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Saturday, April 18, 2009

Step away from the chickens, and nobody gets hurt


Meet Peso. The newest addition to our mini-farm.

One of the sad realities of raising chickens is predators. Foxes (yes, we had a fox in the henhouse last year!), raccoons (three at once!), skunks, weasels--they're all looking for a free chicken dinner.

Enter the guard goat. We used to have a pygmy goat, Clover, may-she-rest-in-peaceful-fields. Never did we lose a chicken when Clover was on patrol! But then Clover got old and died. And really, goats can be a pain. They're sneaky. So we went without a goat. And lost 24 chickens in one year. Soooo, this year, we found ourselves a new goat. Here are a couple pictures to give you a better idea of how big Peso is. He is nearly a year old, so this is as big as he gets. He's a Nigerian Dwarf goat--I think. Or a mix. LOL


Jake (7) with Peso trying to eat his Crocs.


Maddy (9) giving Peso a little luv

So Peso really isn't very scary. Unless you're trying to kill a chicken that don't belong to ya!

I thought you might like an update about what else is growing at the homestead.


Danny (4) with Tip and Caramel


Caramel keeping my feet warm.

6 comments:

Shannan Teubner said...

How cute!!

Sharon said...

Peso is very cute but your kiddos are even cuter!!

Tandra said...

Peso is so cute! I like goats!
Oh my Caramel is getting BIG! Shes beautiful!
And the kiddos are dolls!

Beedubya said...

Caramel and Peso are so cute!! I need a pet that's not a hairy frenchman.

Paula said...

So much fun Amy. That little caramel is a cutie for sure. So are your kids.

Kathy said...

How's Peso doing these days? He sure is a cutie. Cute kids, cute animals. Steals your heart, doesn't it?!