Looking for advice on bees, chicks and lambs! :)

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10 years 7 months ago #29492 by Computron
Heya

My name is caity, im going to vet school next year. I live on a farm out in bulls, where we have an assortment of animals.

I'm really looking at getting into raising chickens from eggs, and getting a flock of sheep of my own. Really keen to get some bees too! If anyone has any advice, i would really appreciate it! Or if anyone knows of/has any lambs for sale i would love to hear from you!!

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10 years 7 months ago #400706 by Sue
Welcome Caity, plenty of info on here. Perhaps you need to ask questions and then plenty of people will reply! It's hard to know where to start otherwise!

Because you are reasonably close to Levin perhaps you might be able to come along to a "Poultry & Alpaca day" which Rural Women are organising-this coming Saturday 19th from 9am to 3pm. at 72 Te Whanga road, Levin.

Turn left off SHI at the water lily ponds just North of Levin at the Te Whanga-Kawiu road cross roads-it will be sign posted.

Poultry in the morning-how to look after your hens, 3 hours of info and questions.
It is being held on a Free Range poultry and Alpaca farm.
Alpacas in the afternoon, including shearing, mating and general information.

Free-just bring packed lunch and a chair!

Sue
Labrador lover for yonks, breeder of pedigree Murray Grey cattle for almost as long, and passionate poultry person for more years than I care to count.

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10 years 7 months ago #400725 by Cinsara
And when you have finished your degree specialising in poultry, can you come and live up in Pukekohe please [;)]

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10 years 7 months ago #400728 by Computron
Oh wow that day sounds great! Will definitely come along :)

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10 years 7 months ago #400761 by tonic
hi and welcome. i went to massey (is that where you will be studying?) and had some vet friends. they were pretty busy in their first year getting all the stuff they needed done to qualify for the second year, and then it got busier... i would consider not taking on too much at first until you get a good feel for the amount of time and energy you have left to put into the animals.

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10 years 7 months ago #400871 by optrex

Computron;395919 wrote: Really keen to get some bees too! If anyone has any advice, i would really appreciate it!

With regards to the bees, best bet is to get in touch with a club or an Agribusiness beekeeping course to teach you the basics. You can get more information at www.nzbees.net where someone may be able to point you in the right direction for your area

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10 years 7 months ago #400901 by Stu_R
:) welcome to the LSB cyber family Caity :)
Lots of helpfull people on this site :) .. and even quite a few local to your neck of the woods on here :)
:) good choice on being a vet expensiove course though and bloody hard work :)
:) tonic makes a very good point to ,.... unless the rest of your family are able and willing to help with your animals :)

5 retired Greyhounds ( Bridgette , Lilly, GoGo,Sam and now Lenny) 15 friendly sheep all of whom are named and come when you call them :) , 2 goats, Mollie and Eee Bee :
Olive trees , .. old bugger doing the best he can with no money or land :)

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10 years 7 months ago #400929 by LongRidge
I quite agree with tonic. I too went to Massey, and my vet friends (Gavin Sinclair was in one of my years .....) were extremely busy because they had to get A grades in the entry subjects (Physics, Chemistry, Cell Biology, and ??? back then). Because the bright ones had not done the biology, and the slower ones had not handled the physics at school, the workload was very busy .... especially getting the laboratory work in on time.
If you are going to live at home then you won't have a spare second, let alone a spare minute.

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10 years 7 months ago #400931 by Computron
I have a whole family here that is helping me guys, not just me. And my sister has just finished vet, so yes i know how hard it is haha.

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