Meet & Greet: The Poultry

April 18, 2015 no comments Posted in Animals, Meet & Greet

We’ve arrived at our final Meet & Greet and this one includes more than half of the creatures residing at GiPop Acres. The poultry group is made up of chickens, ducks, and geese and they really are a lot of the activity around here. Seriously, it’s quite a challenge to drive, walk, pull a wagon, etc around here without having to dodge at least half a dozen chickens.

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We have somewhere in the neighborhood of 50 hens and roosters of various breeds (Delawares, Buff Orpingtons, Easter Eggers, Rhode Island Reds, etc) hanging around here to provide us with eggs and meat. The hens pretty much do their own thing, wandering around trying to find bugs and seeds to eat.

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Meet & Greet: The Pigs

March 13, 2015 no comments Posted in Animals, Meet & Greet

pigsThe pigs were in Coshocton for the past month so they could spend some time with their (possible?) baby-daddy Hillbilly.  The whole time they were gone, we kept looking out the kitchen window to their empty pen and sighing. We missed them smacking their lips while they chewed with their mouths open and them running to greet us when we come to feed them… if it’s warm and sunny enough for them to get out of bed, that is. So in honor of the girls finally returning home, it’s time for their Meet & Greet!

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Meet & Greet: The Goats

March 11, 2015 no comments Posted in Animals, Meet & Greet

And now we meet the goats. What would GiPop Acres be without the goats? A lot less exciting, that’s for sure. These guys are a constant source of entertainment and trouble-making. Goats, in general, tend to be a lot less skittish than other livestock (I’m looking at you sheep & alpaca) so not only do they not run away when you move towards them, most will come running to you for food, or pets, or just curiosity. I always tell people that our goats are more like dogs than livestock. Each has his or her own personality and temperament and it’s time to meet them!

The Does

We have seven does for breeding and milking. Three of the does have previously kidded and four are currently bred, due to deliver any day now. I’m sure that as soon as I post this we’ll have new goats to add 🙂 These are our does…

Pippa: along with her twin sister Poppy, Pippa is one of the last of GiPop Acres’ original herd of goats. She is an Oberhasli doe and has had one kid {Brutus}. Pippa is laid-back and calm… for a goat, that is. She does her own thing and gets along with pretty much everybody.

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Meet & Greet: The Dogs

March 9, 2015 one comment Posted in Animals, Meet & Greet

Whew! Busy week last week! Between the barn flooding, goats threatening to have babies, a paper due in my class, and my car being in the shop I managed to get a little behind on my blog posting. But now I’m back on schedule and continuing with our Meet & Greet series.

Today we meet the dogs. It may seem a bit crazy to some people, but the fact that GiGi, PopPop, and I only have three dogs between us blows my mind. Maybe we’ve hit critical mass on the number of animals we have to take care of? Whatever the reason, we have three dogs to meet today!lilly

Lilly is GiGi’s little papillon. She’s five years old and is about six four and a half pounds of hair, fish bones, and enthusiasm. Lilly’s favorite activities include chasing cats, licking people’s faces, and running in circles at top speed. She may look delicate but Lilly is positive that she’s the biggest, toughest, rough-and-tumble-est farm dog there is. You can catch her any given day following GiGi around wherever her chores take her… when she’s not snoozing in a patch of sun on the back of the couch, that is…

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Meet & Greet: The Wildlife

February 27, 2015 one comment Posted in Animals, Meet & Greet

I know this is cheating because we can’t really claim wild animals as our own… but we’ve had some visitors during these cold and snowy days so I thought I’d share some photos.

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some young bucks up in the field
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they had quite a posse by the time I got close enough to scare them away
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found someone spying on me while I vacuumed the porch
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but she was hungry so I wasn’t interesting for very long
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this poor little girl was braving the snowstorm
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the birdies love GiGi’s suet feeders all winter long!
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