Hello and welcome to another Metro East Farms update. October was kind of rough we lost a very good dog that we rescued many years ago. he passed away mid-October; he will be sorely missed. We have had a few changes we have added 5 Pekin ducks (Hens) and a Saanen dairy goat that we think may be pregnant. She was bottle fed and was raised in the former owner’s home until weaned and she is very affectionate to humans. She is 2 years old, this makes 3 dairy goats on the farm Willow a Alpine, Dolly Pardon a Nubian and Rosa Blanco a Saanen the name is “White Rose in Spanish.
We have received another $100.00 which will be spent on metal water bowls for the rabbits. We are making a DYI water warmer to keep it from freezing the hopes re to add a thermostat to kick on the entire system on when the temp reaches 34F outside temperature. We will be putting plastic over the fronts of the rabbit hutches to keep out the weather as much as possible.
As some may know we rescued 3 Great Pyrenees livestock dogs. They are strong mountain dogs standing up to 33 inches at the shoulder and can get to 120+ pounds for a male and 80-100 pounds for a female 100 pounds. These guardians are very calm, but they can quickly spring aggressively into action and move with grace and speed to meet a threat to your livestock. A full-grown dog can easily kill a Coyote, Fox, Raccoons, Opossums and anything that wanders into the fenced in boundaries even other dogs and cats.
These dogs protect all your livestock including fowl and poultry, you just must raise them and acclimate them to the idea that they are to be protected not eaten. They have lush weatherproof coat is all white, or white with markings of beautiful shades of gray, tan, reddish-brown, or badger. I hear that the tan black markings are harder to find but only one of this litter is pure white and yes they are full blooded Great Pyrenees.
All the 8 does are pregnant I am pretty good and figuring out if a doe is going to be twins or a single birth, this year it looks like 6 sets of twins and two singles, after weaning I defiantly be milking 3 for sure, however I have milked the others but only got a quart and a half per goat per day. The 3 dairy breeds should double or triple the amount per goat per day. I enjoy milking but when they give a small amount it’s just not the effort unless you really need it.
Until next time we will see ya on the farm…