Bini Spisak

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That is just the sort of stuff I was looking for! These are the things that don't get told right up front when you are looking to buy a property. I will definitely look more into these different areas and keep all of this in mind if I do get the chance to move there. Also, feel free to tell any interesting stories all information is useful, even if only for entertainment purposes! This is not quite permie related, but I really haven't had a specific place in mind when just browsing through the information and the little bit of house searching I have done, but I do suppose that I would need to also know about hospitals and any other relevant healthcare information since I would be more than likely working in a hospital, if only at first. I have heard some stuff through others in my career field but that was more second hand and filtered through the people in the field rather than what it is like to actually participate in healthcare out their as a patient, which is always a good thing to know! Thanks so much for all the good tips and information so far, hopefully it will keep coming!
3 years ago
Thanks for the resource! That will certainly give me something to think about and spend time reading. It would make sense that there is less of a carry capacity given that Ohio recieves much more rainfall and is much more lush for more of the year, but an idea of number is helpful since things like more and less can be rather abstract and hard to plan    
3 years ago
I have lived my whole life in Northeast Ohio. I love it here and have learned what works best for this area for my needs, wants, and goals. A couple years ago I took a trip to Arizona and fell in love with it! I didn't think that I would really ever move out there at the time of the trip, but I have recently discovered some potential career changes and information that makes moving out there a real possibility. However, I know very little about what would be required, the pros and cons, of living out there. I love my various livestock animals, horses, sheep, goats, and chickens and would want to continue living with them if I did make the move, so more of my concern is how would you incorporate animals into a sustainable system in that climate/environment. Any tips about plants and energy sources/resources would be great too! Also, I would love, if someone has it, some information about being off the grid in this area. My fiance has been casually looking up real estate in this area but gets concerned about seeing "off the grid". He is completely fine living in a rural area and having things like solar panels and the like. His big area of hesitation has been surrounding water and sewer/septic (I have finally semi-convinced him about composting toilets!) I haven't come up with a solid enough reason or evidence to convince him that we would be okay with animals and not having a city water hook up. He is used to having a well (as that is what we currently have, but says that there aren't wells out there so we would need city water to supply enough water for us, the animals, and plants). Sorry that was kind of all over the place but any bit of information or advice is welcome!
3 years ago
I am not able to separate the males because they all free range together. Plus, as mean as they are to each other if they are not together they throw a fit!

I have looked in to getting more females some how but every place I have seen only sells as straight run, so I would still have to deal with extra males that I don't want unless I was incredibly lucky and got a straight run batch of all females. I also have had some very bad experiences with trading animals, even with people that I knew well and thought I could trust, so I really don't like the idea of giving/selling animals.

I have no problem taking an animal to be euthanized or calling a vet to do it if it is what is needed to prevent undue suffering to an animal, because I agree that if I am to take responsibility than that responsibility includes unfavorable situations in which ending a life is kinder than allowing an animal to suffer. However, if a vet euthanizes an animal then any meat that could be gained is now unusable. If I am going to end the life of a perfectly healthy animal I want it to not be wasted and I believe that using the meat from it would be the best way to do that (even if I am not the one that is going to eat it). BUT that is the part that I am not okay with. I just really don't think that I could kill them myself. I might have found someone that would be willing to come over and do it for me and help me learn how to butcher humanely, which is more and more looking like what is going to happen. I was just trying to give these jerks of birds a chance at living a full life if I could help it since they do still do a good job at eating all the bugs!

I was also trying to get a feel for various options because I was looking into getting dairy goats for the milk, since I still use dairy at our place and I really would like my food to be as homegrown as possible. But I know that if I have goats that are producing milk I am going to have baby goats that I will need to do something with and I know that I will get way more attached to a goat then I would a guinea.
5 years ago
We have guinea fowl that we got for pest patrol, because all the other methods that we tried did nothing to get rid of the crazy amount of ticks at our place. I went with the guineas because we do use eggs, so that wouldn't be a big problem and we have not let the raise any keets of their own. However, we lost some of our female guineas to pneumonia over the summer, so now we have too many males and they are just beating each other up. Strangely enough, the males are not beating up on each other, but rather seriously picking on the females. So I think we need to reduce our male population. However, I had never planned on having to cull anything from our flock because I was very careful in the beginning to make sure we didn't have to many males or to let the raise any excess young. I have to admit I am just a softy and really don't want to kill anything, especially something I raised. I was wondering what your suggestions would be for reducing the amount of males before they hurt the females. I really don't want to kill anything, but if I had to the meat would not go to waste as I know people that would eat it or at the very least our dogs would get it. Suggestions anyone?
5 years ago
I have Pomeranians at the moment. Although I would like to maybe try an Embden, pilgrim or American buff in the future. I have figured that the geese are pretty much their own "people" and do what the want when they want. The 2 yr old ones have just quit laying eggs after having laid for basically a year or so straight. They started laying in December when they were like nine months old and have been laying since then. They went broody this spring, but nothing hatched so I got rid of the eggs when they started to go bad and that has been it. I am interested to see what they decide to do next, especially because I have no idea what made them lay eggs like that to begin with.
5 years ago
Thanks! I was pretty much planning on going about it like that and figured everything should be okay, but I just needed some reassurance I wasn't too thrilled about the timing of bringing the new ones home, but giving the situation they were in I didn't have much choice in when I got them if I wanted to get them at all. Is there a specific part of the year that is considered breeding season or does it vary depending on where you live based on your weather? Given that these are my first geese I have a lot to learn still I gathered that breeding season is like the end of winter (like March or so) until the end of spring (like the end of May or so)? Is that right?
5 years ago
I have an existing flock of 8, 2 year old geese who are very friendly and really like people and I recently brought home three 1 year old geese. Long story short the 3 geese are pretty terrified of everything and don't really act like normal geese in my opinion. I am trying to get all of them to get along in one group. Is this even possible? What would be the best way to go about doing so if it is? How concerned should I be about my existing flock picking up "bad habits" (being scared of everything) from the new geese?
5 years ago
I would agree that there is a personality conflict. I got one more of them back last night for a total of three of them. They aren't mean, but boy are they terrified of everything! They practically jump out of their skin if I go near the pen just to give them more food and water. Other than having to catch the one to treat her abscess I have been pretty much leaving them be and not forcing the issue with how close they want to be with me, plus they seem to be very confused as to why the other geese aren't afraid of me. I did get a few pictures of them this morning, although they aren't great.
5 years ago
Thank you for the very detailed response. I really do appreciate it. I will try to get some pictures of them tonight. The thing that I can't understand about this situation is that they have sheep and dogs also and take absolutely wonderful care of them, i.e. prompt medical care, shelter, the best food, etc. However the geese and ducks just do not get the same care. I just will never able to figure that out. I only originally agreed to let them have the geese because I saw how well the other animals are cared for and because they had decent accommodations for shelter and predator protection at first. They liked the way that the geese behaved when they were like three to four months old, but once they turned about 6 months old and started acting more like adult geese in temperament they didn't like how "mean" they were. The reason they give for not giving them back is that there is one goose that will not come anywhere near them and just has learned to keep her mouth shut and they think that somehow they will train all the other geese to be like that one. This situation has really been bothering me and it is nice to see that there is at least one person that agrees with me that geese are long lived animals that have long term memories and emotional live to go along with that. I just love how personable and goofy my other geese are and feel terrible for allowing this to become of the other ones.
5 years ago