Well, the surprise is here....
This is Delilah, a six year old pygmy doe. She was living alone since her companion died and I saw her during the Kaw Valley Farm Tour. I gave her maa maa my name and number if she ever wanted to rehome her... and Thursday, got a wonderful phone call from Nancy Thellman, of Juniper Hill Farms.
I wrote about Juniper Hill here.
Sorry for the picture, I was taking it on the fly. If you notice, one of the little girls is on the fly as well... there is some pushing going on as Delilah settles in, but I am keeping an eye on them.
There are some chickens trapped in there, so I am going out in a minute to straighten that out, too.
I am absolutely blessed to be able to go out and work in weather like this.
And our color is really showing now.
What a pleasure to even do errands.
I proclaim this The Last Snake of the Year.
In the goat barn yesterday, and I suspect was very lethargic, because I shook the straw and he barely moved. I hope he got somewhere warm, as it was 27 degrees this morning as I went out to do chores.
The cold does not bother Donald and the intrepid duck girls.
And I thought these petunias were goners, but LOOK!
As you see, the basil is gone, but the parsley... good gosh.
You cannot see them all here, but the Thellmans also gifted us with six beautiful hens. I am leaving them in their crate until dark, and then will let them into the henspa, after the hens have gone to roost. That way, they can find the water and feed, and find a good place to roost for the night.
They are lovely hens... there is a little brassy back Old English gamebird girl in the back, you can just see her tail. I'll get better pictures as I turn them loose tonight, and tomorrow morning.
Of course, I had the help of Pug Power, the Assistant Protector of Us All.
This was NOT supposed to happen. While trying to get a rooster and two hens out of the goat yard,
the babies escaped.
It took all of 2 minutes for Delilah to figure out how to get out of the pasture and into the yard.
I turned around, and there she was!
I had just put the new chickens in the coop, and pulled the cage out.... and boom.
Not even a Ritz cracker could get her back, she was too interested in the yard.
Tomorrow, she can explore it, after Keith leaves for work.
I finally put Lilly on a leash, and after Delilah threatened her a few times, she was happy to follow me back across the yard, and run into the pen (while Lilly looked around in the pasture). They are all four out there now, getting ready for bed, I hope.
I hope the babies don't have to sleep in the trough tonight!
I'm hidin' in here, Maa Maa, so she can't find me!!!!
Thank you so much, Thellman Family, for these wonderful gifts to Calamity Acres!
We hope you'll come see your babies anytime you would like!