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 Alpacas

March 2, 2015 no comments Posted in Animals

I’ve mentioned before our beloved friend and pastor Rod DiPietro whose parrot Hannah we adopted after he passed away unexpectedly a few years ago. Father Rod was a great animal lover and along with a love for African Grey Parrots, he sparked in us a love of alpaca. GiGi helped Rod with the care and vaccinations of the three alpaca he owned when she worked for the church so we all got a lot of opportunities to interact with the flock and grew to love them. Once we started adding animals to our farmstead, we all knew it was only a matter of time before an alpaca or two joined the herd.

the alpacas

It took a few years but GiGi and I finally went to pick up two young males from a few miles down the road. Named Monty and Sergeant Pepper, the boys were about a year old and pretty skittish. Unfortunately, a few months after they settled in here, a freak accident (and a story for another time) took Monty from us. Since alpaca are herd animals, they do not do well on their own and they don’t mix well enough with other species to feel companionship with the sheep or the goats.

We immediately began looking for a buddy for Sgt Pepper. Luckily we found one quickly and close to home so we went to look at him immediately. When we got to the home of the man who was selling him, though, we learned that he was trying to thin his herd out significantly. Instead of the one young male we intended to take, we ended up with a mama and her female cria… and then shortly after we went back to get another mama and female cria. So now we have 4 ladies to keep Sgt Pepper company. We named the females to go along with Sgt Pepper so Lucy and her baby Rita came to us first, followed by Jude and her baby Michelle. The alpaca are all still a bit skittish around people but when (or if?) springtime finally gets here, we will start working with them to get them more comfortable.

 

 

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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