At Patina Meadow, we deeply value the well-being of our animals and strive to provide them with the utmost care and attention. Today, I wanted to address some of the most frequently asked questions about our holistic approach to animal care. From their importance in biodynamic agriculture to our use of mineral feeders, natural insect repellents, and grain-free diets, let's explore how we create a harmonious environment for our beloved creatures.
HOW ARE ANIMALS IMPORTANT TO BIODYNAMIC AGRICULTURE?
In the realm of biodynamic agriculture, animals hold a vital role in maintaining the farm's ecosystem. Our animals contribute to the natural cycle by enriching the soil through their manure, providing essential nutrients for plant growth and fostering soil fertility. They act as integral members of our farm, co-creating a sustainable and regenerative agricultural system.
DO YOU HAVE ANY SUPPLEMENTS AVAILABLE TO YOUR HERD?
At Patina Meadow, we recognize the innate wisdom of animals to self-regulate their nutritional needs. To support their overall health and well-being, we provide mineral feeders.
These feeders offer a wide range of essential minerals, allowing our animals to intuitively select the nutrients they require.
This not only nourishes our animals but also enriches the soil as they distribute these minerals through their manure, contributing to a healthier and more vibrant ecosystem.
HOW DO YOU PROTECT YOUR DONKEYS FROM FLIES AND BITING INSECTS?
To keep flies and biting insects at bay, we turn to the natural goodness of products like Badger Balm and Belly Balm by the Farrier's Wife. We apply these balms to our donkeys' legs, creating a protective barrier that deters pests.
These products, crafted with care and expertise, offer a safe and effective solution to ensure our donkeys enjoy a peaceful and comfortable environment.
WHAT DO YOU FEED YOUR CHICKENS?
Our chickens thrive on a carefully curated grain-free diet. We understand that a grain-free approach eliminates potential allergens, reduces the risk of inflammation, and promotes optimal digestion and nutrient absorption.
Our chickens' diet consists of mealworms, black oil sunflower seeds, and nutrient-rich kelp, providing them with essential amino acids, vitamins, and minerals for robust health and vitality. By opting for organic and non-GMO ingredients, we prioritize their well-being and contribute to a sustainable food system.
HOW DO YOU PROTECT YOUR DOGS FROM TICKS?
To protect our dogs from ticks, we use a homemade tick spray recipe shared by Melissa Vines, @alongthemeadow, a local herbalist. The recipe includes 100 ml of catnip-infused witch hazel, along with 40 drops each of cedar-wood, geranium, eucalyptus, and peppermint essential oils.
This natural tick spray acts as a potent deterrent against ticks while avoiding the use of harsh chemicals. Research has shown that catnip is actually more effective than DEET at repelling bugs! Our dogs enjoy the benefits of this homemade solution, keeping them safe and comfortable during their outdoor adventures.
At Patina Meadow, we hold a deep commitment to providing our animals with holistic care that respects their natural instincts and promotes their overall well-being. By integrating these practices into our everyday routine, we celebrate the interconnectedness of all living beings and pave the way for a more compassionate and sustainable future.
If you have any additional questions about how we care for our animals, please leave them in the comments!