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 is now enjoying snuggle time in the evening and scratches throughout the day. He is litter trained (for the most part) and is a joy to have around. He is expected to get to about 10-12 inches and about 45 pounds. He was supposed to go out into the barn, but he’s much to little and way too cute! In fact, it’s just like having another dog around!
Loki has adjusted to his new role very well and can often been seen playing with Halo. 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!
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 the best goats ever! 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. I enjoy sitting outside with at least one of them in my lap!
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!
More Rabbits! Midnight and Moonbeam (Rex Rabbits)
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 and so we adopted both of them. Everyone is getting along splendidly and we often find Boris and all three rabbits snuggled together in the rabbit hutch.
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!