Thursday, March 31, 2016

Basic Goat Shelters for Your Homestead Dairy Herd


Basic Goat Shelters for Your Homestead Dairy Herd

Homestead dairy goats need proper shelters. Ideally these would be easy to set up and move, while providing all the animals' needs. A variety of basic shelters can be based on simple, reusable pieces like cattle panels, pop-up tents, and chain-link panels. These structures make pasture-based goat management easier on a budget.

A Guide to Different Colored Chicken Eggs - Countryside Network

A Guide to Different Colored Chicken Eggs - Countryside Network

Raise These Chicken Breeds for a Colorful Egg Basket I'd like to share some chicken breeds you can raise to get different colored chicken eggs - no artificial dyes required! Add these breeds to your flock and in no time, you could be collecting green, blue, cream, pinkish and even chocolate brown eggs.


Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Eldorado can raise chickens following appeals court ruling

Eldorado can raise chickens following appeals court ruling

In a decision likely to ruffle feathers, the New Mexico Court of Appeals reversed a district judge's 2014 order prohibiting Eldorado residents from raising hens in their backyards.

How to Keep Chickens From Eating Eggs

How to Keep Chickens From Eating Eggs

I have a new chicken. When I dropped by my brother's place last weekend, this caged and cranky bird was waiting for me in the driveway. It only took a moment for me to see why she had been removed from his thriving coop of 30 birds and placed in lock-up.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

New DNA Sexed Silkie Chicks Available

DNA TEST RESULTS
FEMALES - BEARDED BANTAM SILKIE CHICKS VARIOUS AGES

DNA TEST RESULTS
FEMALES - BEARDED BANTAM SILKIE CHICKS VARIOUS AGES
EMAIL OR TEXT ME DIRECT debbie@amberwaves.info or text to 951-444-0074

2217 - Splash Female - $110 
2212 - Partridge Female - $110  - Mozelle Sukut
2224- Partridge Female - $125
2281 - Blue Female $155
2251 - Partridge Female $155
0035 - Splash Female $155 - Sold Angela Kim
2210 - Buff Female $155 - Sold Mozelle Sukut

2282 - Paint Female $155 

Understanding The Coding On Egg Cartons | Community Chickens


Understanding The Coding On Egg Cartons | Community Chickens

Have you ever looked at all the numbers and letters on an egg carton and wondered what they all mean? I found this outline from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) very helpful. It explains the egg's grade, expiration date, packaging date, and plant code found on egg cartons sold in grocery stores.

After a lot of squawking, chicken ordinance passes in Jacksonville

After a lot of squawking, chicken ordinance passes in Jacksonville

JACKSONVILLE -- Chickens may now come home to Jacksonville to roost, but only after some feathers flew over the issue at a public meeting Monday night.The Jacksonville City Council on a 5-4 vote passed an amended ordinance that reduces restrictions for residents who want to raise a limited number of chickens in their back yards, despite strong objections from several aldermen and citizens in attendance."We have a few people in this community that want to raise chickens, and it's going to

Feather-Pecking Solutions

Feather-Pecking Solutions

Feather-Pecking Solutions 3/26/2016 10:03:31 PM Recently we had to deal with the problem of feather pecking among our laying hens. We currently have a mixed flock. We proudly own two Swedish Flower Hens, one Barred Rock, an Americauna and four Leghorns. Historically our dominant leghorn tends to be a very aggressive bird.

Monday, March 28, 2016

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Friday, March 25, 2016

Choosing Hay for Your Dairy Goats

Choosing Hay for Your Dairy Goats

How should you choose good hay for your dairy goats? Hay should be composed of plants goats like to eat, cut & cured properly for best nutritional content and storage life, and free of unwanted chemicals and weed seeds. If you can, buy hay fresh from the field of a trusted source, where you can inspect it and its growing conditions.


Raising Silkie Chickens - Countryside Network


Raising Silkie Chickens - Countryside Network

Silkies: A Distinct Chicken Breed Silkies are distinctly different from any other chicken breed. They share a unique combination of genetic and behavioral features. In 2003, a group of Japanese researchers mapped the mitochondrial DNA of a Silkie to determine the breed's genetic position in relation to other birds in the genus Gallus.

Want to own a goat in Alaska? You might need a permit for that

Want to own a goat in Alaska? You might need a permit for that

A new proposal being considered by the Alaska Board of Game would require all goat and sheep owners to have a permit. Currently sheep and goats fall under the state's "Clean List." Like cats, dogs and a variety of exotic animals including ferrets, one-humped camels and toucans, owning or selling those animals can be done without permitting.


