Lucy and Ricky
Lucy and Ricky are Nigerian Dwarf Goats. They came to us in early October from a family who had sold their farm and were moving into town. They originally had other names, but I changed them to go together as a couple (although they’re more like brother and sister). Ricky is a wether, like Felix and Oscar (means he’s castrated). We think Lucy may be pregnant and her likely due date is around the end of February. We’ll keep you posted.
Finnegan is a miniature pig and came to us via California at eight weeks old. It took a few days for him to warm up to me and he enjoyed snuggle time in my lap until he got too big. He loves his belly rubbed, his head massaged and being tucked in at night. Did I mention he loves to eat?! He is house trained and is a joy to have around.
Loki is a Maremma and has finally, after two years, adjusted to his role as a livestock guardian dog. Loki’s job is to protect our alpacas and goats from predators such as outside dogs, raccoons, fox and the like. He is very smart and is a big bundle of love. We are very happy to have Loki on the job!
Felix and Oscar
Most of the time Brian and I are in agreement with what comes onto the farm. However, I just had to have goats! Brian has adjusted well – LOL! Felix (brown and white) and Oscar (tri-color) are Fainting Goats. They both took just a day or two to settle in with Felix being the more brave one. After a few days both of them are coming to me for scratches, hugs and kisses. They are very affectionate and pretty well behaved. When they were smaller I enjoyed sitting outside with at least one of them in my lap.
Samson and Delilah
Samson and Delilah are Talhouse Geese and came to us in the spring of 2016. They are a handsome couple and keep me company around the farm as I do my chores. Samson is very talkative and will talk non-stop. I never tire of his stories!
Raising these from three days old was a lot of work and worth every minute! They are a joy to be around and although they are messy, I enjoy spending time with them and keeping things clean for them. I can’t tell you how much fun it is to watch them swim and run around the duck pen! Add to that fresh greens in the morning and afternoon watermelon treats and you’ve got even more fun!
We have 34 chickens on the farm some of which are heritage chickens like our Australorps and Golden Laced Wyandottes. We started out with two different flocks which we slowly integrated. Everyone gets along very well now in the chicken coop and our lone Rooster keeps a watchful eye. Most of our hens are laying eggs now with only a few hold outs. It’s a joy to look out the kitchen window and see chickens running around everywhere. Eggs anyone?
Marshmallow “MooMoo” (Lionhead Rabbit)
Brian had promised me I could have a rabbit once we moved to the farm and this past weekend he delivered! We adopted a sweet Lionhead rabbit who came with his name – we liked it so much we decided to keep it. MooMoo has his own stall in the barn with hay bales and a rabbit hutch. We’ll move him into the duck pen once the fence has been built and it’s warm enough for him to be outside. He loves to be petted and already knows to jump into his hutch at night. I’m lovin’ this bunny!
Thunder and Storm (English Angora Rabbits)
These two fellows are very mellow! Brian and I went to the West Bend Alpaca Show in April and came home with two rabbits! LOL! A young girl at the show named Storm and we named Thunder. Now we have a Thunder Storm in our barn every day!
Midnight and Moonbeam
We decided that MooMoo was lonely and thought that he’d enjoy the company of another rabbit (even though he loves his cat Boris!). I couldn’t decide between these two cuties so we adopted both of them. They are Rex Rabbits. Everyone is getting along splendidly and we often find Boris and all three rabbits snuggled together in the rabbit hutch. Unfortunately, Moonbeam (the white and gray rabbit) died of an unknown cause in the fall of 2017.
I’m enthralled with honey bees and as a gardener I realize how important they are for pollination and general good health in the yard and garden. Not to mention the yummy honey that they create! I hope, within the next year or two, to have several hives. My hope is to have a thriving bee colony (or colonies) to enable this magnificent creature the place in nature it deserves. With the dwindling honey bee population, I feel it is the least I can do to help ensure their survival.
I’m looking forward to building our own hives, managing them and harvesting honey and beeswax from them. What joy!