Category: Pets and Livestock
What Do Alpacas And Llamas Eat?
Llamas and alpacas are becoming increasingly popular animals to keep here in the USA. Native to South America, these camelids are mild-mannered and relatively easy to keep. So if you’re considering llamas or alpacas for your homestead, the first thing you need to know about them is what they like to eat. Llamas and alpacas […]
How Long Do Alpacas and Llamas Live?
Alpacas and Llamas are domesticated camelid mammals from South America. Camelids are known as camels without humps, and there are four kinds of them. Alpacas and llamas are the domesticated camelids and the guanacos and vicunas are not domesticated. Alpacas and llamas live generally for 15-20 years. The oldest known alpaca lived to 28 years, […]
Portion Control: Do Sheep Know To Stop Eating?
We all know sheep as fluffy cloud-like animals, but do you know how chunky a sheep should actually be? If you’re a new sheep owner, doing your research before you come one, or even just a curious sheep fan, then here’s what you need to know about keeping sheep at a healthy weight. Sheep don’t […]
Do Baby Goats Need A Heat Lamp?
Baby goats are loveable and precious! Nurturing them from birth can be super tough, especially when they’re super small. If they’re small enough, then you’re at that point where you’re wondering if your baby goats need a heat lamp in order to survive and thrive. Heat lamps are great warming methods for baby goats but […]
Chicken Feelings: Do They Miss Each Other?
Chicken owners swear that their chickens are like little people. They love their feathered friends and enjoy watching them play and run around each other, imagining them having conversations just like in Chicken Run. But that makes you wonder – do chickens miss each other? Or are we just pretending it? Chickens display some emotions, […]
Can Sheep Eat Sunflower Plants and Seeds?
Sunflower seeds can be found in most agricultural stores because they make a great treat for lots of farm animals. And you might be wondering if your sheep can enjoy them too. So let’s take a look and see if sunflower seeds and plants are safe for sheep to eat. Sunflower plants and seeds are […]
How Many Kids Do Goats Have? A Guide To Baby Goats
Goats are just the best. And when your does are pregnant with even more goats? It’s like getting to celebrate your three favorite holidays all at the same time. But how many kids do goats usually have? Goats have 1-5 kids per pregnancy, with two kids per delivery being the average across all goat breeds. […]
Feeding Alpacas in the Winter: What, When, and How Much
Even alpacas can get cold and need a little help during winter – especially if they’re extremely cold! And one of the ways to help your alpacas during the winter is to make sure they get enough food and water so that they have the reserves they need to be happy, and healthy, and keep […]
11 Reasons Baby Goats Cry – and What To Do!
Ever heard a strange sound come from a goat and wondered what that was? Just like humans, goats – and baby goats – can cry, and they’re certainly not shy about doing it. Their cries are undoubtedly loud for a reason: it’s their way of communicating with the herd and you. There are many reasons […]
Light and Heat Requirements for Baby Chicks: The Essential Guide
Understanding the role light and heat play in the growth and health of your flock cannot be stressed enough. Getting your chicks is the easy part, but efficiently raising them is where it kind of gets tricky. Whether you are ordering your chicks online or raising them from eggs, lighting and heating are very crucial […]
Can Goats Eat Chicken Feed? What You Need to Know Now
Backyard homesteaders are amazing at space usage – especially if they have a small yard. And we’re experts at keeping compatible livestock in the same space. But then we have to deal with the next steps of the animals getting into each other’s feed. In the case of keeping goats with chickens, can goats eat […]
Are Alpacas and Llamas Ruminants?
Alpacas and llamas are becoming increasingly kept animals across the US, not least because of their friendly natures, cute appearances, and super soft wool! The two species have important similarities and differences that make them easy to tell apart. But what about on the inside? Are llamas and alpacas both ruminants? Alpacas and llamas are […]