Goats/Re: The birds

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Good Afternoon Donna,
I heard u were on vacation i hope u thoroughly enjoyed your vacation! I hope alls well.. Baby jiggy is doing just fine along with momma.. We still don't know the sex of the kid but my sister thinks its a girl. Anyways i have a question Re: The birds. U know i'm giving them scratch feed with cracked corn & something else thats mixed in & i heard they love mealworms so i went online at jefferslivestock to get some dehydrated mealworms & so far everyday i mixed it with their scratch feed & sometimes i sprinkle it on the ground so they can look for it to eat & mind u it costs a fortune for a 7 oz. bag $ 16.95 wheww!.. However i heard that too much is not good for them is this true? When i googled mealworms for hens & roosters they said they buy these for them to eat as snacks ONLY.. So i was just wondering. I don't want them to get sick.. I also bought shelled sunflower seeds & i mixed it with the scratch feed today & they did not touch it AT ALL! Oh boy i guess i'm spoiling them like i did Migi & if these mealworm munchies are to be eaten only as snacks i better STOP feeding them everyday.. They do however eat their srcatch feed but i guess b/c i put the sunflower seeds in they didn't even eat the scratch feed. Also Donna u know its been so windy this whole week & u know Henry & Henrietta roosts up in the tree & one of the branch perch is kinda weak & wobbly due to the wind making it weak & Henry fell twice yesterday but flew back up on the tree.. I thought hens & roosters have firm grip on their feet? Yes/No?? & don't fall off their perches? So we're going to try to connect a wooden pole to see if that works. I feel sorry for henry b/c he his perch is about to give way. Any ideas would certainly be appreciated. Thanks Donna! Luv to u & the goats!

Luv,
Me & Migi & the birds

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Hi there. Nice time off, yes. Chickens are not made really to perch on small limbs. Re their food. Sometimes it takes a while for chickens to get used to new food.  We feed ours a combination of cracked corn and a chicken crumble feed with some bread and lettuce on the side. Hope this helps. Love to all.

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Donna Ruelas-Semasko/Edelweiss Acres

Expertise

All goat health care, nutrition, judging questions about all goats - packgoats, dairy goats, pygmy goats, meat goats, fleece goats.

Experience

27 years health care/nutrition of all types of goats, 17 years experience in packgoats, 20 years experience in 4H goat projects as leader, superintendent and judge. 20 years experience in putting on goat care/nutrition seminars.

Organizations
NAPgA, The Evergreen Packgoat Club, 4H, ADGA.

Publications
Hobby Farm, many newspapers, 4H newsletters, Packgoat Manuals (youth and general), judging information pamphlets, seminar handouts about health care and nutrition.

Education/Credentials
4 years of college, ongoing education in goats.

Awards and Honors
Small Farm Award of Thurston County

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