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Livestock and more • Re: Guinea pigs as livestock??????

March 23, 2017 IceFire 0
oldasrocks wrote:
Too close to being a rat to interest me. I’ll stick with chickens. Duel purpose that way.

Same here…Guinea pig is just WAY too much like a rat. Chickens, at least, are dual purpose…eggs as well as meat. Plus, I already HAVE the chickens!

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Livestock and more • Re: Guinea pigs as livestock??????

March 22, 2017 Illini Warrior 0

nothing new – even Hollyweird has picked up on it – on Walking Dead a couple of seasons ago the hospital group of survivors had a guinea pig ranch going for their meat supplement ….

years ago on DoomsDay Preppers – one of the very strangest couple of preppers had a suburban ranch established for SHTF purposes – but was selling off their stock for pets and medical lab experimenting ….

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Livestock and more • Re: Guinea pigs as livestock??????

March 22, 2017 Stahlrosen 0

The only thing about guinea pigs that may be difficult for some is maintaining their Vit. C requirement. I would also think raising rabbits would be a better return on an investment. Never ate a guinea pig, but had many as pets. They are really a lot of fun. I think I would have a hard time eating something that purred. And yes, I know if you are desperate you will eat anything, but if I have the option, I’ll pass.

Statistics: Posted by Stahlrosen — Wed Mar 22, 2017 9:05 am


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Livestock and more • Guinea pigs as livestock??????

March 22, 2017 RollingwithR 0

I would not have ever thought of a guinea pig as food until I saw one of those strange food shows on tv. Apparently in south America there are restaurants with guinea pig cages up front where you choose a live guinea pig much like the lobster tanks we see in restaurants here in the USA. I would imagine it’s kinda like raising rabbits for food but really I have no idea. All the information I can find about guinea pigs comes from keeping one or 2 as pets, nothing about raising several as a food source. Is there specific breeds that are better for food? Since they are picked live in the restaurant like lobster I’m assuming skining and cleaning will be quick and easy but really I have no idea. Has anyone eles heard of this? Anyone tried it? Im just toying with this idea after seeing it on that tv show, any and all thoughts would be greatly appreciated.

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Livestock and more • Re: Meat Grinders

March 2, 2017 Murby 0

I have a 1hp Cabela’s meat grinder.. It chews through venison and pork as fast as I can shove it in. Doesn’t matter if its frozen or thawed, new or aged..

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Livestock and more • Re: Meat Grinders

February 28, 2017 Cast Iron 0
RockinB wrote:

IceFire wrote:I don’t process that much meat, so I stick with the hand-crank models…I have two…one slightly smaller, and one larger one. I like the hand-crank ones for times when the power isn’t working. When it is, I have the meat grinder attachment for my KitchenAid mixer.

My wife says we’ll burn up her Kitchen Aide stand mixer running livestock through it. We have the grain mill attachment and it works great but I think she wont budge on the meat grinder.

I think your wife is right.

I use a Kitchen Aide for grinding meat.
But I only grind 5lbs at a time.

From the research I have done, look for all metal gears.

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Livestock and more • Re: Keeping rabbit water from freezing.

February 28, 2017 RollingwithR 0

Here’s how we deal with frozen rabbit water in eastern WA (-10 at night) I was tired of refilling thier bottle’s every day to so I cut the tops off the plastic water bottle’s and with a little heat fitted them onto the end of a 4 in pvc pipe that was about 5 ft long. At first I attached it to the outside of the cage with zip tyes with the nipple going thru the wire mesh into cage. This worked great all summer only requires filled once every week to 10 days. It froze sold in winter thoe. So I added a few 3in pieces of 1/2in black iron pipe as a spacer between water pipe/bottle and cage. I then got a 6ft section of heat tape wrapped the water pipe/bottle and the wrapped pipe/bottle in pipe insulation. The spacer keeps heat tape out the rabbits reach. The heat tape uses less power than a old style light bulb. Works great

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Livestock and more • Re: Having livestock and no plan!!

February 4, 2017 Cast Iron 0
IceFire wrote:

Cast Iron wrote:Heck, even my one neighbor could not understand why the livestock were not in the barn in the summer. They are where they are supposed to be; Out in the fields.

Apparently, your neighbor does NOT understand that barns are for sheltering animals in inclement/winter weather. In summer, they MUCH prefer being out where they can eat nice, fresh, GREEN stuff; roll in the grass; and enjoy the warmth of the sun. Being cooped up in a barn is like us being locked in a bathroom all day. Who wants that?

Quite right.

Even my Amish neighbors gave him a funny look when he made the comment.

Come spring, all the live stock look forward to getting back out in the fields. We actually hold a small party with friends to watch as the livestock run out and enjoy the fresh air, sun, and new green stuff to eat.

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Livestock and more • Re: Having livestock and no plan!!

February 2, 2017 IceFire 0
Cast Iron wrote:
Heck, even my one neighbor could not understand why the livestock were not in the barn in the summer. They are where they are supposed to be; Out in the fields.

Apparently, your neighbor does NOT understand that barns are for sheltering animals in inclement/winter weather. In summer, they MUCH prefer being out where they can eat nice, fresh, GREEN stuff; roll in the grass; and enjoy the warmth of the sun. Being cooped up in a barn is like us being locked in a bathroom all day. Who wants that?

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Livestock and more • Re: Having livestock and no plan!!

February 2, 2017 Cast Iron 0

What I see are people who think everything should be like a Disney movie.

I treat my livestock well, spoiled even. Not only for their well being, but they are an investment as well.

Heck, even my one neighbor could not understand why the livestock were not in the barn in the summer. They are where they are supposed to be; Out in the fields.

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Livestock and more • Re: Having livestock and no plan!!

February 1, 2017 IceFire 0

I understood exactly what you were saying, Farmer. As to the cows, you saved the three, and saved the fourth from a slow, painful death. A quick bullet to the head is MUCH more merciful. Something that city people and the “PETA” types do NOT understand. Another thing that the city folks don’t understand is the “carrying capacity” of the land, for stock density. Also, the carrying capacity in one area will be different than the carrying capacity in another, due to factors such as soil fertility, water availability, native vegetation etc. People are idiots. I much prefer animals.

Statistics: Posted by IceFire — Tue Jan 31, 2017 9:00 pm