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!
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!!