I had a lot of misgivings about farm life...and so did Mister.
He just knew it was going to be a Green Acres redux. Especially when we brought the donkeys on board. But we'd kept hearing coyotes, and everyone told us--"Get a donkey!" So, we bought three.
Zeus looks like a big, ole baby...but he rules that farm. We don't have a problem with coyotes, but we do see foxes from time to time, and Zeus kicks them to the curb.
This is last year's corn. Not too much longer, and we'll be planting again.
The chickens are Dr. Gollum's pride and joy. They enjoy an organic diet--we can't let them free range too much because of the hawks. We strung heavy mesh over the outdoor yards. Gathering eggs creeped me out at first, but now I look forward to it. Fresh eggs are out of this world. All of the chickens are pets, and quite a few have names.
When we first moved to the house (and everything was brand, spanking new), Dr. Gollum kept looking at a poultry catalog, McMurray-Murray. Time passed, and then he said he had a confession to make. "I have ordered 30 baby chicks, and they're coming by U.S. Mail TODAY. You have to go to the post office and get them." Not only that, he wouldn't put them in the barn--so they ended up staying in our garage for over a month. 2 1/2 years later, I am still finding feathers.
When Dr. G goes to the barn, it's always a circus. The animals hear the truck, and they all converge here. The kids were climbing all over the truck.
Last spring a wild Muscovy duck arrived to visit our ducks, and he/she is still here.
The goats have divided into two herds. Here's the smaller herd.
We have 5 donkeys. If you click on the picture, you will see a cross on their backs.
Last spring, the ewes and lambs stuck together and grazed on the rich, early spring grass.
My brother likes to putter around on the tractor.
The goats and sheep must've had a meeting. If you look closely on the right side, you'll see Frankensheep. He has sired some gorgeous lambs. The sheep are all Dorset, with the dark faces. Every spring, they must be sheared. We trade our rams for ewes, and some of the ewes have speckled noses. They are all big sweethearts.
Dr. Gollum and Zeus.
Here's my brother with two kids. These are African Pygmy goats. After Brother Gollum sold his farm, he brought the goats here.
We'd planned to get a few bee hives (we had them years ago--the honey was ambrosial), but with all of the livestock, we've decided to just buy our honey at the farmer's market.
Dr. Gollum has been looking at the McMurray-Murray catalogue again...it will be interesting to see how many baby chicks he orders this year.