So far since we’ve been here we’ve had chickens galore, pigs, bunnies, a cow, cats, and goats. We’d like to have more, but our resident coyotes seem determined to dig holes under my new, very expensive deer fence and Mr. Brown is completely oblivious to them. So… looking for a llama or a mini-donkey. Why is the answer to an animal problem always another animal? I suppose that’s how God designed it – natural balance, food chain and all that right?
Honestly we’ve been lucky, we’ve only lost one chicken and one goat to predators. Many chickens and both pigs made it to the freezer and our chickens free range about 90% of the time.
Just finished our annual batch of broilers. I keep trying different breeds looking for something that free ranges well, but so far they all grow so much slower I’m probably going to go back to straight up Cornish rock to keep from eating pubescent roosters. Or like today, I decided not to slaughter the rest of my new breed because at 4 months the first hen had almost full sized yolks inside. Maybe the mix of those and the Maran will make decent fryers at 3-months?
In other news, we added two cute chicks (hopefully hens) to our flock. Maven has been broody at least a year of the two we’ve had her I swear. So I finally gave in and let her have two. They hatched on 4th of July so maybe we’ll name them something to do with that. I’d let more hatch but I don’t want another Roo. Our first one (Ezekiel) was downright mean… Blue Lazarus who replaced him is a saint. You can almost pick him up.
We also rescued three cute little barn kitties; “Cornelius”, “Serious” and “Neville” (catching the theme yet?). Shortly after, Serious became “Lucky”, and our totally awesome neighbors have adopted and turned him into just that. He will be a house cat now and their kids are amazing with him. Ours won’t be let out until they’re full grown and neutered just in case the coyotes get greedy. They are SOOO sweet. I’ve never had nice cats, so it’s hard to not feel like I have Dr. Doolittle powers when these cuddle on me.