Keeping a couple or three pigs in the household, and when experience and a dozen appear, is a simple matter. But ignorance of some rules can lead to unexpected results. What is the appeal of pigs as farm animals? What are the benefits of pigs over cows, goats, poultry or rabbits?
Which dog is ideal for suburban life? A similar question cannot be answered unequivocally. But if you are interested in this topic, I recommend paying attention to the Russian Spaniel. A dog of this breed named Sonya lived with us for 12 years. If our family again has the opportunity to get a dog (when moving to our own house), then without hesitation I will take the puppy of the Russian spaniel.
Something went wrong with my cats. No, in childhood I, of course, loved them. But with age I realized that the wool on the sofas, meow in the morning and the daily change of the tray - not mine. But children need a pet - that's for sure! Caring for a pet, children grow up with a kinder attitude towards the world. Therefore, a search was announced for the best "family" friend without any negative features.
Among the huge variety of dog breeds, in my opinion, there is a special one - the Central Asian Shepherd Dog, or Alabai. Her story is so ancient that it deserves special attention, and her qualities are so positive that they make her admire. Once in a family, Alabai not only becomes its full member, but also shares the responsibility for the house.
Feeding wild wintering birds in your garden or park is not just an act of mercy for our smaller brothers, but also a contribution to the future harvest. According to ornithologists, one titmouse can save up to 10 trees per season from pests, and one feeding trough provides food for up to 50 tits! The fact that most often sunflower seeds are poured into the feeder is known even to a child.
From early spring to late autumn we live in the village, which allows us not only to grow a variety of vegetables in the garden, but also to engage in poultry. In the poultry yard in the summer we keep chickens, turkeys and broiler ducks. If you live in a village and there is a pond nearby in your area, then it makes sense to think about raising ducks to provide your family with fresh meat.
Beekeeping, as in any business, has its own characteristics. Those that are described in information sources, but in passing. As a rule, these are local, regional features. Serious literature does not consider it necessary to particularly distract them. Specialized forums describe something similar, but how hard it is to read because of the huge amount of bickering, sometimes turning to personalities!
Our grandfather holds broiler chickens and ducks in his yard, and turkeys occupy the majority of the poultry yard. The turkeys won such a special attitude for good reason, because at grandfather they grow up of incredible size! That is, the yield of meat from one bird is much greater compared to duck or chicken. Our grandfather supplies children and grandchildren with environmentally friendly meat, and recently orders from outsiders began to arrive on turkey poultry.
Experienced pig farmers are well aware that pigs not only like to eat, they prefer quality food. That is, despite the almost omnivorous nature, pigs "know a lot" about tasty and healthy food. Good food, these animals eat with excellent appetite, increasing weight and maintaining health. In this article, we will talk in detail about the biological methods of feed preparation for pigs, which allow us to obtain healthy and tasty food for these animals.
When I got an aquarium, almost everyone who saw fish in my house asked the same question: "Does it calm your nerves well?" But, alas, at first the aquarium was for me a source of constant stress. I did not observe peacefully swimming fish, because I constantly separated their fights. I could not rest near the aquarium, because it exuded an unpleasant odor.
We took our current dog as a puppy in a shelter. A small white teddy bear, selflessly loving children, was thrown to the sidelines. It turned out not needed. Did not fit. It seems to me that a dog is a great happiness. The dog will always be waiting for you. She will always be glad for you. Do not betray her! Therefore, you need to think it over twenty times before starting a puppy.
Piglet meat is a very profitable venture. Piglets, for example, grow 3 times more efficient than calves. If to get 1 kg of beef you need more than 10 kg of feed, then per kg of pork - from 3.6 kg of feed. Even taking into account the relative high cost of concentrated feed compared to coarse ones, pigs pay for feed better.
In my past articles, I talked about the rights and obligations of a beekeeper and a bee-builder (read the material How I became a beekeeper), and also dwelt in detail on what you need to buy for the first apiary. And now, when the theory has been studied, and everything necessary for arranging an apiary has been acquired, the time comes to start practicing beekeeping.
If you buy a young goat to regularly receive milk from her, you should understand that this is possible only after her pregnancy and childbirth. Usually a goat is ready for mating as early as 7 months. But she is not yet ready for bearing the fetus. It is better to let the goat grow up to 35-40 kg (or up to 75% of adult weight).
Do not be afraid of difficulties in transporting animals, you need to prepare in advance. Long journeys are rarely spontaneous. In order for you and your animals to be relatively comfortable on the trip (they won’t be at home, of course), you need to acquire everything you need, study the intricacies, train the animals, and be ready to devote most of your time to them.
In one of the Botany materials, I already told how I became a beekeeper. To begin with, I studied the theory of the problem for six months: the duties and rights of the beekeeper, bee house building, etc. After the information preparation, it was more fun, the search on the Internet began on a pre-compiled list of everything that is needed to equip the apiary and the beekeeper’s convenience.
Feeding a goat is easy. There is no problem with feed in the summer. If there is a pasture, then the issue of feeding, in general, disappears. The edge of the forest, an abandoned field, an unowned flowerbed or lawn - nothing special is needed for a goat. Sedge, acacia and any weed goes to the goat for food. In nature, goats pluck the mountainsides very poor (in the sense of food).
Often, in order to maintain order in the house, we are strict in relation to our favorites. They cannot urinate past the tray, they cannot sharpen their claws on our beautiful furniture, they cannot sing songs at four in the morning, and so on. But sometimes, out of ignorance, we ourselves do harm to our pets. And then, sitting at the reception with the veterinarian, we are very worried and scold ourselves.
We moved to the Kuban. We bought a house with a plot on the edge of the forest. It is necessary to start livestock. There is a dog and a cat, we brought them with us. We don’t need a cow, we need 3 liters of milk per week. The goat is not suitable for these parameters either. We eat three eggs a week - this is one chicken, but she will be sad alone. Rabbits can still be, they are soft and fluffy, eat only grass and vegetables, but they multiply very quickly - where to put them later?
Once, when I was visiting my friends, I accidentally went out onto the balcony of their apartment on the tenth floor of a seventeen-story building in the city center and was almost taken aback - with a dozen neat cages were placed on top of each other. Of course, it was not the cells themselves that surprised me, but their inhabitants. They turned out to be ... hens! Yes, yes, the most ordinary chickens!
Goats are small cattle, well suited for domestic maintenance. These are unpretentious and hardy animals. Goats survive well in any climatic conditions and are ready to eat almost any plant food. They are very sociable and bring their owners a lot of positive emotions. And most importantly: these animals are a source of quality milk, meat and wool in the household.