Monthly Archives: November 2016

All Tucked In For Winter

We are often asked where the animals from the petting zoo GO in the winter?!?!?

The zoo area is not very hospitable in the winter, so it is a fair enough question.

winter-zoo

The large animals – Molly, Lilly, the llama girls, horse, ponies and donkeys are turned into the large wooded pasture that you see when you come up the driveway. There are three loafing sheds in the trees to protect them from the cold winds, wet and snow.

herd, pony, llama, sheep, cow, cattle, angus, highland cattle

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(Here are a couple pics of the "door shed" Jill and Lois created. 

Approximately 12 x 20 and cost less than $200!)

The small animal herd is in a separate smaller pen sharing a shelter.

The old barn has been converted to the poultry / bunny barn.

poultry winter-4

poultry winter-7Chicken Coop

poultry winter-1Guinea Coop
flemish giant, rabbit, bunny, clara, walter,

Clara tucked in for the long, cold, dark season.

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George and Ruby have a brand new fully insulated house.

Winter 2015/2016 a straw house……..winter 2016/2017 a wood house…… winter 2017/2018 brick????

Just because we close to the public doesn’t mean the work stops.  The animals still need food, water and boy are they attention hogs after working in the zoo all summer!

 

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Lulu Una

On Feb 26th 2015, we had our second baby to be born on the farm since the 1940’s!

It was a balmy -27 F

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Lulu spent her first few days in a paper towel box in the kitchen wearing a pair of preemi baby jammies.

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It’s important for babies to get their mothers first milk…immediately.  It is also important to not be attacked by the mother while trying to obtain the first milk.  It only took a few attempts for me to realized I needed back up.  Another phone call I am sure my sister never thought she’d get!

Freedom is not a big fan of being milked.  I am not a big fan of milking sheep.  I hope we have no repeat performances of that debacle.