Well, my chicken painting sold last week and I have another one listed. This one is a Polish Chicken! Fun stuff! I also painted a waterfall this week and a cute one of my Nigerian Goats on a bright sunflower background. Happy art week!
So, goats are all settled in and we have our routine now! Chickens should arrive sometime next week and the rabbit hutch should arrive for our bunny, Nutmeg!
My next update should include the rabbit hutch and pictures of my chickens and rooster! Can’t wait! This process of building this petting zoo was just a dream for the last 20 years, but it started to become a reality in February of this year and it is almost all set up! 🙂
We have recently begun establishing a mini-farm complete with 9 chickens, 1 rooster, and four Nigerian Goats! I have always painted farm animals in the past, but now I can paint my own! I will list animal and farm scene paintings here on Etsy. I plan to use the money from any of my painting sales to assist with feed/farm expenses! I’m planning to do a series of small (8×10) for $50 and I will do some larger ones which will range from $100 -$350 so I plan to keep the originals affordable. I think there is nothing like owning an original compared to a print!
Okay, so a lot has happened since my last post! As I mentioned in my previous post we are also having Nigerian Goats and that is a first for us as well! We started with 2 and then at the recommendation of our veterinarian to have 3 or possibly more for a number of reasons. Meet our babies that we will bring home sometime in June!
We’ve also received our goat shed and I’ve started a play area for them!
We will be making modifications to the door. We prefer more of a stall barn door so that we can leave the bottom open during the day and the top closed in case of rain and close both to lock everyone in for the evening.
We receive our chicken coop this weekend and you can see the location marked with the sticks. The run will be delivered next week sometime. After that we will have the 6 foot chain link fence installed, dig the trench for the underground wire and we had planned on doing a heavy duty poultry netting. That was until we saw this guy walz into our backyard. YIKES!!! Beautiful creature and didn’t bother anything because he probably wasn’t hungry when he came through. We have four small long haired chihuahuas and I’m sure he could smell them, but didn’t seem to pay attention.
So, change of plans! Called our fence guy and he’s going to design something for the roof involving welded trusses in the center with light weight galvanized wire for the roof. I will be sure to post pictures once it’s installed.
After that is all complete, we bring home our chickens, rooster, and Nigerian goats! Anyone that thinks you are going to just go get some chickens and a coop and you’ll be done in two weeks…..our plan started in February and I’ve been dreaming about this for about 20 years! We are doing everything we can to ensure the safety of these animals! They will have a 30 x 40 foot protected area to roam around, but they will not ever be “free ranged” because the number of predators are far too great here! More to come…..
Well, I posted the other day about getting two Nigerian Goats. Then while emailing with our Veterinarian she mentioned it’s better to have at least 3 or more! They are herd animals and are much happier when they are together and if you only have 2 and one gets sick it becomes a real problem.
So, I had already reached out to the breeder to see if she had more boys available. She did…twin boys! OMG! Twins!! So, meet our 4 boys!
All of this is new for us, both the chickens and the goats. So, we are embarking on a journey and that journey is a winding road with lots of decision points! We are going to see how they do together, but will keep the goats out of the chicken feed! Lots more research and preparation required for the area they will share with the chickens, but very exciting!
As I mentioned in my first blog, I have always dreamed of owning a mini petting zoo or backyard farm. Another piece of that dream was added this week!! Please welcome our first two Nigerian Dwarf Goats! We haven’t named them yet and they won’t be coming to live with us until June as they are only one month old here.
So, to house them properly we purchased the shelter below and plan to customize the inside to accommodate the goats.
They will be sitting next to the chicken coop, but they have about a 30 x 40 area that they will share with the chickens all enclosed with a 6 foot chain link fence. Due to concerns of critters we’ll have an electric fence surrounding the outside of the chain link for added protection and poultry netting on top to keep the hawks from attacking the chickens.
We have a cousin that owned goats and is willing to give us some of the goat toys they still have which includes a couple of spools and a couple of huge tractor tires! Let the playtime begin!!