Penny is our little Yorkshire terrier and inspiration for the name of the farm. She enjoys chasing chipmunks, squirrels and (unfortunately for us) chickens. She also loves to curl up on the sofa and on people’s laps.
We were lucky to get the opportunity to adopt her from a great shelter.
Shaffron is our large bulldog mix. We got her just a few weeks after moving to the farm. She is still adjusting to living in a house environment but is making good progress. She did manage to eat a wild toad off the driveway before we could stop her.
When we bought the property, the sellers were kind enough to leave us 2 of their Angora goats, Harriet and Butterbean (shown above). We have since expanded the herd (other common terms for a group of goats is flock, tribe or trip) with 3 additional goats, Ruby, Rascal and Rosebud. Looking at the pictures, you may first think that they look like sheep, not goats. However, Angora goats are raised for their fleece (which is mohair) so they often look quite shaggy. They will be sheared on average twice per year and their fleece can be spun into yarn to make various products.
Butterbean is around 4 years old and may be partially mixed with pygmy or may just be a small goat. He is a wether. He has a lot of personality and really loves his grains and sweet feed.
Harriet is our oldest goat at 12+ years old. She has had many kids over the years and, as a result, her stomach is expanded so she may look a bit fat, but she isn’t pregnant.
Ruby was originally born on our property before she was moved to a nearby farm. Now she has returned to the place of her birth. She is the mother of both Rascal and Rosebud and is around 6 years old.
Rascal is around 3 years old. He is a wether, like Butterbean, but he is much larger and has the largest set of horns in the flock.
Rosebud is currently our youngest goat around 2 years old. She is a bit hand-shy but we are working on getting her more comfortable eating out of our hands and being touched.
We asked the sellers if they could leave some chickens for us. They left us 10 hens and 1 rooster. On average, we collect around 4 eggs per day! We usually have an extra dozen or two dozen eggs ready at all times to give out to visitors.
Pineapple is our bantam rooster. Bantam basically means miniature. He likes to crow, a lot.
Mindy, short for main independent chicken, is one of the hens that is most adventurous and even spends time outside of the pasture fences at times. She is curious and less afraid than many of the other hens.
Sindy, short for secondary independent chicken, is another adventurous hen. While she is less likely to be outside the fences than Mindy, she does like to explore areas the other hens don’t go. She also tends to freeze when we approach so she is the easiest hen to pick up.
We haven’t named any of the other 8 hens yet.
One day, while taking grain out to the goats, I turned around to see almost the entire flock of chickens following me: