Dog Grooming by Kina
Kina grooming a dog at Northeast Animal Hospital
It's been a long-time dream of mine to become a dog groomer, and after several years working as a receptionist in an animal hospital I took the plunge and got my certification from PennFoster.
Currently, I do grooming at Sherm's veterinary clinic in Tallahassee and at Golden Acres Ranch here in Monticello.
A Full Groom includes bath, brush out, clean ears, nail trim, shave pads, sanitary tummy and rear end clip and body hair cut according to your instructions.
- Small/Medium Dogs (up to 45-50 lbs.) $31
- Large Dogs (over 50 lbs.) $55
Kina also offers a Sanitary Cut, which is the same as the Full Groom EXCEPT for the body haircut. Prices start at $ 22.
Bath and Nail Trim Only
- Small Dogs (up to 20 lbs.) $18
- Meduim Dogs (21 to 40 lbs.) $20
- Large Dogs (41 to 60 lbs.) $22
- Very Large Dogs (61+ lbs.) $24
Call or email for an appointment
850-997-4219 or 239-789-5914 or kinaflorida[at]hotmail.com
Fresh Eggs and Honey
Sherm taking care of the bees
We have hard-working honeybees and hens that produce our fresh, local eggs and wildflower honey.
We are excited about all the buzz around our four hives. After last year’s rainy weather, the bees really seem to be making up for it this year. Once the bees do their part, we step in and extract the raw honey, bottle it, and sell it to our customers. We check frequently that our bees are protected from mites and feed them some extra sugar water when needed. A bee inspector comes on occasion to ensure that our certified honeybees are free of disease and pests, so that we can provide pure, delicious, clean honey.
Granddaughter with the chickens
Our eggs come from a variety of breeds of hen. The eggs range from around 30% brown and the rest white. The sizes range from medium to large.
The hens are fed chickenfeed, corn, cabbage, and dried mealworm treats for being great producers. We never give our hens hormones or antibiotics. These happy ladies produce around 12-14 eggs per day. We have a variety of hens – 18 to be exact, but if you ask my granddaughter, she will tell you that one particular hen, Agda, lays all the eggs.
The hens love a good dry bath. They will dig a hole, scoop dirt and roll around. We add diatomaceous earth to the soil for their health.
Eggs (12 pack) and honey (16 or 8 oz) can be bought either here at the farm, just give us a call at (850) 997-4219 or send an email to kinaflorida[at]hotmail.com. We are located in Monticello, Florida. We can also arrange for pick up in Tallahassee, FL.
Tennessee Fainting Goats
Goats kids playing around
Our Tennessee Fainting goats make a wonderful addition to any farm. With their calm demeanor and high level of intelligence, they are the perfect addition to any family. Some goats are known to be escape artists or mischievously climbing trees, but Tennessee Fainting goats are well behaved. They just tend to be a little on the nervous side and can “faint” or become temporarily paralyzed when frightened, lasting around 5-10 seconds.
These interesting characters are quite sturdy, too. While some goats are prone to intestinal parasites, our goats are checked monthly to maintain their excellent health. We believe that the environment in Northern Florida suits their lifestyle, as well. I am certified to care for them through the Master Goat and Sheep Certification Program at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University.
When they are not chewing the grass and bushes down, we feed them goat pellets. The local manufacturer of the pellets tests the soil in our area to determine which nutrients are present and which nutrients the goats need, and the pellets are formulated from the results. They enjoy a variety in their diet, just like we do.
Our Tennessee Fainting goat population consists of 14 females, 8 bucks, and 21 4-month-old kids. These goats require an acre of land per 6-8 goats, with room to rotate. It’s a good idea to always have at least two, as they need companionship. Some of our smaller adult females weigh in at 60 pounds, while some of the larger bucks are around 250 pounds. These guys get along great with dogs as well as children.
If you are interested in bringing one of our goats into your family and would like to learn more, please feel free to call us at (850) 997-4219 or send an email to kinaflorida[at]hotmail.com. We are located in Monticello, Florida.
Lopi wool from Icelandic sheep, in hand-dyed skeins. (Photo by ejhogbin - CC-BY)
Our Icelandic sheep are unique in that they grow a nice mane of hair twice a year that can be sent out and spun into beautiful, soft yarn. The yarn is usually sold or kept for our own knitting needs. The sheep can be bred from a very young age.
Sheep dogs are not necessary for this particular breed of sheep, as these guys are pretty tough. The sheep make a circle around the young to protect them and will charge after any intruders that might come into their territory. Otherwise they are very calm animals and have their own personalities that make them a joy to watch interacting together.
Our sheep enjoy a hearty diet of grass as well as pellets that are crafted by a local manufacturer after testing the ground and soil in our area. The testing determines which nutrients are being consumed from nature and which nutrients need to be included in the pellets, if necessary. The grass and pellets are rotated to give them variety in their meals.
I am certified to care for them through the Master Goat and Sheep Certification Program at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University. Therefore, she has been educated in the proper temperatures, proper disposal of wastes, herd management, health, nutrition, fencing and shelter environments, and more. We take pride in giving our Icelandic sheep the best possible place to live.
Over the next year (2014-2015), we will have lamb to sell and gradually there will be fleece and yarn as well. If you would like to know more about purchasing yarn or sheep, please feel free to call us at (850) 997-4219 or send an email to kinaflorida[at]hotmail.com. We are located in Monticello, Florida.