Petunia - Gloucestershire Old Spot Pig - Sow
Petunia, or Toony for short, is our first pig. We got her free on the stipulation that she be allowed to live out her life naturally without ending up on anyone's dinner plate. She is very friendly and absolutely loves zucchini, apples and watermelon rinds. We had planned on breeding her with Niles, but she injured her back leg when we first got her and it has recently shown signs of bothering her, so we are not breeding her. We don't want to risk her going lame so she is one very large pet.
Niles - Old Spot/Tamworth - Boar
Niles was purchased from Gopher Broke Farm in the summer of 2010 as a piglet. He comes from a superior line of pigs out of Vermont know for their hardiness and prolific breeding on pasture. He is available for breeding services.
Ashes - Pygmy Goat - Buck
Ashes is well behaved for a buck. He is playful but gets along well with people and his pen mate Duncan. We are not 100% sure that he is a pygmy a couple of people have told us he looks more like a Nigerian Dwarf - which is possible. The people we bought him from knew nothing about goats.
Flower - Painted Desert Sheep - Ewe
Flower is a super sweet girl, and I love her to bits! As you can see from her picture she is a hair sheep who sheds her coat so no clipping. She was severely malnourished when I first brought her home. I was told that she is a Dwarf Desert Sheep, but I have only heard of one such breed of dwarf sheep and I don't think there are any in the US, she is most likely a Painted Desert Sheep.
Sheena - Painted Shetland Sheep - Ewe
Daughter of Flower & Duncan Born March 8th 2011. We originally said we were going to butcher Flower's lamb for meat, but Sheena is far to adorable for that so we are keeping her as a pet. We have discovered that, while her hair is longer than Flower's, she sheds like a hair sheep.
Keera - Shetland Sheep - Ewe
Keera and our ram Duncan were born a day apart in May of 2010. Keera used to be super friendly, but has gotten shy as she has gotten older. Her and Duncan are related so we can't breed her. My sheep are primarily just pets anyways.
Duncan - Shetland Sheep - Ram
Duncan is such a looker! It's a shame the only ewe we have for him to breed with is Flower. He is a typical ram and you have to watch yourself when you're in the pen with him. He seems are particularly enjoy going after Jeff though - he is pretty well behaved around me. He loves to get his chin rubbed and will stand still for hours if you keep petting him.
Ollie - Alpine Mix Goat - Buck
Ollie is such a friendly guy you wouldn't think he is a buck. He also was born in May of 2010. While we were told he is an pure breed alpine his ears are a little long and floppy so we think he may have some other breeds in his bloodline. This picture is a little old and he has grown in height since this was taken. He is super friendly and loves to go on walks, he is semi halter trained. He is currently living with the sheep, because Duncan and Ashes were beating him up. He does really well living with the ewes and they don't seem to mind him at all.
Sophie & Faye - Alpine Goats - Does
Sophie is the one on the left with the horns and Faye is the lighter colored one on the right without horns. They where both born a week apart in March of 2010. They are both very friendly and easy to handle. Sophie has a bit of an attitude, but Faye is a dear. I'm hoping to be able to use them for milk for the feeder pigs. Faye is a somewhat easy milker, but Sophie needs to be hobbled.
We had 13 laying hens a mixture of hybrid layers and Black Australorps that used to free range in the back yard, but they have since been re-homed because it wasn't worth stressing them out to move them. I'm hoping to get a mixture of layers and meat chickens by next year.