Depends on the kind, sex, and the quality. Dairy goats cost more than most
meat goats. But a good dairy goat can produce roughly 6 times her purchase
price each year in milk, plus 2 kids a year. If those kids are female, you
then have made your purchase price 8 times a year. If you can keep your
expenses reasonable, it's a hobby you have a good chance of doing better
than breaking even.
I haven't decided what I'll do when I get ready to replace the laying flock.
Maybe we'll eat them, or maybe sell them cheap to someone who doesn't care
they're not laying every day any more.
In my area of the country, a dairy kid will go for about $150 (but that also
has a loose presumption that it is not weaned yet and that can be a lot of
work). However, the breed that does best here, Nubians, doesn't do well up
North, so you may have a different experience. A goat already milking will
be $400+, but then you know exactly what you are buying in terms of
production. A gallon of raw goat milk here goes for $8.
Don't forget fertilizer. That's actually their main use here.
You may find that changes when you have hens. I might have said the same
once. I will say that eating a lot of fresh farm eggs results in a fresh,
toned complexion without the beauty products. Most of the little lines and
things I had before getting chickens filled out when I started eating a lot
of eggs. I initially lost about 5 lbs on eggs, too, but that came back.
I don't know if I will be able to either. So far our murdering hen is still
alive, so we'll see.
Game chickens don't make very good pets. Sex links (which are basically
cross breeds bred for egg production) are an attractive red and white.
Cochins are just funny to watch run around and make good mothers if you like
to have the occasional baby chick around. They're not stellar producers of
eggs, but decent. And they come in a variety of colors and patterns. We
have a white rock rooster, who is magnificent and a great guardian of the
flock. He's even a decent pet, though he's not terribly interested in being
picked up and petted.
The chickens themselves are not. The housing is where the investment is.
But I suspect you know how to solve that.
Cochins kind of look exotic, but it's totally cute to watch this round
bundle of fluff bouncing from left to right as it runs.
THen you would prob get jumped on by the ASPCA, and sued by the "owners".
Assuming you talked about itand they could trace who you are.
IMO, the "owners" should be treated like anyone who assaults someone with
a weapon - AND finced etc. for animal cruelty. People know damn good and
well when their dogs have been made vicious - because they often see to
that themselves by abusing the animal =>:-p
I'm not sure what you mean by "game chickens", but when I'd volunteered
at eh raptor rehab place, they had chickens running around the place. I
really liked them - they just cracked me up, dunno why. There was a
rooster which was not very large, but was very colorful, almost like some
sort of cropss between a chicken and a wood duck. THer ewere a couple of
*large* light-brown hens. I don't remember them all, tho', because that
was about 8 years ago. All I remember is that they cracked me up, and fi
I was in a funk, I would get a lift by goign out an drunning around with
them and feeding them.
I thought that a "pet" is basically just an animal you keep for
enjoyment...? I guess msot peole think of "pet" as something one
pets...? I dunno.
I also like quali. I don't think i am allowed to have any chickens here,
but I think it'd also be cool to have quail; they crack me up, too ;)
Like some on the blog-in-question, I was one of those who did so
immediately when it happened.
I didn't even have to buy it or eat a bite though. I simply noticed the
design-change, and then took a look at the ingredients. That was enough
to put it back. (The thought had crossed my mind to open it and leave it
melt somewhere in the store in protest.)
I was annoyed when-- and how-- they changed it. It seemed deceptive or
dishonest. (Is that a competitive market-strategy, Don?)
If memory serves, I think they also changed Haagen Dazs' ingredients, as
well as B&J's (or perhaps the owners of both companies).
Some of you may recall my home-made online coffee ice cream pics...
Well, I don't have time to do that all the time, and don't think I
should have to.
But this is only one small example, Michael, for the the purpose of
illustration. There are many such examples...
For another; just last night when I bought my toothbrush... They keep
morphing and I'm unable to find the one I just replaced... They keep
morphing on the shelf; and the Queen's label is not on my Pears soap box
anymore (and also an apparent change in the ingredients and company to boot)
I can't keep changing what I buy all the time. It's getting ridiculous,
bewildering, disorienting, frustrating. Life is complicated enough
without having an amusement-park-in-outer-space for a market.
Change and choice for the sake of themselves or competition defeats its
own purpose: People. I've said it before and I'll say it again; People
over markets-- always.
If 'community' is now the raison d'etre trend of the corporations, that
should be interesting.
In any case, I want to be consulted.
Well that's the thing. Edgar's got a point: Just settle your
serious case of ass the hard way, with security guards and cameras and
cops and tasers and handcuffs and jail and banishment from Walmart.
The idea goes that, since it's the market that counts, then sneaking
things passed people is fair game-- especially if it means added
revenue, profit, lower costs, a greater competitive advantage, etc..
If they get caught, then it's crocodile tears, "Forgive us!" press
releases and damage-control-consultants/talking-heads, and then
people forget (helped along by company/product name-changes and buyouts)
and they just make the sneak sneakier next time...
A rap on the wrist, and it's back to business as usual...
What's one or two people more or less anyway, compared with the majority
who got duped. It's the profit!
And even the ones who noticed are probably just too preoccupied with
life to concern themselves with a "stupid bag of Cheetos".
Stupid bags of this and that add up pretty quickly though, and next
thing you know, you feel yourself lost in a smokescreen and yet more at
the mercy of the marketer/advertiser. Your resolve is weakened along
with your addiction to the product.
Seems that changing some market practices is orders of magnitudes worse
than pulling teeth. Markets and market practices shouldn't be working
like that. The speed at which they self-correct best be most swift if
they are to exist in any sufficient capacity at all.
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