Goat Diseases – Protecting Your Goats From Common Illnesses

Like other farm animals, goats also suffer from various diseases especially if they fail to take occasional vaccination. These goat diseases may be bacterial, viral, or parasitic among others. As most of these diseases can be hardly determined due to their identical symptoms, it would be advisable for owners to have them checked up every once in a while for the benefit of the goat and for the safety of your farm.

Ketosis (Acetonemia) is one of the most common goat diseases because of the animal’s inclination to concentrated food. Another problem that farmers deal with is when the goat becomes profoundly infested with worms. This goat disease is known as ‘big head.’ You can tell when the goat has big head if it suddenly develops a swollen head accompanied by paleness of skin. This should not be confused with bloating, another common problem with goats. By observing your goat, you will notice that it frequently urinates, appears anxious, and behaves differentl

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What You Need to Know About Koi Fish

The Koi fish is an ornamental fish that has been domesticated from the common carp. They are usually kept outdoors and serve as decoration to many gardens. It’s fairly common to see koi ponds in Japan, although the history shows that they originally come from China. One of the things that distinguish them is the wide variety of colors they can have – from red to blue, black to white, and even gold or pink – as well as some type of scales and patterns.

For Japanese people, koi are like a lucky charm. They believe the koi represents love, luck, wealth, a successful career and prosperity. Each Japanese Koi is usually linked to a different symbol: a blue koi is meant for serenity; the gold koi brings wealth; the blue, red and gray koi bring positivity; the metallic koi brings business success. It’s not uncommon to see in Japan some Japanese koi being passed down from generation to generation, as a family tradition.

Besides its beauty, the koi has a

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Personality and Behaviours of Persian Cats

General Description

Persian cats are beautiful, social and harmless pet animal. It is also called Iranian cats or Shirizi cats. The scientific name of this pet animal is Felis catus. Persians have silky shiny fur, round face, glowing eyes and long hairs on whole body. The cats are generally famous for quiet and sweet behaviors. They usually sought permission on entering to gathering. Although, valid reason of its long hair is not known, however, the scientists declared it as a result of natural mutation.

In 1626, an Italian citizen Mr. Pietro Della Valle introduced a long-haired cat in Europe at the first time. Probably, it was brought to Europe by traders from Middle East. In the beginning, these cats were known as Asiatic cats and available in one color. The credit goes to Persian scientists, who developed its breed. Now, Persians are found in different colors including bi-color.

The average lifespan of this cat is fifteen years. Mo

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Keeping Dogs Safe Near Fire Pits

When the winter cold finally breaks and temperatures begin to rise, it becomes more of a necessity to get outside and enjoy your backyard and the fire pit. While there is quite a bit of fun to be had using this area as a family, it is important to use safe practices to protect everyone from danger, especially your dog. There are several steps that you can take to keep your dog from getting hurt.

If you are like many dog owners, you will probably want to keep your pet with you as often as possible. There are many tie out kits that will allow your friend to stay nearby, but still a safe distance from the fire to prevent them from being hurt. Depending on where you place the chain, the dog may be able to wrap the line around the legs of your seats or chairs. While this is yet another thing that you should be weary of, it is possible to adjust the lead area so your dog won’t be hurt or interrupt you or your guests.

Pet care supplies have advanced greatly and in turn,

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Turkey Behavior – Simple Tips To Understand Their Behaviors When Rearing Turkeys

Some children want a dog or a cat to be their playmate everyday. But some consider rare animals to be their pets. Many of you may find it unusual to have a turkey pet. But for your information, since decades ago, turkeys have been kept as pets. In fact, the son of Abraham Lincoln kept a turkey as the first White house turkey pet because of its social turkey behavior.

Farm Sanctuary, one of the animal welfare groups, testified that turkeys are intelligent and very sociable animals. They can be compared to dogs when it comes to companionship and reliability. Former US President George W. Bush once noted in his 2001 National Thanksgiving Presentation speech that keeping turkeys as pets is an old and still existing tradition of the generation and recommended to continue it.

