Our Animals & Pets
We have a motley selection of goats! This is Raelene (she is a runner!) on the left when she was only 6 months old - she loves to have her ears scratched and talks to us from the paddock. Raelene had twins, Bonnie and Clyde in November 2007 and this is them only a few hours old. Rae had another set of twins (boys) in July 2008, Pepper and Salt. Unfortunately Salt didn't make it through the cold nights but Pepper is doing okay. Here he is with Rae before being moved back to the paddock with the others. And in September 2009, Rae had her third set of twins - boys again! They are called Spot and Socks and are just one week old as I write this!
The other little kid is Scoobie, Shaggy's little girl born a couple of days before Pepper and Salt. She is a gorgeous tease and will play and jump around all day long if Shaggy lets her! She is thriving and a joy to watch.
Billy ... a very handsome goat who knows he is boss and dad to all the babies. Caramel is the banded one and happy to eat out of your hand. Shaggy (on the right) is Scoobie's mum and actually belongs to our neighbours but likes to be with the others.
Percy is our beautiful Peacock and is the source of the cat-wauling you may hear at dusk during mating season (early summer). He spends his days tormenting the chickens in their yard and the nights perched up in the highest branch of the Ironbark behind the garage. He is a great watchdog and lets us know whenever someone is approaching. Here he is displaying his full glory in front of the chooks new 'Chook Mahal'!!!
Our chickens were all hand-reared and are quite happy to come over for a hello and to untie your shoelaces! They are producing some yummy eggs! Our neighbours have loads of chooks and roosters who supplement our egg requirements!
Greg just build the chooks their very own Chook Mahal ... they have taken to it very quickly and can survey the garden from their egg laying box through a window - not to mention the stain-glass window in the front door (courtesy of the course Kathy is doing)!