Nigerian Dwarf Goats
Nigerian Dwarf goat were brought to the U.S. in the 1950s from West Africa. These miniature dairy goats are used as both milk producers and companionship animals. Nigerian Dwarf goats are known for their even tempers and gentle, playful personalities. Due to this, they have made a name for themselves as a great family pet. They are easily trainable and wonderful with children.
These goats may be small in size but they require lots of room to play and explore. Their living areas need to include "toys" such as tree stumps, rocks, and other large climbing structures that they can entertain themselves with.
We have no set number of goats on the farm.
Bucks which are intact male goats live at the rear of our property, typically we have 2-4 bucks living on the farm.
Does - female goats are our milk providers. We breed each doe to a buck in hopes to improve the kid's genes/lineage. The milk is used to make cheese, butter, drinking milk and primarily soap.
Kids - young goats are always the heart throb on the farm. Full of carefree life and bouncing all around.
Great Pyrenees - Livestock Guardian Dogs (LGD)
Pyrs are big, immensely strong mountain dogs standing as high as 32 inches at the shoulder and often tipping the scales at more than 100 pounds. These steadfast guardians usually exhibit a Zen-like calm, but they can quickly spring into action and move with grace and speed to meet a threat. The lush weatherproof coat is all white, or white with markings of beautiful shades of gray, tan, reddish-brown, or badger.
Livestock guardian dogs don’t just protect sheep and goats, they can also protect poultry. The dogs will bark during the night every hour. They are warning predators to stay away. They work all night walking around, then sleep most of the day. Although sometimes they play with each other.
Zorro is the name of our oldest LGD, he is marked with a badger mask and spot. Samson is the youngest and he is all white.
The kunekune, is a small breed of domestic pig from New Zealand. Kunekune are hairy with a rotund build, and may bear wattles hanging from their lower jaws. Their colour ranges from black and white, to ginger, cream, gold-tip, black, brown and tricoloured and can grow to be between 100 to 400 pounds. The Kunekune are social, intelligent animals that live an average of 15-20 years.
Our red colored kunekune Pua (named after the pig in the movie Moana) the spotted kunekune is Pita.
Donkeys do tend to become territorial although they do not patrol their area. They are an especially alert grazing animal with very good hearing and a wider field of vision than horses. If the donkey brays loudly at threats, this may discourage predators as well.
Donkeys are naturally aggressive to canines and this behavior will extend itself to their pasture mates. Donkeys are not purposefully protective of stock but are either reacting to a threat in their territory or behaving as a maternal jenny. Donkeys make acceptable guardians of sheep, goats and calves. Often the sheep or goats come to see the larger donkey as protective and will gather near it if they perceive a threat. Donkeys can protect against a single fox, coyote, roaming dog and possibly a bobcat.
Donkeys who do attack a predator will be very aggressive, using their teeth and hooves. They may bray loudly. They will charge the threat and attempt to chase it away.
Jack is the name of our Guard Donkey.
We generally keep 2 or 3 different breeds of chickens. Currently we only have a few on the farm and they are...
This breed holds the record for egg-laying capacity. A hen once laid 364 eggs in 365 days! Black Australorps have a beautiful green sheen to their feathers that shine in the sun. This is considered a utility bird that matures early and can be used for both meat and eggs.
Easter Eggers are not a breed per se, but a variety of chicken that does not conform to any breed standard but lays large to extra large eggs that vary in shade from blue to green to olive to aqua and sometimes even pinkish. Easter Eggers vary widely in color and conformation, and are exceptionally friendly and hardy. Since they are usually quite friendly to children and humans in general, they are a great choice for a family flock.
We raise chickens until they are 3-4 years of age for eggs. After their egg production decreases they are butchered and used to supplement the LGD diet.