Blog Posts - Basic Care



The Veterinary Feed Directive – Update!

I need to update this post to clarify which antibiotics are being switched to Rx, please read this update if the changes may impact you. Changes will go into effect on January 1, 2017 in the way that livestock medications are distributed. The Veterin...
by Better Hens and Gardens on Dec 5, 2016

The Veterinary Feed Directive (Livestock Owner Impact)

Changes will go into effect on January 1, 2017 in the way that livestock medications are distributed. The Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) will stop over-the-counter sales of many of the antibiotics used today for livestock. After January 1st, it...
by Better Hens and Gardens on Dec 5, 2016

Integrating Pullets into the Chicken Flock

It’s starting to feel a bit like fall, so it’s time to think about integrating the chicks that hatched in the springtime into the main flock. It seems that we’ve had female chicks (which have grown into pullets) to introduce into the flock ever...
by Better Hens and Gardens on Aug 15, 2016

Coccidiosis In Goats

Coccidiosis in goats can be a serious problem, but it’s something that almost all goat owners have to deal with sooner or later. Our Vet identified that it’s a significant problem in our area, and many types of young livestock (sheep, ca...
by Better Hens and Gardens on Jun 27, 2016

Clipping Goats

It’s a good idea to clip goats in springtime – it gets rid of the excess hair before summer’s hot weather, makes the goat a “bad” place for lice to hangout, and gives them a nice neat appearance (so everyone can see what...
by Better Hens and Gardens on May 16, 2016

Definition of a Pullet

It’s time for raising “day-old” chicks again this year, and it always reminds me of the time we ordered “pullets” from the feed store in Amish territory and expected to pick up young hens – instead we picked up day...
by Better Hens and Gardens on Apr 25, 2016

Goat Health Record Form (Downloadable)

Winter and early spring are the time of year that I always find myself trying to update records, and make sure everything is in place for the coming year. It’s when I have a little downtime from goats, gardens, chickens, etc. and can focus on g...
by Better Hens and Gardens on Feb 24, 2016

Raising Day Old Chicks

Spring is going to be here soon, meaning it’s time for raising day-old chicks. Getting day-old chicks and raising them is fun and rewarding; they seem to grow while you watch, and their behavior is fascinating. But they’re a lo...
by Better Hens and Gardens on Feb 1, 2016

The Intricacies of Keeping Goats & Chickens in the Same Yard

You have a barn, you have a yard, you have multiple animals, and you need to maximize usage of your space — throw ‘em all together and be done with it, right? Well, not necessarily. Some animals can be boarded together with little trouble (sheep...
by Better Hens and Gardens on Nov 16, 2015

Bramblestone Herd Tests Negative (2015) For Small Ruminant Diseases Again!

For the fifth year in a row, all the adult goats in the Bramblestone Farm herd have tested negative for small ruminant diseases! Read on to find out why we’re always so thrilled to get negative results back, and why it’s so important to k...
by Better Hens and Gardens on Oct 14, 2015

New Stronger and Configurable Goat Pens

  The original pens that we used for our Nigerian Dwarf goats were actually horse stalls that had solid walls; however, we found that goats are social creatures, and they much preferred walls that they could see each other through. So, we had th...
by Better Hens and Gardens on Apr 13, 2015

Chickens Don’t Take Water Baths – They Take Dust Baths!

Note: Several readers have requested posts on topics that have already appeared here – this is one of those posts that has been updated and republished. One of the funniest chicken behaviors to watch is dust bathing (but it’s often distur...
by Better Hens and Gardens on Apr 1, 2015

Annual CD/T & BoSe Injections for Goats

There are three types of injections that goats in our area need annually; tetanus toxoid, BoSe, and a vaccination for enterotoxemia.  Here’s the basics to know about these vaccinations for goats (skip to the last paragraph if you don’t want...
by Better Hens and Gardens on Mar 4, 2015

Goats – How Much Cold Can They Take?

Each winter, one question seems to come up concerning our Nigerian Dwarf goats – can goats take the cold? We live in Northeastern Ohio, so temperatures of -15°F are pretty common. Adult Goats Handle Cold – If Not Wet or Windy If g...
by Better Hens and Gardens on Jan 12, 2015

2015 Nigerian Dwarf Kidding Schedule Execution!

It’s that time of year again – time to breed the does so that they have kids in late winter/early spring. I like our does to be bred so that they all kid in the same week, that way we can just concentrate on them and p...
by Better Hens and Gardens on Nov 3, 2014

Fall Chicken Culling

It’s hard to believe, but Fall is almost here again and it’s time to think about culling chickens to make room for the pullets that hatched in the spring.  Fall is the traditional time for culling (reducing flock size) beca...
by Better Hens and Gardens on Aug 20, 2014

Getting Started With Chickens

We’ve kept chickens for quite a few years now, and have raised many baby chicks and tried a number of different breeds.  So, I have a few suggestions for anyone just getting started with poultry: What to Start With You can s...
by Better Hens and Gardens on Jun 23, 2014

Basic Tips on How to Care for Your Eyewear

Eyewear is delicate equipment that requires some very specific care. If you are just getting started using a new type of eyewear, adhere to the following tips to maximize its life and usefulness. 1.  Inspect eyewear frequently. Eyewear of all types...
by Beauty Tips on Mar 28, 2014

Giving Goats Injections

If you own goats, then you’ll need to learn to give them shots.  Goats need a CD/T (and BO-SE in some areas) shot annually and most antibiotics have to be administered via injection (it’s generally not economical to have a...
by Better Hens and Gardens on Jan 19, 2014

proper care of our bags

 When you have a new designer bag or fashion bag, it is normal that you want it to look after and maintaining it like new since when you first bought it. may be its hard to do it when you already abused your bag. but there are ways to preven...
by unwinding moments on Sep 26, 2013


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