Farmer John answers your questions about farm animals at J and J Fish Farm Stay.
What is your favorite animal?
My favorite animal is probably our goats because their personality is similar to a Golden Retriever. I also like our Livestock Guardian Dogs because they are friendly like a dog but also do a lot of work on the farm.
Why did you make a floating goat house?
Goats are vulnerable to predators like coyotes, racoons, bobcats and dogs. By putting the platform in the pond, we are keeping predators away because they hate to get into the water.
How many fish are on your farm? How big are your fish?
We have over a million fish in our ponds.We have catfish breeders that are 20 – 25 pounds each.
Do fish lay eggs like chickens?
All fish lay eggs except for mosquito fish which have live birth. Most fish eggs hatch within five days. Because the survival rate of baby fish is so low, most fish lay thousands of eggs at a time.
How many chickens do you have and how many eggs do you get per day?
We have three roosters and ten hens. We can get up to ten eggs per day during the warmer months.
How long does it take for chicken eggs to hatch?
Chicken eggs usually take about 21 days to hatch. One hen usually sits on ten to twelve eggs.
What is a chicken tractor?
A chicken tractor allows you to move chickens to different areas where they can scratch for food and cultivate the soil. Most tractors have a run attached which protects the chickens as they forage.