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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in Animal Care.

In this badge you will be performing a routine inspection of your 4 Legged Animals' food, water, production quality, and overall habitat.



Step 1: Check Their Water Source
- Rinse out the basin/nipples for their waterer. If there is signs of build up/grossness wash out the waterer with your choice of cleaner.
- Check to make sure the water source is full/ample.
- Visual inspection of their water quality; looking for signs of rusting, inappropriate algal growth, and other gick. If found address the problem.  


Step 2: Check Their Food Source
- Check that their feeder is full. (If forage feed only, describe how you check they are getting ample feed.)
- Check feed stock for mold, unwanted moisture, or sign of rodents/pests.


Step 3: Animal Check
- Inspect animals for health and production of your desired animal product


Step 4: Safety/Wellness Check
- Inspect shelter (if present) for quality of bedding. If poor, change over/add additional bedding/address the problem.
- Inspect shelter for sharp objects & over head hazards (protruding nails, staples, loose chicken wire, unaffixed heavy objects, ect). Address any problems identified.
- Inspect shelter and surrounding area for signs of predators (dig marks, holes in fencing, scat, ect). Address any problems identified.


To complete this BB, the minimum requirements are:

- Complete and document a routine daily check for your 4 Legged Animals

To document the completion of the BB, provide the photos or video (<2 min) of the following:

- Photos/video of your animal waterer before and after your check.
- Photos/video of your animal feed/feeder before and after your check.
- Photos/video of your animal check
- Photos/video of your shelter before and after a safety/wellness issue was addressed
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Here is my submission for the Daily Check of 4-Legged Animals BB - Animal Care Aspect - sand.

To document the completion of the BB, I provide the following photos:

- animal waterer before and after your check.
- Photos/video of your animal feed/feeder before and after your check.
- Photos/video of your animal check
- Photos/video of your shelter before and after a safety/wellness issue was addressed

The fencing looked good - no signs of digging - all animals present and account for  :)
The hay barn had some tools that needed to be put away safely - and the hay tarp had come undone - hoses need to be straightened
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Water barrels - need to be rinsed
Water barrels - need to be rinsed
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Clean and full water barrels
Clean and full water barrels
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Hay Feeder - soggy leftovers
Hay Feeder - soggy leftovers
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clean hay feeders
clean hay feeders
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Animals - Alert and Interested
Animals - Alert and Interested
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Four Sheep - awaiting grain
Four Sheep - awaiting grain
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Everybody is interested in food
Everybody is interested in food
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tools and live trap in pathway
tools and live trap in pathway
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area cleaned up - tools put up -photo shows clear path to gate
area cleaned up - tools put up -photo shows clear path to gate
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hoses all tangled and in the way
hoses all tangled and in the way
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hoses lined up against fence with open ends downhill for draining - prep for winter storage
hoses lined up against fence with open ends downhill for draining - prep for winter storage
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exposed hay
exposed hay
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exposed hay 2 - another angle
exposed hay 2 - another angle
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hay is tarped
hay is tarped
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I certify this BB complete!

 
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Here is a photo record for this BB of my daily check on my goats and their quarters.

Water bucket needs cleaning and filling.

It tends to get slimy on the bottom, so it gets a daily wiping out.

Clean water bucket with fresh water.

Hay feeder needs tidying up and filling.

Goats were inside all day yesterday due to heavy rain, so they need fresh bedding.

I use deep litter bedding, so a daily chore is to top it off with wasted hay from the hay feeder wasted hay tray.

A fresh layer of bedding.

Filling with oat hay (a goat favorite).

Hay feeder cleaned out and freshly filled.

Last item to check is grain feeders.

I rely primarily on forage and hay to feed my goats. I only use grain as a supplement, which I offer twice a day and only as much as they need to keep good condition.

I check condition by feeling their hips, ribs, and shoulders.

I'm looking to feel bones but with a little layer of padding. If I can't feel their skeletal structure, then they're fat and I'm feeding too much. If they feel bony, I increase the amount of grain.

Feeders get wiped out twice a day.

Feeders are clean and Ellie's hoping I'll fill them, but she'll have to make do with hay until evening chore time.


So everything looks good, with no safety issues at present. Hopefully, it will stop raining so the goats can go out to graze today.

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I certify this BB complete!

 
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Dirty water bucket. I had put soap in it 3 days ago. hence the bubbles.


rain water for the goats in the winter!                                                           Cleaned!
 

Goats are out of sea salt and seaweed                                                            Refilled
 

Hay storage                                                                                              Hay looks good


Hay feeder before                                                                                       Hay feeder after
 

Deep bedding before                                                                                  Hazard pallet


Pallet removed and clean bedding


Goats were present and engaging with me while i was in there. They look good to me!


Staff note (Mike Barkley) :

I certify this BB is complete.

 
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