Saturday, January 22, 2011

How many animals?

I get this question all the time, but for whatever reason, it never occurred to me to blog about it. So, here goes . . . As of today, this is how many animals we have, but remember, lots of babies are coming this spring!

Nigerian dwarf goats: 8 bucks, 21 does, and only 2 kids at the moment, but that will be changing in a couple weeks!

La mancha goats: 2 does who will be looking for a pet home this spring if they don't have kids.

Cheyenne, a Shetland ewe
Shetland sheep: 1 ram, 3 wethers, 9 ewes

Julia Child, our first guinea hog gilt
American guinea hogs: 1 gilt, 1 boar

Katy and Dolce
Llamas: 4 males, 2 females

Jaxon and the heifers play ring-around-the-roses
Irish dexter cattle: 2 heifers, 1 bull (two calves coming in early March!)

Chickens: They're hard to count, because they don't stop moving, but it's about 40 New Hampshire hens, 3 N.H. roosters, 25 Ameraucanas, and half a dozen mutts.

Turkeys: 2 gobblers (one slate, one black Spanish), 1 bourbon red hen, 4 slate hens.

Geese: 9

Ducks: 3

Horse: 1
Chicken house in winter

Photos were from the archives as our world is currently covered in snow. It sure is fun looking through all these photos when it's 6 degrees outside.


Sheila said...

All those animals and I bet you left out a dog and at least one cat. It looks like a lot of work, but also a lot of fun! Enjoy your weekend.

Deborah @ Antiquity Oaks said...

Shhh! Don't tell the dogs and cats I forgot about them. Yep, there is Sovalye, the Anatolian livestock guardian, and Porter, the English shepherd. We have a few barn cats that come and go, but they definitely keep the rodent population down.

WorkingGoats4 said...

Wow. That is like 146 animals! How do you ever get chores done? I'd think you'd be out there all day caring for them. You guys must be really good at time mangement! :)


Lisa said...

Julia Child? As in she's going to make food?

What a great hog name.

Deborah @ Antiquity Oaks said...

Yes, exactly, Lisa! And the boar is named James Beard.

Nancy K. said...

I can't believe you forgot your dogs! Then again, they're more like "family" than like animals.

Julia looks huge! There's a big difference between my two girls. I should pick them up and weigh them while I still can. But they scream bloody murder, when ever I pick them up!

It takes me close to an hour to feed and water my animals. How the heck long does it take you?

Deborah @ Antiquity Oaks said...

That picture of Julia is from November. She is a lot bigger now. She was eight months old then, so much older than your girls.

Remember that we normally have four people here, so it's 45 minutes to an hour for two or three people. When I'm here by myself, it takes me about 90 minutes to two hours twice a day. It's amazing how the time flies though!

The Apple Pie Gal said...

Very impressive! I have been reading thru on your goats lately since we are considering them for next year (2012). Lots to learn about! This year...chickens! One thing at a time and before you know it...well just look what can happen! :)

Penny said...

What about the Partridge in the pear tree?? I'm certain if you look closely there has to be one! LOL

Meg said...

Are the ducks and geese for meat, eggs or both? What about the Llamas? Curious as we try to plan our own farm.

Deborah @ Antiquity Oaks said...

The ducks and geese were supposed to be for meat, but plucking them is quite a chore, because of the down. I'm not a fan of duck eggs, although if you like yolks, you'll probably love them - they have huge yolks.

The llamas' main purpose is to guard the sheep and goats from coyotes. Since they have to be sheared in the summer so they don't get overheated, we also use their fiber.

Anonymous said...

Hi Deborah! I love that you have all of those animals, the pictures are great! :)


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