July 19, 2005

Chickens and Goats

We have three different kinds of birds at the Farm, Ducks, Guinea Fowl and Chickens. The Ducks are for garden slug patrol (after we sent a few excess Drakes to “Freezer Camp”), the Guineas will be flying around the Orchard dealing with bugs there (they are set to be released from their coop on August First). The Chickens are for eggs and meat and just plain enjoyment. They are fun to watch as they go about their daily routine.

Since they are kept in the same paddock that the Goats and Sheep are housed, the interactions can be a lot of fun. Here are some photographs:

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This is Kiwi hanging out with the Buff Orpingtons in the shade of the Chicken Coop.

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These last three are the goats interacting with the new Chicken Coop.
They are very curious (the best description is to consider the intelligence of a good German Shepherd with the personality of a Cat).

The first is our youngest (four months) goat - Esmeralda happily hanging out inside the coop.
Next, she is joined by her bestest buddy, Oreo.
Finally, Oreo is inside the coop and playing with Newgoat.

Newgoat's story is a bit sad but with a very happy ending.

Some people were hiking up a local logging road and found him. He was starving and very friendly. They didn't really have a way to keep him but they could not leave him there so they took him home and one of their neighbors is a friend of ours and knows that we keep goats. That next day, Daniel dropped Newgoat off.
I did some flyers and we posted them at all of the local restaurants, stores, feed-stores, veterinarians, taverns, etc…
This was a friendly little guy, obviously someone's dear pet.
A week of dead silence. No calls.
We noticed a few things that needed attention. Massive copper deficiency (you can tell from gross examination of the hair), his hooves had not been maintained, an ear tag had been improperly set and was seriously infected. Plus, you could count his ribs.

The one thing that kept returning to our minds is that someone dumped this poor animal on the logging road. A single goat is a very unhappy and neurotic goat. They are herd animals and need a friend to hang with. Newgoat was probably someone's pet but after a few months of obsessive behavior, the parents probably dumped him instead of trying to find a good home. He loves people and will be a good spokes-goat for our farm. He is now happy and healthy and playing with the other goats and sheep and chickens.

Posted by DaveH at July 19, 2005 09:33 PM | TrackBack