Thursday, March 24, 2016

Having Pet Goats Is The Cutest Trend On College Campuses Right Now

Having Pet Goats Is The Cutest Trend On College Campuses Right Now

Alex Buckley's fraternity at Penn State University always wanted a pet. Most Greek houses that want one usually get a dog, because cats make for a bad frat pet and fish are boring. Since Buckley's fraternity is Lambda Chi Alpha, the brothers often joked they should get a "Lambda Chi Lamb" as a mascot, but Buckely said nobody really acted on it.


New DNA Tested Silkie Chicks Available

FEMALES

2285 - Splash Female - $110
2276 - Splash Female - $110
2222 - Buff Female - $110
2221 - Splash Female - $110 - SOLD VIRGINIA
2220 - Buff Female - $110 - SOLD VIRGINIA
2219 - White Female - $110
2217 - Splash Female - $110
2214 -Splash Female - $110
2213 - Black Female Was 2213 Los Band - $110
2212 - Partridge Female - $110
2204 - Partridge Female - $110
2202 - Black Female - $110
2201 - Black Female - $110 SOLD SOUTH DAKOTA

2282 - Blue Female - $125
2235 - White Female - $125 - SOLD SOUTH DAKOTA
2226 - Customer DNA White Female $125
2224 - Partridge Female $125

FREE Males

2279 - Splash Male - FREE
2278 - Blue Male - FREE
2223 - White Male - FREE SOLD SOUTH DAKOTA
2218 - Splash Male
2216 - Splash Male - FREE
2205 - Black Male/Partridges - FREE
2203 - Partridge Male - FREE

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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

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Gorgeous hand raised bottle baby doe added to sales list.

Beautiful new Hand Raised Bottle Baby Doe Added to Sales List.  DOB: 3/3/16  Very striking color with black.  Email for more information  debbie@amberwaves.info


Bouncy Baby Goats Captured At The Perfect Mid-Air Moment

Bouncy Baby Goats Captured At The Perfect Mid-Air Moment

It's a stunning phenomenon: Baby goats and lambs are widely known to be INSANELY bouncy. The bounciness actually has a technical term: "Stotting." Shutterstock Of domesticated animals, it's only baby goats and sheep who do this specific kind of bouncing, where they lift all four feet in the air simultaneously.

Basic Goat Shelters for Your Homestead Dairy Herd

Basic Goat Shelters for Your Homestead Dairy Herd

Homestead dairy goats need proper shelters. Ideally these would be easy to set up and move, while providing all the animals' needs. A variety of basic shelters can be based on simple, reusable pieces like cattle panels, pop-up tents, and chain-link panels. These structures make pasture-based goat management easier on a budget.

Before You Buy a Livestock Guardian Dog or Puppy


Before You Buy a Livestock Guardian Dog or Puppy

With the increasing use of livestock guardian dogs, we are seeing more inappropriate breeds or crossbred dogs being offered for sale as LGDs. Keeping these guidelines in mind will help you avoid the pitfalls or potential problems of LGD shopping, and will greatly increase your chances of success.

Raising Chickens 101: When Chickens Stop Laying Eggs

Raising Chickens 101: When Chickens Stop Laying Eggs

What to do when chickens stop laying eggs? See the sixth post of a beginner's guide to raising chickens from The Old Farmer's Almanac.


Considerations When Building a Chicken Coop

Considerations When Building a Chicken Coop

Considerations When Building a Chicken Coop 2/8/2016 9:21:00 AM This spring we will be building our fourth chicken coop. This time it is because we're moving to a new farm. Previous renditions have been experiments and expansions, and realizations of various mistakes.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Welcome Amber Waves Newest Junior Pygmy Doe

Amber Waves welcomes our newest junior doe. Thank you, Kate Whalen, for selling Tiny Dancers Bristol to us.




Jamba's Pygmies Prada Kids - Wow check out their pedigree!

Jamba's Pygmies Prada kids triplets on her first kidding. Two boys one white caramel and one black agouti and one caramel doe kid (smallest) two boys for sale not sure on female.. Check out their pedigree! All the red are champions. Pictured caramel female, black agouti male, and don't have a picture yet of white caramel buck kid.




Congratulations to our new buck winning Reserve Senior Champion and Reserve Grand Champion

Congratulations to our new buck winning Reserve Senior Champion and Reserve Grand Champion at March Madness 2016 Open Show Classes Saturday, March 12th, 2016 1st Full Open Show Judge: Rebecca Mumpower  Thank you Denise Fraser for selling him to us.



