here are lovely photos of early spring on the farm. the goats and sheep are free ranging while i get their spring paddocks set up, the chicken and rabbit babies are very cute, and we have two fresh-born bucklings.
fred apparently farts rainbows.
meagan is an asshole. she's a great milker (says my neighbor, who gave her to me, and i believe it), but refuses to accept the otherwise preferred herd hierarchy, headbutts pregnant goats in their stomachs, climbs on and ruins everything she possibly can, and is generally a much less respectful goat than all the others. we will eat her soon, and stick with critters who are willing to enjoy a relationship of mutual respect.
this is our first buckling, born to anjhetti the saanen doe.
first buckling is pretty convinced he should be able to nurse from mari-hanna... she does have milk, but she hasn't kidded yet. her milk is not for this little boy. he tries anyway.
here is our second buckling, born to mari. he and mom both did well considering how much meconium was on him when he came out.
chicken ladies are growing up, foraging outside with the grown birds every day, and will come run up to me and climb on me when i'm nearby. they are very sweet and wily.
silkie lady lays ping pong ball sized eggs. i am very impressed with how her and her rooster man have passed the winter with little concern.
silkie rooster knows his job, though the welsummer hens are often too fast for him. nonetheless, he lets out a mighty crow and holds his own despite being the smallest male.
nest of baby bunnies. they're rex/angora cross, and will probably be eaten, though one will be sold as a pet to a neighbor's kid.
one week old baby bunny. their rex momma is doing a Great job, especially for her first litter.