Advice from Reece

Proverbs 12:10  “The righteous care for the needs of their animals, but the kindest acts of the wicked are cruel.”

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GRUMPY AND GROUCHY HEDGIE?  By: Reece

He hisses. He clicks. He curls up aiming his sharp armor at you. He dares you to touch him. Sounds like a wild beast of an animal doesn’t it? Well, not exactly. Hedgehogs are considered exotic animals, no doubt. But when socialized and loved on properly, they are one of the most joyful pets you will ever own. So what happens when you think you followed all the “rules” of owning a hedgehog and he still wants nothing to do with you? Don’t give up on him! Usually, it is YOU that needs to change and not your prickly pal. Here are a few tips on how to turn your glum into your best chum!

  1. Remember, the more time you spend holding and cuddling your hedgie, the more he will want to be held and be snuggled.
  2. Keep your scent familiar to him. Although it is tempting, do not wear gloves when handling your pal. Eventually you will get used to the prickly pain that sometimes comes when holding him. He needs your scent! When he recognizes your scent, he will be most likely to be ok with you handling him.
  3. Keep your scent on a cloth or small animal pouch in the cage. This will allow him to snuggle with your scent even when you are not physically able to do so. This also makes them feel safe in their cage (we sell small animal pouches at www.YaksandYams.etsy.com)
  4. Schedule, schedule, schedule. Most hedgies are nocturnal which means they sleep during they day and party all night. That’s ok! Spend your time with him prior to feeding time and party all night time. In the evenings, hold him, love on him, and spend some quality time together. Then he will have the rest of the night to eat, run in his wheel, and release his energy. Hedgies like routine and agendas. Help him to know what to expect.
  5. Be aware of all the necessary rules of owning a hedgehog and proper caretaking of a hedgehog. For instance, only top quality cat food will do. NO Hedgehog Food! I don’t even know why they created this. It is not good for them. Remember to keep room temperature between 70 and 80 degrees. Do your research on other quality caretaking needs. The better taken care of your hedgie is, the happier he will be. Which means you will both be more likely to live happily ever after together!
  6. Take precautions when holding your hedgie. Remember, they cannot see well, and do not have much depth perception. This means they will walk right off a table or your lap. If this happens even one time, the trust is hard to regain. Hold them close to you and pay attention to them at all times. In other words, DON’T DROP YOUR HEDGEHOG!
  7. Finally, NEVER GIVE UP on your hedgehog. We once had a hedgehog that was grouchy from day one until she passed. That did not stop us from giving her the most love, affection, and happiness we could possibly give her. Like people, some hedgies are just scrooges. A responsible pet owner will still treat them like princes and princesses.

HAPPY HEDGIE HOLDING!

 

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PAMPERING YOUR PUP    By: Reece

So, you love the thought of “organic and natural” pet shampoo but you don’t like the price. Have you ever thought of making your very own shampoo for your furry friend? There are plenty of benefits to why making is much better than buying. Even though store-bought shampoos say they are “all natural”, most add chemicals and additives, which completely defeats the purpose. Not only will this recipe make your pet’s coat smooth and shiny, but you can also rest assured that you know what you’re bathing your dog in!

Ingredients:

  1. Approximately 1 to 1 1/2 cups of rolled oats (depending on how much you wish to make)
  2. 2-4 tablespoons of honey
  3. 3-4 cups of water (depending on the consistency you want the shampoo to be)
  4. 1-  1 1/2 cups of baking soda
  5. Essential oil of your choice (optional)

Directions:

  1.  Add the oats into a blender and blend until they are a powder.
  2.  Toss in the rest of the ingredients and blend until everything is combined into a creamy substance.
  3. Pour into an airtight jar or bottle and close. You’re done!

 

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BRRR! MAKE SURE YOU WINTERIZE YOUR CHICKENS    By: Reece

Snow, ice, and bitter cold. You may be sipping hot chocolate by a warm fire, but please don’t forget about your furry and feathered friends. Although many chicken breeds adapt well to the cold (Brahmas, Americaunas, Orpingtons, etc..)  , they can be susceptible to issues like frostbite. Below is a checklist of how to keep your chickens safe in the cold weather.

  1. Don’t be fooled! You do not want your house to be drafty, but it is a MUST that the coop has proper ventilation.
  2. Watch the Wattles! Try rubbing petroleum jelly on the combs and wattles to block out moisture and help prevent frostbite.
  3. Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean your feathered friends can’t get dehydrated. Make sure those waterers stay un-frozen and completely full!
  4. Digestion will help keep them warm! Make sure there’s always plenty of food in the feeder throughout the day. Try making some warm oatmeal for your hens and roosters. Not only will it warm em’ up, but oatmeal can lead to better eggs too! A small handful of scratch before bed can keep them nice and toasty through the night!
  5. Do you have enough bedding in the coop? Pine shavings and sand (believe it or not) are the best beddings for the cold winter months.
  6. Get the snow shovel ready. Some chickens (like ours) refuse to step foot on snow.
  7. Check for leaks in the coop consistently. Moisture leads to frostbite!
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HAPPY HOPPY HOMEMADE BUNNY COOKIES

Forget about store bought treats for your hopping pal. Why not make your own? Your bunny will thank you- along with you’re wallet!

RECIPE:

1/2 cup of rolled oats ground into a powder (as best as you can)

1 cup of rabbit pellets

A few sprigs of parsley, cilantro, or fresh greens

1 tablespoon of honey

1/2 a carrot

1/2 a banana (if you would like to substitute with an apple, feel free)

1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon of water

                                               Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Grind the pellets and oats into a powder and put the result in the large bowl
  3. Grate the carrot and add to the mixture
  4. Chop the banana (or apple) and greens as small as you can and add to bowl as well
  5. Add the honey and water; begin to mix
  6. The resulting mixture should be stiff and sticky. If it isn’t add some more oats and/or pellets
  7. Line a baking sheet with wax paper and begin to plop tablespoon-fulls of batter onto the sheet
  8. Place in the oven and let em’ bake for around 30 minutes (don’t let them get too brown; the treats should be a greenish color)
  9. After 30 minutes, turn off the heat. DON’T remove the treats though. Let them sit in the oven for at least an hour. (This is extremely important! This step removes excess moisture from the bunny treats, allowing them to stay fresh and mold-free longer!)
  10. After the treats are thoroughly dried, remove them from the oven, remove the wax paper from them, and let them cool.
  11. Sit back and watch as your bunny devours his/her cookie!