Welcoming more animals

I took advantage of this rainy morning to sit by the laptop and put together this post. I’ve tried a couple of times during the week but didn’t get very far…

Anyway, I am excited to share with you all our new feather and fur additions.

The ducklings

Mitchell surprised me with a bin full of ducklings last Friday evening! Little yellow fluffs with shiny black beads were following my every movement and were thrilled to find food and lots of water.

Then, I learned the hard way (again!) that my dogs are a bunch of a-holes and they absolutely hate anything tiny and vocal… I will spare you the details on how we lost 15 ducklings within the first 48 hours, leaving us with a handful of little fuzzy things … We re-enforced the fencing, denied the dogs any access close to the area and started looking for more ducklings. We ended up finding more ducklings with the same farmer where we got Maya and Zeus from, close by to our old house. This past Friday evening, Mitchell came home with 26 babies of various sizes, and some with colourings! They are all Muscovy ducklings.

But, as last week progressed, we got an unexpected visit from a new neighbour. From the introductions, I realised I knew exactly who he was as I was admiring his Hereford cows every time I passed by his place. He had an unusual question: “did you lose a duck”… my mind produced a million answers and questions to answer him, but I only managed to say “why do you ask?”. He said he found a duck wandering around his barn. He asked the lady that lives at the corner if it could be hers (she’s closer to him), she said ‘no’ and also mentioned that a new girl moved up the road and it might be hers. I smiled and said so far I only have ducklings…

Well, would you like this one too?

WOULD I EVER!?

Meet Blackie, the rescued duck… not sure what breed she is, but she’s a keeper! Kept guard of the 5 ducklings we had left and she keeps an eye on the new ones as they eat, play and sleep in their own enclosure. She’s a little rough with them if they are all together and we think it’s because they are so many and just one of her as she was fine before with just the five. 

 

The broilers

Baby chicks arrived mid last week, eager to eat and cozy up under the heat lamps…because that’s what they’ll do for the next 8 to 10 weeks. We actually put our hatched chicks outside together with these ones to encourage “monkey see monkey do” behaviour. The hatched chicks will teach the little ones to forage and use their little feet to scratch for bugs and pick at the grass, in order to reduce the intake of commercial chicken feed and to promote a more natural living. So far so good, as after only a couple of days, the teeny-weeny ones have been scratching around in the grass, in the chicken tractor.

Charlotte, the hair sheep

yum yum yum – treat time for everyone while I milk Valentine

Online buy-and-sell websites are a great way to find some great items and meet some wonderful people. There’s also a 50-50 chance that you’ll have a horrible experience, but you have to walk into the transaction with a positive attitude. I mentioned to Mitchell that wool sheep might be hard to handle come shearing time (I don’t know how to shear yet, and I would like that to be one last thing to worry about) so I suggested we look into hair sheep. We did some research on the breeds and decided we would like the Katahdin sheep to join our journey.

hhheeeerrreee’s Charlotte, the sheep that was raised by a goat 😀 needless to say, she integrated wonderfully with the odd time when her and Valentine go head to head (literally). She’s very timid and the lady said it will take some time until she warms up to us, but gentle talking and our presence will make her come to us on her own. You take all the time you need little girl! 

 

The rest of the family…

is doing just great! They all took to our farm with no issues! Annie watched the big dogs cooling off in the big water trough and decided the kiddie pool is good enough for her. You can find her in there every time the temps go up in the 90s

Valentine, the girls and Bucky love the pasture! and managed to find the resting area that the dogs use as their guard post during the night (a bit higher from the ground and they can see better over the land).

And one more great news! We are starting to build the barn next week! Robert, the Amish team leader came over yesterday and spoke to Mitchell about barn position details and what to expect from his team in the next 5-6 weeks.

And now, lunch time and back outside for chores!

10 Thoughts on “Welcoming more animals

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  2. Aw congratulations on all your new arrivals! They are all so gorgeous – if you have a closer up shot of Charlotte for next time I’d love to get a good look at her. Photos of Annie in the paddle pool were the cutest! She would get hot with that super fuzzy coat, I’d be in the pool as well! I’d never heard of a ‘hair sheep’ before… they have hair instead of wool? Can you, like, plait it? Give them dreds? Haha that’s a fun image!

    • Thank you 🙂 I have a few close ups of Charlotte now. The lady did say she’s very timid and cautious of everyone around her. Everyone new that comes towards her (dogs, chickens, etc) she stomps her front feet down and is very authoritarian hehe a gem nonetheless! I will make a post just for her and about her breed. Her kind is the shedding kind – she grows the wool and then sheds it, like Maya and Zeus do (in big patches) – by mid-summer she looks like she’s carrying a ripped blanket on her lol the lady sheared when she did her alpacas. There are 2 other types: pure hair ones which look just like goats (Mitchelle wants to find Barbados Black Belly ones) and double coated, which I know nothing about, but I assume they shed their coat too just like the dogs… Dreads on a sheep would be a sight to see for sure! add some colourful threads and parade it around town 😉 sorry for the late reply, time doesn’t seem to be on my side these days

      • I figure you’ve got a similar amount of time for bloggy stuff as a mum with new multiple babies – whenever you manage to reply is fine with me! Charlotte sounds gorgeous and a quite independent little lady, hope she is settling in with the rest of your hairy feathery family 😊

        • Ha! good to know this is how it feels to have kids hehe Charlotte made herself at home pretty quick. The other goats tolerate her and just recently started sharing grains with her, but there is always the odd time that budding and pushing around happens.

  3. I was smiling all the time while reading about your wonderful journey. I must have been a farm girl in my past life. Ha ha! I do have a slight memory of living close to a fellow that kept chickens, a cow and a bull when I was three years old. The bull got lose and scared the hell out of my older brother and I. I think I was more afraid because I remember he waved his red jacket in front of the bull. Memories! 🙂

    • So happy to put the smile on your face 🙂 I wore an off red t-shirt one day when handling the billy goat and I could swear the shirt colour was bothering him! I didn’t realize it until later in the day when my step-dad pointed it out… needless to say, I watch what I wear now, but I still a tiny bit scared of him – those horns terrify me and I am sure he senses it because he always bluffs by “trying” to butt, but he doesn’t do it. Comical and scary at the same time lol so sorry for the delay in reply – time just flew by me

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