Super Sweet Reg African Pygmy Wether $375

Available Super Sweet (was hand raised bottle baby) African Pygmy Goat Registered Wether.  Excellent pet.  In your face crawl in your lap.  Our customer is moving.  Super price $375 ready forever home now. Show potential. E-mail Debbie@amberwaves.info or text 951-444-0074

Healthy Chickens, Healthy Flocks

Healthy Chickens, Healthy Flocks

Chickens are domestic livestock, so they depend on their keepers for their well-being. Their needs are simple but unless they get the care they need, they are at risk, writes Christine Heinrichs. The best defence against disease is for the flock to be clean and well nourished.


Rio Rancho ordinance would treat Pygmy goats same as dogs

Rio Rancho ordinance would treat Pygmy goats same as dogs

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (KRQE) - Renee Furst's Corrales home, the Corrales Kids Ranch, is where you can find a unique herd of her prizewinning Pygmy goats. "This is a miniature breed, a true dwarf breed," Furst said. Pygmy goats are about the size of a dog and live about 10 to 15 years.

6 things you need to know to raise urban chickens

6 things you need to know to raise urban chickens

Anne-Marie Anderson loves her chickens - she's given them all names - but occasionally one of them has to go to "freezer camp." That's a mordant reference to what happens when a rooster or a nonlaying hen gets culled from the flock. How to negotiate the emotional politics when yesterday's feathered friend turns into today's supper?

Monday, March 21, 2016

About Livestock Guardian Dogs


About Livestock Guardian Dogs

Livestock Guardian Dogs, or LGDs, have been used by shepherds and farmers for centuries. Bred and trained to instinctively protect their herd from predators, LGDs are an alternative to attempting to hunt or scare off threats to your farmyard. Read on to learn the basics for how LGDs work and tips for choosing the right livestock guardian for your homestead.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Course offers tips on raising chickens in Ulster County


Course offers tips on raising chickens in Ulster County

KINGSTON >> Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County will offer a class on starting out with chickens in the Hudson Valley from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 29, at its Education Center at Kingston Plaza.

Modern, quirky designs add personality to chicken coops

Modern, quirky designs add personality to chicken coops

Chickens are increasingly coming home to roost in coops that reflect urban living instead of a barnyard eyesore.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

The Secrets of Chicken Flocks' Pecking Order - Modern Farmer

The Secrets of Chicken Flocks' Pecking Order - Modern Farmer

Chickens are not a particularly democratic species. They have no interest in consensus-based decision-making or ensuring that every member of the flock has equal access to food and water and a good place to roost. But they do have their own ways of maintaining social order, which seem to have served their needs well enough over millennia.

GREENE COUNTY EXTENSION: Preparing for backyard poultry

GREENE COUNTY EXTENSION: Preparing for backyard poultry

When you are selecting your chickens, be sure to pick chickens that are bright, alert and active. They should have smooth, sleek and soft feathers that are free of debris or droppings.


Wednesday, March 16, 2016

The Inner Lives of Chickens: 5 Things You Never Knew About Your Beloved Birds - Modern Farmer

The Inner Lives of Chickens: 5 Things You Never Knew About Your Beloved Birds - Modern Farmer

No livestock is reared in greater numbers than chickens, and none has been studied in greater detailed. In 2004, chickens became the first bird to have their full genome sequenced, uncorking a deluge of scientific inquiry into their physiology, as well as their social behaviors and even their psychological dimensions.

Backyard flocks rise in popularity

Backyard flocks rise in popularity

Checking out the variety of breeds last week at Bowman's Feed and Pet in Westminster, Lindsay Buscher had trouble deciding which spring chick she wanted to take home. She choose seven for their unique markings and healthy appearance. "We already have 40 at home.


Backyard poultry growing: With right zoning, area residents join farm-to-table trend


Backyard poultry growing: With right zoning, area residents join farm-to-table trend

Access to fresh eggs on a daily basis is attractive to a lot of people, Contreras said. "The increasing retail price, in addition to the nutritional value of fresh eggs and meat, makes keeping chickens attractive for many families," he said.

How to Raise Chickens for Farm-Fresh Eggs - Modern Farmer

How to Raise Chickens for Farm-Fresh Eggs - Modern Farmer

It started innocently enough. In the spring of 2010, shortly after Duluth, Minnesota, passed an ordinance allowing residents to keep chickens, my husband, Jason, came home from the feed store bearing a couple of baby buff Orpingtons and three Rhode Island Reds.

