Lifestyle Farm The Young

Rearing animals on your lifestyle farm can be educational fun for the whole family. Young animals need a lot of care in a warm and safe environment. Franklin Vets can offer advice from birth through to maturity.

Calf Rearing

Calves are best sourced from a local farmer. Buy a healthy calf that is at least 4 days old that has been well fed on colostrum. Look for small dry navels, pricked up ears, firm faeces, clear bright eyes, moist noses, shiny coats (breed dependent), firm teeth and playful movements.

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Chicken Rearing

Always order more than one chick. Chicks like to huddle to keep warm and are very social. Ordering more than one will also cover you if there are any mishaps. When choosing your chicks, pick ones that are alert and energetic. Any that are shivery or limp may be unwell.

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Kid Goat Rearing

The kid should be chosen no earlier than 3 days after birth but preferably 5 days. This allows the kid to have its mother’s colostrum, which gives protection against diseases and is high in both vitamins and minerals.

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Lamb Rearing

The lamb should be chosen no earlier than 3 days after birth but preferably 5 days after birth, this allows the lamb to have its mother’s colostrum, which gives protection against diseases and is high in both vitamins and minerals.

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