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Tweetie Nesting Instinct

Little Tweetie the orphaned sparrow is looking for a mate and feathering his nest which is inside of a chandelier at the ranch house. Beware if you're reading a paper or have anything that catches his eye - he'll steal it in a flash and fly off with it. 

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Pretty doe “Mandy” takes a long, cool drink

Pretty doe "Mandy" takes a long, cool drink. She's a Nubian mix - one of four offspring of doe "Maria." Mandy is the sergeant in arms of Mr. Bossy himself - Rufus. They like to push the smaller goats around some.  The goats (and sheep) will take turns at the stock...

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Hawk Switches Barns

Well, kind of. Our friendly neighborhood hawk moved from the hangar barn over to the new "BarnDominium" recently. He'll not have much better luck there with the other chicken flock. They too, are housed and the only way they'll be hawk bait is for the raptor to...

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Guard Geese Show Off

I was down at the hangar corral to see how Charmaine the duck hen was coming along. Fortunately, after our friend Brenda rescued her from marauding roosters, the feathers on the back of her neck and head have completely replenished themselves. So she's looking normal...

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Hawks: Why we house the chickens

Sorry Mr. Raptor,  no chicken treats for you today!  All the chickies are put away..... There was a hawk peering into the chicken house down at the hangar barn this morning. A beautiful specimen. I startled it when walking in so it flew up into the rafters and sat for...

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Brady Bonkers for Breakfast

Our little Pygmy wether Brady was very enthusiastic about his breakfast this morning. The sheep looked on as he kept jumping up on me to demand his treats. You can hear "Cowgirl" the mare snorting in the background in support of Brady's pestering. Check his little...

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BonBon’s homecoming

This is a video compilation of BonBon's homecoming over the weekend. She just spent the last three days and nights at Clifton Veterinary Clinic because, once again, this sweet jenny developed a bout of "choke" after hoof trims this past week. The first choke incident...

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Rufus the Attention Toll-Taker

Rufus is our wonderful and affectionate Nubian/Boer mix wether. He's the biggest, most dominant goat in the herd and definitely the leader of them all. Our feeding routine includes pushing up the goats' feed buckets to the fence line so it's easier to distribute their...

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Charmaine Mud Play and Dinner Time with Geese

Charmaine the duck hen is integrating well now with the geese. In this video compilation, you can see her playing in the mud, jockeying for food and just plain having out with the bigger waterfowl. By every indication, the geese have completely accepted her. We think...

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Bossy BonBon at Chow Time

Our lovely BonBon is an enthusiastic eater and chow time. Here, you can see her savoring every little scrap of her feed. Notice how towards the end of the video she pushes away Mocha (the dark Jenny on the right of the screen, and her son Nestle (gelding on the left...

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Callie Comforts Mocha at Dinnertime

Callie Comforts Mocha at Dinnertime

Mocha (the dark Jenny) is quite vocal and puts up a fuss at dinnertime. Same for gelding Nestle (brown). Here, they are putting up a fuss and Callie saunters over to Mocha to comfort her and calm her down a bit. Once she gets Mocha to stop crying she heads over to me...

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Jules the Rascal!

Jules the Rascal!

The morning meal is special for the donkeys because they get some carrot nibs mixed with their grain. First, I'll pull back the metal feed bins, drop in some carrots and then add grain before tipping them towards the donkeys so they can eat. Well, Jules just can't...

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Donkeys On Parade

Donkeys On Parade

The jacks up at the new barn heard me callin' so they are moseying down for their dinner. Note how Brady the pygmy is romping and bothering the sheep whilst mare/shepherdess "CowGirl" ignores all the action. In the evening, the donkeys get a small portion of Purina...

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BonBon’s Abscess Recovery

BonBon’s Abscess Recovery

During the muddy season in late Winter and early Fall, the donkeys will often get small rocks packed into the bottom of their hooves. If I see them limping, I'll use a hoof knife to clear that out, but sometimes bruising from a rock will cause an infection to happen....

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Jacks Playing

Jacks Playing

Jules and Hershel - both geldings - were playing in the corral by the new barn a few days ago and I was lucky enough to catch them on a short video. Donkeys are known for their playtime antics which includes nudging each other, sneak attacks, and grabbing the scruffs...

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