greenmountainfiberfestival.com/Location.html

And, finally on December 6, 2014 from 9 am to 3 pm, we will be in New London, NH for the Wilmot Community Association's Holiday Craft Fair. http://www.wilmotcommunityassoc.com/holiday-craft-fair-vendors/
New London Outing Club’s Indoor Center, 114 Cougar Court, New London, NH 03257

I love copy and paste!

Friday, August 15, 2014

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