Backyard chickens coming to Drummondville

Backyard chickens coming to Drummondville

People in Drummondville will soon be allowed to raise their own flock. The city authorized backyard chickens at Monday night's council meeting. Residents still have to respect certain conditions and obtain a permit from the city.


Monday, March 14, 2016

First Ever 10% Off Silkie Chicks


Consideration Factors When Selecting an Egg Incubator

Consideration Factors When Selecting an Egg Incubator

There is more than one way to hatch an egg. Often, mother hens will take care of this process themselves. However, there are circumstances that may require purchasing an incubator in order to effectively hatch eggs. Starting a Flock from Hatching Eggs: There are many situations where a breeder would start a flock from hatching eggs.

Class on raising goats, sheep offered March 15 in New Paltz, March 22 in Kingston

Class on raising goats, sheep offered March 15 in New Paltz, March 22 in Kingston

KINGSTON >> Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County is holding a class on starting out raising goats and sheep in the Hudson Valley. It will be led by livestock educator Jason Detzel, who has raised both goats and sheep for many years The class will take place March 15 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Class on raising chickens offered

Class on raising chickens offered

It doesn't get much better than frying up a couple of farm-fresh eggs that you just collected yourself. Maybe that is why so many people, whether they are on a rural acreage or an urban homestead, are becoming increasingly interested in raising chickens in their backyards.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

New DNA Sexed Bearded Bantam Silkie Chicks For Sale


New group of DNA sexed Bearded Bantam Silkies Chicks Available

Lots of Bearded Bantam Silkie Chicks Available - Straight run. Many Colors - $20 Each
Assorted Ages   White, Black, Blue, Splash, Partridge, Some Buff
 
DNA Sexed Female Chicks - Results 3/10/15

Wing Band 2242 - White - Price $115 Sold
Wing Band 2243 - Splash Price $115
Wing Band 2244 - Partridge Sold Price $115
Wing Band 2245 - Buff Price $115
Wing Band 2246 - Partridge Price $115
Wing Band 2249 Buff Price $115

Wing Band  2299 - Black  Price $125

Wing Band 2295 - Blue  Price $125

Building a Hoop Coop

Building a Hoop Coop

Building a Hoop Coop 3/11/2016 9:59:00 AM This year is shaping up to be another busy year on the homestead. Last year was a huge establishment year, while this year is about expansion and tweaking what we've done. When we built our original chicken coop (for our 15 layers), we were not anticipating more than doubling our flock.

The Chicks Are In The Mail - Ordering And Caring For Newborn Chicks

The Chicks Are In The Mail - Ordering And Caring For Newborn Chicks

For poultry enthusiasts, the first signs of spring appear around February, when hatchery catalogs appear in their mailboxes or inboxes. Place an order, and in just a few short weeks, boxes of peeping chicks arrive for pickup at the post office.


Friday, March 11, 2016

Congratulations Dina S

Congratulations Dina S on the purchase of Justine a Registered African Pygmy doe kid. Hand raised bottle baby.

Congratulations Stephanie G

Congratulations Stephanie G

Congratulations Stephanie G on the purchase of two African Pygmy Wethers  Spenser and Midnight Run


DIY goat poop worm analysis

DIY goat poop worm analysis

As with our bees, I hate the idea of pumping chemicals into our goats unless I'm positive they have a problem with worms. The solution to this dilemma is what scientists euphemistically refer to as a fecal exam and what I call a goat poop analysis.

How to Build a Chicken Coop for First-Timers - Countryside Network

How to Build a Chicken Coop for First-Timers - Countryside Network

What does a chicken coop need for my chickens to be happy and healthy? How to build a chicken coop and all the many features that can be built in or around them can be overwhelming for the first time coop builder. If you're preparing to build your first coop, I know the question on your mind.

Tips for Training Goats to Electric Net Fences

Tips for Training Goats to Electric Net Fences

Portable fences made of electrifiable netting allow practical movement and protection of small livestock on pasture. It's important to use and maintain the nets properly, and to train goats to respect the barrier for their own safety and security. Well-managed net fencing offers significant benefits to the health of herds and pastures, and to the homesteader's peace of mind.

Keeping Backyard Chickens May Be Easier Than You Think

Keeping Backyard Chickens May Be Easier Than You Think

Rebecca Lach has always wanted to live on a farm. A few years ago, when she realized that was never going to happen, she decided to do the next best thing: build a chicken coop, and get six backyard laying hens. Lach gave me a tour of her flock.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

What you need to know about keeping backyard chickens

What you need to know about keeping backyard chickens

Always dreamed of fresh eggs for breakfast? Times - and some Midlands municipalities - are making that idea easier. Forest Acres is one of the latest cities to allow chickens to be kept in the backyard, with some restrictions. Others that allow them include the city of Columbia, Cayce, Chapin and Lexington.

