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Discussion in 'Gardening With Animals' started by baymule, Nov 5, 2018.

  1. Nov 8, 2018
    canesisters

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    (it's illegal to bury livestock here too :hide)
     
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    baymule

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    @flowerbug there is no way I am going to try to compost 1,000 pounds of dead meat or the other one weighs in at 1200-1300 pounds. Not happening. You must be freaking nuts.

    @ducks4you She is getting Bermuda hay, a good grass hay-all she wants. I started her on 2 cups of pellets, then 3 cups twice a day and this morning stepped her up to 4 cups of pellets. The pellets are 14% and are what we have fed our horses for years. The two old horses have done very well on them and the little chestnut gelding we bought almost 2 years ago is roly-poly, fat and sassy. He was thin, but nowhere near this poor and skinny. I have a bag of alfalfa cubes and she got 2 cubes, flaked apart this morning. She won't get much of that, just a few each day. She was starved nigh slap to death. She will need time to build muscle mass. I have her in quarantine for 45 days to keep her away from my other horses. I may keep her separate even longer than that just to make sure she doesn't get picked on in her weakened state. She will go to the vet too.

    @bobm you told it exactly like it is. On the large farms and ranches, dead animals are dragged off to a boneyard, then used for coyote bait to shoot the coyotes. On our 8 acres, I don't see that happening.

    We have explored all our options, carefully considered everything and made the decision that is best for us and our old friends.
     
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    Nyboy

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    Any pet here, but it is one of those laws no one listens too. I always said write me ticket for burying my dog, i will have no problem going before a judge to fight it.
     
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    Nyboy

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    Will you do a board wormier or wait to do stool sample /
     
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    bobm

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    @bobm you told it exactly like it is. On the large farms and ranches, dead animals are dragged off to a boneyard, then used for coyote bait to shoot the coyotes. On our 8 acres, I don't see that happening.

    On a 5,000 acre cattle ( over 200 brood cows ) ranch , just 0NE mile from our Cal ranch. The owner invites family and friends for a week in Dec. for a coyote hunt every year. They usually bag between 50 to 74 coyotes every year. :ep We usually have on average of a dozen coyotes at dawn and dusk for a community sing in the pastures within yards of our house there. Country living at it's best !:th
     
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    flowerbug

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    fine with me, it's your life after all...

    just sayin' there are other options for those who may want to go a different route. for me, if i had poor soil i surely wouldn't be wasting valuable nutrients by sending them off-site if i could avoid it in any possible fashion.

    wood chips are not very expensive around here. if i had enough room to keep an animal that big i'd also have enough area to compost one if i needed to do it.

    cheers, etc. i do wish you the best luck with her and your other animals... always. :)
     
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    flowerbug

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    i think if you keep large animals and are reaping profits from keeping them then you should also be dealing with their death in a responsible manner. using them to bait wildlife is pretty dispicable.

    composting an animal isn't the same as leaving it out to be picked over by buzzards and coyotes, but i'm ok with that too. you know, i've heard the refrain from pig/chicken/etc. mass market farmers where they have a stench and they say, 'that smells like money!' well... sometimes they need to figure it out at the other end too... the stench of death is a part of a normal life cycle in any functioning ecosystem. if you can't take that then perhaps you'd be in the wrong business...
     
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    baymule

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    Valuable nutrients? You have no idea how gut wrenching this is for us. These two old horses have earned their place here. We love them dearly and have grieved over trying to select what would be best for them and what to do with them when they are gone. We have had them for many years, have a lot of memories with them and they are a hell of a lot more than compost to us.

    Dealing with their death in a responsible manner? What the Hell do you know about animals anyway? Go pet your effing worms. And bobm isn't the one who said animal carcasses were used to shoot coyotes over-I was. Despicable? Again, what the Hell do you know? Do you even have any idea what devastation they wreak upon livestock, not to mention pets? I applaud bobm's neighbor for having a yearly coyote hunt to rid the area of an overpopulation of destructive coyotes. We have very good fencing and two Great Pyrenees to protect our sheep or else we would have no sheep. The coyotes are bad here too and it is open season on them. They howl all around us.
     
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    Bay :hugsif you never had the love of a animal you don't understand the pain in losing one. I don't think worms are very loving
     
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    " i think if you keep large animals and are reaping profits from keeping them" :duc I think you missed the part about horse like most PETS costing big bucks to keep no profits
     
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