Had we moved to a “regular” farm (you know, the one in your imagination: turn-of-the-last-century farmhouse with big red barn, tall silo, chicken shack, smokehouse, big fenced pastures, etc.), owning many kinds of farm animals would have been a natural thing. But we moved to a fruit farm. Fruit farms aren’t all that heavy on outbuildings. In fact, all that remains in your mind’s eye about our place is the big old farmhouse. What few outbuildings there are here were specifically used for fruit processing and storing tools…and now house cars and the lawn tractor just fine, thank you. Housing chickens, pigs, the family milk cow were secondary concerns to the original owners.
Luckily, our chosen animals aren’t terribly picky. Goats, in particular, just want a dry place to flop down.
Wait: Did she just say “goats?”
Meet our newest critter, an Alpine doe. She’s a 4 year old family milker. And: she’s due to have kids on Feb. 21st. And: she’s living, with the rabbits, in my potting shed! Whee!