Thursday, September 30, 2010

10 Funky Farm Animals

As much fun as exotic pets are, imagine owning an exotic livestock animal.  People seldom give thought to owning exotic farm animals.. mostly because a lot of people do not have the land needed, but many hobby farmers are taking a liking to owning exotic, and rare breed, farm animals.  Here, at the cabin, we use some hair sheep to keep the grass trimmed down nice and short.  Oh look, there is a nice young ram chewing the grass right now!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Will I find an Unhatched Chick in the Eggs from the Store?

Have you ever wondered what are the chances of finding an unhatched, but partially formed chick, are in the eggs you buy from the grocery store?  We sometimes hear "stories" of this happening, but does it really occur?

Chances are what some people think is a growing chick is actually the tiny strands that hold the yolk in place in the center of the egg.  These strands are white and break when the egg is cracked.  They snap back next to the yolk and could look like a tiny growing chick.

Blood spots in eggs are also natural and are not a growing chick.

There are actual reasons why the chances of finding a chick in an egg from the grocery store are zero.  In fact the ONLY way this would happen in grocery store eggs is if somebody intentionally took a fertilized egg and stuck it in with the other eggs as a prank.

In the egg industry chicks are sexed at the age of one day, females have their beaks cut, wings cut, get vaccinated, and get sent off to grow up.  Male chicks are mostly put into a meat grinder.  As such there are no males with the hens that will be laying eggs.  Mature hens lay eggs daily even without a male present.  With no rooster around the eggs are not fertile and cannot grow chicks.

Further more the eggs roll away from the hen instantly and are chilled; as such even if a rooster had been with the hen the egg would never be incubated (warmed) enough for a chick to grow inside.  Before they are put into their cartons, they are screened and any egg with an anomaly is removed, so even if there was a chance of an unhatched chick being in an egg, the screening process would have those eggs culled.

On rare occasion when people claim they find an actual chick in the egg it is usually a prank or a major mistake with "farm fresh" eggs; if somebody was very sloppy in collecting the eggs and took one that had been incubated for at least 10 days.

One of my hens.

Read How Chicken Eggs are Formed - freaky pictures - be warned

Remember, to buy eggs from happy hens, always pick those sold at the farmer's market where the hens are cage free.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

What to do When a Child Brings Home an Animal and Asks to Keep it

Many parents are dumbfounded what they should do when their child brings home an animal and wants to keep it.  This could occur with a stray pet, or a wild animal.  There are laws and restrictions about what you can, and cannot, do.  Knowing the right thing is very important.  Not only are you acting in the best interest of the animal, but the law, and the animals real owner too!

At the Animal Cabin we want to make sure everyone knows what is the right thing to do to help the animal as best you can.

Just because your kids have found a pet and want to keep it does not mean they can.  Even if you are okay with them having a pet there may be legal issues.  That pet had an owner, and that owner is legally entitled to get it back.

As such the first thing you should do when your children bring home a pet they have found is to check it for identification, such as a collar and tags.  You could also go back to where they found it and ask around if anyone knows who the pet belongs to.

Next, phone the local animal shelter or whomever deals with lost and found pets in the area.  This could be an SPCA, humane society, animal control, or sometimes the police or local veterinarian's office.  If you are not sure who to call your local police department will tell you.  Have them check their "Lost Pets" reports and be sure to file a "Found Pet" report.  This simple act protects you from potentially being charged with theft, unless it can be proven your children lured the pet from its yard or took it from a secured place.

You can also take the pet to the veterinarian or animal shelter and have them scan it (free) for a microchip.

Technically you have to wait to see if anyone claims the pet before you can consider it legally yours, this can be 2 or 3 weeks in some places.

Obviously if you have no intention of keeping the pet you should take it to the animal shelter so the owner can claim it.  Until it is legally yours you cannot sell it or give it away.

Never keep a pet unless you are fully prepared to care for it.
Read More Here so you Know what to do

Monday, September 27, 2010

Opinions of Keeping Animals as Pets

We all have our differences of opinions in regards to the keeping of animals as pets, some animal rights activists feel that keeping any animal as a pet is wrong.  Others feel that certain animals are alright as pets, but some should not be kept as pets.  Then we have livestock animals, and the people who are taking those and making them into pets.  As such we are now often seeing chickens, pigs, and goats, as pets, often coming right into their owners homes.  Feel free to share your views by making a comment or clicking on the poll above.

Which Pets are Most Likely to Bite, Which Pets are Least Likely to Bite

A lot of pets can bite, but some are more likely to bite than others.  This can be a concern for people who are afraid of getting bit, or in particular for considerations of a classroom, or childs, pet. 
Here at the cabin we don't want anyone to get bit, or to have a pet, or animal, that is dangerous to others.

How to Convince Your Parents to get you a Pet

Many kids beg and plead with their parents to get them a pet.  This can go on for years.  The problem is that sometimes the kids are not reasonable in their requests.  Kids do not understand why their parents say no (heck, sometimes the parents don't know why they are saying "no"). 
Here at the cabin we think that there are many facts that children must understand, and a few tips they should take to heart, especially when begging their parent to get them a pet.

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