Alpacas

M Worm and Alpacas

M Worm, or Meningeal Worm is a parasite most US & southern Canadian alpaca owners need to be aware of. The effects of this parasite can cause paralysis or death in alpacas, but there are steps you can take to keep your herd safe. The story of the meningeal worm The meningeal worm’s natural host …

Ducks

Angel Wing in Ducks

Angel Wing is a wing deformity that can occur with ducks while they are still growing. A duck with Angel Wing has the flight feathers on one or both wings twist away from the body so they stick out instead of laying flat around their midsection. The main feathers in the wing grow over each …

Alpacas

Alpacas for Beginners

In 2020 we grew our farm with the addition of two super sweet, super fluffy alpacas. Anytime you add a new type of animal to the farm, there is a ton of new information to learn. Alpacas are no exception. They were our first foray into larger livestock so there was even more to learn. …

Rabbits

Colony Raised Rabbits

When raising animals – either livestock or pets – it’s always going to be easiest to work with the animal’s natural instincts. You are not going to win a fight against nature, and it will make for happier animals! When it comes to raising rabbits, many people keep them in separate cages where they live …

Chickens

Vaccines for your Chicken Flock

Disclaimer: I am NOT a veterinarian, just an animal owner & lover sharing my opinions and experiences.  Any advice on caring for animals or diagnosing & treating medical conditions for animals should be evaluated by a trained veterinarian.  Whenever possible, you should always have your sick or injured bird evaluated & treated by a trained …

Recipes

Peachy Pear Jam

This is one of my favorite recipes from childhood, and the very first thing I canned once I learned how! It’s still the one thing I have to can every year. The bright summery taste of fresh peaches and fresh pears is amazing on toast, bagels, or biscuits on a snowy January morning (and all …