No farm is complete without dogs. Here’s a couple we have:
There are all kinds of dogs on the farm. Not just on our farm of course, but all over the world. There are many breeds that are in the working class, including such dogs as:
American Farm Collie
Australian Cattle Dog
Bernese Mountain Dog
Greater Swiss Mountain Dog
Old English Sheepdog
Dogs can perform many useful functions. Besides being great companions for people, they can be general guard dogs, or they can be livestock guardian dogs. The latter type of working dogs are meant to stay with their charges all the time, and keep them safe from predators.
On our farmstead we happen to have a farm collie and a Maremma sheepdog. But there many other good breeds for the farm. Decide what you need the dog to do, then go looking at different breeds to see which most closely matches you needs.
Do keep in mind, however, that just because a breed is supposed to be good at a certain thing, like herding, once in a while a particular dog does NOT have the trait mentioned for that breed. Dogs are individuals, and while most have the breed characteristics, it’s not a 100% given that every dog of that breed will.
To find the breed that will most likely suit your needs, check out a breed selector like the one found on Animal Planet. It can help guide you through finding dogs that meet your needs. You choose from the various criteria, like size of the dog, length of the dog coat, and more, to aide the selection process.
Choose wisely so both you and the dog will be happy with your choice!
Quail Hatching. . .
If you are interested in raising quail, a good way to get started is hatching some eggs. You can order them from hatcheries, or if you’re lucky, you might be able to find a friend or nearby breeder that has some for sale.
Here’s some information on how to hatch the quail eggs. It always helps to learn as much as you can before trying this on your own. Give yourself every opportunity to get a good hatch rate by doing it right!
Hatching Quail Eggs – Important Tips to Facilitate Egg Hatching
Author: G. Smitty
In the food industry bird eggs are commonly used in many dishes. They are known for their versatility and are very important in modern food business. Bird eggs that are usually used include eggs of duck, chicken, goose, emu, quail, gulls and ostrich just to name a few. In fact, quail eggs are a delicacy in many countries. They are considered to be a gourmet ingredient. Quail eggs can be obtained from local farmers, luxury grocery shops or poultry owners. Quail eggs can be used raw or in cooked form in sushi. Many countries you will find that a hard-boiled quail egg are used as a topping over hamburgers or hotdogs. Due to its universal and exotic appeal hatching quail eggs is a lucrative activity.
Firstly, you will need an incubator that can be used to hatch quail eggs. Try and go in for an incubator that does not require any external ventilation. In fact you must prefer an incubator that has ventilating holes to circulate the air within. This area is like a refuge and safe place to the eggs in the mother’s absence. Eggs are hatched and rested in the incubator.
When you are hatching quail eggs, place the eggs with the nose down in the incubator. This means that the small side must face downwards. For an equal incubation on both sides you could turn the eggs twice or thrice during the day. Eggs create their own energy and this energy is used for hatching. Maintain sixty five percent humidity in the incubator and ensure that the temperature is appropriate. Quail eggs take anywhere between twenty two to twenty five days for hatching.
The following tips will help you to hatch quail eggs:
1) Do not add too much water to the machine else it will raise the humidity. An advice here to you is that do not add any water during the incubation process.
2) If you have a still air machine you must set the temperature at 38.5-39 Celsius or 103.1-102.2 degree Fahrenheit. In case your machine has a fan that helps to circulate air, the temperature should be 38 Celsius or 100.4 degree Fahrenheit. You must keep a check on the temperature and at the same time do not adjust it several times once the eggs are in.
3) Before you place the eggs in the incubator let them stand at room temperature for a few hours.
4) Regularly turn the eggs for equal incubation. It is ideal to turn them once in the morning, once in the afternoon and lastly once in the evening. In case your incubator has an automatic turning machine ensure that it is working fine. After the fifteenth day you must not turn the eggs.
5) After 6 days it is possible to check fertility of the eggs with the help of a candling lamp. The embryo must be clearly visible and red in color. After 14 days in case the eggs have become fertile, there will not be light passing through. Take proper care to see that eggs are not overheated in the testing process. Another point to be noted is that it is not necessary that if they are fertile they will all make it out of the shell.
6) Do not open the incubator after the 15th day. Let the baby chicks dry out completely before you remove them.
7) Clean the machine properly after every hatch. The above tips will benefit you a lot and surely help you in hatching quail eggs.
About the Author – G. Smitty is a writer who loves to discuss many topics ranging from bobwhite quail eggs to professional basketball. Thanks for reading!
A Maremma Livestock Guardian Dog is a great help with sheep. They stand duty 24/7, staying with their flock and watching over them. They will also guard goats or other animals. They bond closest to whatever animals they were kept with as pups, but that doesn’t mean they won’t look after other animals as well.
They are not as common as Great Pyrenees dogs, so are a little hard to find. You may have to travel to obtain one.