Our Animals

Coomassie Blue #9

Proud Coomassie with pigeon

Coomassie is an 11 year old Weimaraner. His interests are food and sleeping either in the sun or somewhere soft. Coomassie is not a big fan of small animals or children.

Jikiwaba

Beautiful Jiki

Jiki is our guard dog. He is a 5 year old Great Pyrenees/Akbash. Jiki loves the kids and is an incredible house guard. Jiki is not so great with poultry though. He’s discovered they taste fantastic. At one point we thought he was jumping the fence to rescue the chickens from predators. It took a few days for us to realize that Jiki was the predator killing the chickens.

Sparta

Sparta fence

Meet Sparta. He is a 2 year old Akbash and quite the interesting character. We adore Sparta but he is incredibly unintelligent. He’s excessively large and all about the cuddle. Getting his nose out of your face is the problem. Sparta is great with the kids and all of the other animals. The problem is that he’s great with everything, no matter what. To get him to identify animals that aren’t wanted and those that are is impossible. He just loves everything.

Fighting

BLT and Rocker-Digger are recent additions to the farm. I got them in a trade. 15 ducks for these 2 pigs. They are interesting characters we are excited to have around. We are currently researching home slaughter techniques. We shall see what happens!

 

Surprisingly I’ve never named any of our birds. Our son calls our peacock “Blue” but I just call him “Hey you” most of the time.

Update 3/19/15: Unfortunately our male peacock has passed away. I am unsure if our females will remain without him. We will get more peacocks after our poultry killing dog passes away. He is old.

One male and 2 females

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Getting peacocks to hold still is almost impossible! My peas had many babies last year. Unfortunately only 2 of them survived and I gave them to my wonderful neighbor. I believe they were dying from Coccidiosis. I did treat for it but I was a bit late to the game. I’ll be a lot better about treatment this breeding season. I also won’t let the mothers raise them. They were pretty horrible at it.

We have one drake and 2 female welsh harlequin. I’ve gone through a few duck breeds but I really like my welshies. They are far friendlier than any of the other duck breeds I have had. Plus, they haven’t died yet. The other duck breeds were spectacularly good at getting eaten.

welshies

My chicken numbers are constantly changing. Here are a few pics of the birds I currently have.

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Here they are at feeding time, trying to hide from me on roosts and my two roosters. I hatched them from eggs and they have been very nice roosters so far. In the past we’d never been able to keep a rooster alive as they would get mean with either us or our kids. So we’ve eaten a lot of roosters. These guys are awfully pretty and I hope they stay polite.

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