2 Great Pyrenees mountain dogs
22 guinea fowl
Here's a brief introduction to the citizens who have recently moved in.
Our two Great Pyrenees mountain dogs are livestock guardians for the male alpacas. Bundle is a 9 month old female from Rosasharn farm in Rehoboth, MA
Shiro is a 9 week old male from a breeder in New Gloucester, Maine who also has dogs with Rosasharn bloodlines. Shiro's grandmother is also Bundle's grandmother. Bundle's father is Shiro's grandfather. Although Bundle and Shiro have know each other less than a week, they're already best friends. Bundle is teaching Shiro how to guard effectively. They have boundless energy.
Our llama is Black Orchid from Fort Lucas farm in Colrain, MA. She guards the female alpaca vigilantly. She's pregnant and today she'll have her first pre-natal visit from a traveling vet.
Our rabbits are 10 years old and share the coop with the chickens. The male is Jack and the female is Annie. They enjoy the scraps of fresh vegetables we bring to the flock - broccoli stems from the garden, corn cobs, and lettuce.
Our cats are also 10 years old. Tigger enjoys sleeping in the sun, while his sister, Lily spends her time exploring the house and looking for small creatures to chase.
Since moving to the farm at the end of April, we've had to build the infrastructure and support systems to keep our barnyard citizens healthy and happy. Picking the right hay, controlling flies, and managing manure are all skills we did not have a few months ago. In upcoming Thursday posts, I'll share all our lessons learned on topics that may be unfamiliar territory for my usual readers!