Waupaca to allow chickens

Waupaca to allow chickens

Ordinance prohibits roosters, more than five hens By Angie Landsverk Residents of single-family and two-family districts in Waupaca may now have up to five chickens. The Waupaca Common Council approved the ordinance by a vote of 9-1 during its March 1 meeting. Chuck Whitman voted against it.


Monday, March 7, 2016

Love our new pygmys

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Love our new pygmys
" Amber waves is a wonderfully clean and organized facility where it is obvious that the animals are loved and cared for. I would be confident to recommend Amber waves to anyone who is interested in a goat or other animal that they breed. Once we are settled with our goats and they are a little older we will go back to start with chickens. That they breed. Once we are settled with our goats and they are a little older we will go back to start with chickens. "


Beginner's Equipment Guide to Raising Chickens for Eggs - Countryside Network

Beginner's Equipment Guide to Raising Chickens for Eggs - Countryside Network

Choosing the Best Bedding for Chickens, and Water Fount, Feeder and Equipment for Your New Flock What is the best bedding for chickens won't be the only question you have as you set up your first brooder. As you await the arrival of your new chicks, you will most likely be researching what you will need.

Lice - The art of goat care

Lice - The art of goat care

Goat lice come in two varieties - biting lice, and sucking lice. Both are non-transmittable to humans as they are species specific, but can be a bit of a pain to get rid of as they are highly contagious to other goats. That said, they are not impossible to deal with, it just takes persistence and some TLC.

Backyard chicken bylaws are working for many Metro Vancouver residents

Backyard chicken bylaws are working for many Metro Vancouver residents

Backyard chicken farmers may seem like a rare breed, but their flock continues to grow. When Vancouver city councillors OK'd backyard chickens in 2010, just 13 people stepped forward to register hens. At least 220 other residents have since taken up the hobby, and with new registrations coming in at a record-breaking pace, impressions that backyard eggs are just a flash in the pan may be overdone.

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Raising Silkie Chickens - Countryside Network

Raising Silkie Chickens - Countryside Network

Silkies: A Distinct Chicken Breed Silkies are distinctly different from any other chicken breed. They share a unique combination of genetic and behavioral features. In 2003, a group of Japanese researchers mapped the mitochondrial DNA of a Silkie to determine the breed's genetic position in relation to other birds in the genus Gallus.


Friday, March 4, 2016

DNA FEMALE BEARDED BANTAM SILKIE CHICKS AVAILABLE - Listed 3/4/16

DNA FEMALE BEARDED BANTAM SILKIE CHICKS AVAILABLE

•Wing Band 2294 - Blue  $125
•Wing Band 2299 - Black $125
•Wing Band 2297 - Buff  $125
•Wing Band 2292 - Blue $125
•Wing Band 2295 - Blue  $125
•Wing Band 2293 - White $125


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Learn How to Build a Goat Shelter

Learn How to Build a Goat Shelter

Use free wood pallets to build a small, inexpensive goat shelter.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Pygmy Goat Sales List Updated

Pygmy Goat Sales List Updated March 1, 2016 - Ship Worldwide - Lots of hand raised bottle babies! Doe Kids, Bred Does, Proven breeding bucks...  http://amberwaves.info/salepygmy.htm

Amber Waves Mama Kids Triplets

 Amber Waves Mama kids triplets sire 4X Reserve Grand Champion  Proverbial Pygmies Worth The Wait - 1- Rare Brown Agouti Buck and 2 black Agouti Doe kids.




What to Feed Chickens for More & Healthier Eggs (Sponsored) - Countryside Network

What to Feed Chickens for More & Healthier Eggs (Sponsored) - Countryside Network

Sea Buckthorn Benefits Your Chickens and Your Health Why do people keep hens in their backyard? For the fresh eggs, of course! Eggs are an excellent source of protein, and contain 12 essential vitamins, minerals and amino acids. Here's a bonus egg fact: eggs - even those fresh from your backyard chickens - are one of the most affordable sources of protein.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Small Farm Sheep and Goat Program

Small Farm Sheep and Goat Program

Posted on February 29, 2016 by Mike Metzger , Michigan State University Extension Michigan is the ideal place to start a small sheep or goat farm. With our excellent markets for sheep and goat meat, and our ideal climate for growing pasture, small farm production on sheep and goats can be profitable.

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