There are two kinds of turkeys according to their breed and turkey behavior. One is the wild turkey and the other is the domestic turkey. Domestic turkeys are the ones born and living in a commercial po

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Tank Requirements For Discus Fish

For Discus fish, there are 2 consideration in tanks – tank depth and volume. Because of their size and swimming habits, a minimum of 18″ is needed for tank depth, the deeper the better. Regarding volume, a good rule of thumb is that each adult discus will need 10 gallons of water. Larger tanks will also give more stable water conditions, and taking into account other considerations the minimum size for a discus show tank should be no less than 55 gallons. It is also advisable to use a rectangular tank. Not only are they cheaper, but are more efficient, because they maximize surface area. Surface area is the most important factor in buying a tank. Why? Because it is only at the surface of the tank that gas exchange occurs. (Oxygen in, Carbon dioxide out.) Assuming you have a seventy five gallon show tank, and it’s biological filter is working as required, up to twenty young fish 3 inches in size, or 6 or 8 fully adult discus can comfortably inhabit the tank.

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Don’t Do This to Your Cat – It Might Upset Him

What Makes Cats Unhappy?

Cats are among the most popular pets worldwide. This is because they are adorable, playful, funny, and curious as well as low maintenance as compared to dogs and other animals. They are very peculiar though and every feline has a list of things they like and dislike. Here are 6 of the things that they usually hate.

Car Rides

Cats, like humans, have habits. They have their own territory and routines plus they really hate it when changes take place. In addition, the idea of a moving vehicle makes them feel confused and unhappy. However, there is one good reason why cats do not like cars. They have the tendency to experience motion sickness and vomit because of anxiety.


There is an old tale about cats hating to get wet. First of all, unlike humans and dogs, cats do not need to be bathed since they are good at grooming themselves. There are some breeds though like the big cats, which love the wet stuff. Generally, a regul

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Family Dogs Provide More Than Companionship During Childhood Development

Family Dogs Provide More than Companionship During Childhood Development

So your children like dogs. They know someone who has a dog at school. They want a dog they bug you endlessly to get one. Maybe you had one at their age. You think it’s a good idea. But you worry about the cost of dog ownership, the responsibility and the investment value. What else will dog owning do during childhood development to make ALL THIS WORTH IT!

Family Dogs Have Intrinsic Investment Value for Children

I have owned a dog before on my own and during our family’s early years of childhood. I started this blog as my dog aged. There were so many questions I had about senior dogs as I progressed through that journey. Along the way our dog Titan was joined by our daughter, Caroline, who was born in the summer of 2011.

I kept writing about dogs while on maternity leave, but I quickly took on a new interest; family dogs and childhood development. It was eas

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Teaching Cows to Count

Cows have a 9-month gestation so it is a long wait from conception to birth. This is anticipatory interval is expected, but farmers and ranchers are always hoping too that they have fertile cows and bulls. It is tragic and costly in the livestock industry for a cow to not render a calf each year. While livestock folk figure on a 10-20% loss each year, the loss of even one hurts. Sometimes this loss is made up for by the production of twins. We had one cow who carried this genetic strain so the double delivery year after year was exciting and helped fill the ratio gap.

The delivery of twins also taught me about cows and math. It appears that nature has endowed cows with the ability to count to one and not beyond. So when the first calf tumbles out of the womb, Mama turns around and licks it dry while encouraging it to latch onto her utter to nurse. In the meantime a second calf might drop to the gorund, but Mama, delighted with one is quite likely to walk away with the first b

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What Fish Are Best for Aquaponics?

Setting up an Aquaponics system is great fun. Getting the right fish to put in is one of the crucial step. To know what species of fish to keep in your pond, you should first ask what your intentions of keeping fish are. If you are raising fish to be eaten, you may choose a different species than if you are simply them for feeding your plants.

What fish are best for Aquaponics? You have many choices and you may do well with one of the following:


They live in shallow streams, river, ponds and lakes. Their primary source of food is algae or any other plant based food. They grow very fast and reproduce a lot. They are may be kept for food as they are a very rich protein source. They are very popular with commercial fisheries and artisanal. Tilapia requires warm water and is therefore not suitable for areas with freezing conditions.

Jade Perch

This is an Australian native fish that has the highest levels of ome

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