Today was a pretty chill day. We got our introduction to mucking out stalls. No pictures needed… We removed 3 tractor bucket loads of caked on cow shit from the pen that she has been in (and out of on nice days) all winter. I guess it’s actually good to have a few layers of crap and straw on the ground during the winter months because it insulates the pens from the concrete floor when the animals lie down for warmth. But yeah, it was a stanky affair that we get to repeat for the next few days until all the stalls are cleared!
But here are some pictures of us hanging with the animals – the baby goats steal the show clearly, because well they are the most fun to play with because they are so small so we know that they can’t really do any damage to us. Though we are getting much more confident with the other animals now, most of them outweigh us, and could very easily accidentally hurt us, and that still scares me a bit, but I’m getting much better at interacting with all the animals.
There are 3 baby goats – Arlo (the kind of caramel colored one), Phoebe (the brown and white one with the almost fully white face, her legs are mostly all black, and her chest is white and her back is white until the butt), and Romeo (the other brown and white one, only has a strip of white down the center of his face, and his chest and legs are brown). The baby goats’ mama is Autumn
There are two calves – Pudding (the brown one) and Buttercup (the brown and white one)
There are three female goats – Maple (maple colored, has horns), Posie (Brown and white, also with fully formed horns), and Summer (the soon to be mama, I apparently didn’t get a picture of).
There is one male goat – Caesar (the one jumping on his pen fence, it’s hard to take a good picture of him from inside his pen)
The mama cow is Daisy, and she produces all the milk that we drink on the farm. This milk also makes all the butter, yogurt, and cheese!
There are 3 guinea fowl in the barn as well, and a brooder box of baby chicks. Outside the barn, free ranging, are about 60 chickens, and then another about 20-30 live outside in a chicken trailer – it keeps them nearby until they are more comfortable with us and won’t run away, but it’s main reason is for protection, they are small and would be easy picking for predators, especially if they didn’t return to the coop at night. So they stay in there all day, and because it is a trailer (open bottom), it gets moved every day so that they always have fresh grass and bugs to pick at in addition to the feed we give them.