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  1. How To Make Homemade Ice Cream

    Anyone still make their own ice cream? Ever had homemade ice cream?
  2. "The Doe Code"

    Learn more here.
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  4. Random Chat

    We have something like this on the more local section of the forums, and I thought maybe we could do it here too. This is an ongoing section for just random chat, tell the gang what you're up to, that kind of thing. Kind of like you'd get at the local diner counter, only in cyber space.
  5. Applications are now available for DEC’s cooperative Day-Old Pheasant Chick Program. The program provides pheasant hunting opportunities through a partnership among DEC, hunters, 4-H youth, and interested landowners. The program is funded through the State Conservation Fund from license fees paid by hunters, trappers, and anglers. In 2019, DEC distributed more than 31,500 day-old pheasant chicks to qualified applicants. Day-old chicks are available at no cost to participants who can provide a brooding facility, a covered outdoor rearing pen, and an adequate release site. Applicants must provide daily care to the rapidly growing chicks, monitor the birds’ health, and ensure they have adequate feed and water. The pheasants may be released beginning when they are eight weeks old and must be released no later than Dec. 1. All release sites must be approved in advance by DEC and must be open for public pheasant hunting opportunities. Approved applicants will receive the day-old chicks in April, May, or June. Individuals interested in these programs should contact their nearest DEC regional office for applications and additional information. A “Pheasant Rearing Guide” and applications are available on the DEC website. Applications must be filed with a DEC regional wildlife manager by March 25, 2020.
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  7. Goat Playgrounds: A Place To Play!

    Goats are many things: lively, intelligent, playful, curious, useful. It’s the playfulness that can be the undoing of the novice goat-owner. Without a suitable outlet for a caprine’s rambunctious nature, that playfulness can translate into destructiveness for infrastructure and fencing. For this reason, goat playgrounds are highly recommended. Goat playgrounds are more than just cute and amusing facilities; they are a necessary component to keep the animals’ innate curiosity and liveliness from getting out of hand and resulting in damage to property and infrastructure. From their wild ancestors, today’s domestic goats have inherited a genetic aptitude for climbing. A caprine’s sure-footed nature means they enjoy climbing — not only to explore, but to establish hierarchy among themselves. In the absence of sheer rocky ledges, your car’s roof, a fence ledge, or your bent-over back could act as the next best thing. See the rest of the article here.
  8. It’s something we don’t always think of — and it’s something we frequently take for granted. You may see several kinds of maple syrup in the grocery store, but how significant is the difference between them? When it says PURE, is it really? If it says it’s from Vermont, is it really? How truthful are labels? I would say that there can be a pretty big difference, and knowing where it comes from matters! Some maple syrup brands use more high fructose corn syrup and maple flavoring than others that may be more pure. There’s different sugar and calorie content for various brands, and numerous factors that go into syrup. At this maple farm I visited, this is the good stuff. See the rest of the article here.
  9. Love having some unusual birds in your chicken coop? Then we've found the chicken breed for you. This rare Indonesian chicken is completely black, on the outside as well as on the inside. If you have a thing for exotic looking chickens, you need to meet the Ayam Cemani. This Indonesian chicken is a rare breed, but you won't mistake it for any other. It's completely black, featuring feathers with a metallic sheen. Its skin is even black, they have black feathers and a black beak, and roosters have a black comb. But even more unusual? All of its internal organs and bones are black, too. Read more about these birds here.
  10. Poultry Chat

    An open ended discussion thread about poultry.
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  12. See the rest here. What do you think? Is country music doing okay, on the ropes, or dead?
  13. Goat Chat

    Just a random thread for open discussion about your goats. Something new you're doing? Have some new ones on the way? Let's hear about it!
  14. So You Want To Be A Farmer...

    See the rest of the article here. ( I can't copy and past from that site for some reason )
  15. Plans For 2020

    I don't do New Year resolutions, but I do make New Year plans. Walking around doing chores this evening I began to form a mental list of things to do this upcoming year. It's only just started, but entails trying some new things as well as the return of others. What, if any, plans are percolating for you as the year draws to an end?
  16. Learning to notice goat symptoms is a science and an art. The science part comes to things that are quantitative, such as normal goat temperature. Other things come more into an art such as your favorite doe just giving you a look that isn’t normal for her. Those that learn to read goat symptoms will be able to catch things early, when the task of turning them back around to wellness is more likely to succeed with less time and resources than goat symptoms that are missed or not caught for several hours. Here are some common things that I watch for when I go out to my herd. If I notice a goat that is “off feed” or picking at their hay or grain, I start running questions through my head. Did she consume something toxic or get bit or stung? Is there a fever indicating infection or illness or is she hypothermic? Is something broken or bruised or causing pain? Is it metabolic such as pregnancy toxemia or ketosis? Learn more here.
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