Dreamer came to us in July of 2016 from a farm that raised pygmy goats. At the time, we thought that having two goats was not challenging enough so we wanted to add a third. We tried to get her to take a bottle but ended up having to force feed her to save her life. Now she is striving and has had two babies (Alpine and Brownie) over the years. She is a wonderful mother and is spoiled rotten! Dreamer is a female pygmy.
Timber came to us in Spring of 2018 . She has been such a sweet and gentle goat. This spring in 2020, she became a mother for the first time. Surprisingly, she had twins for a first time mom. Timber is wonderful mom to both Willow and Minnow. Timber is a female pygmy.
Alpine was our first baby that was bred and born at our orchard. She was born in April of 2019. Her mother is Dreamer and she did a wonderful job at raising her. Alpine became a mother to Sushi in 2020. She never lets Sushi get very far from her before they both are yelling for each other. Alpine is a female pygmy.
Willow, a little girl, was born at the orchard on April 29th, 2020. She is one twin born with her brother Minnow, and their mom is Timber. She is a little bit more reserved than her brother and loves lots of cuddles. Willow is a female pygmy.
Brownie, a little girl, was born at the orchard on April 26th, 2020. Dreamer is her mom and would be Dreamers second daughter. Brownie loves to play with Sushi and hangs out with her mom and Alpine a lot. Brownie is a female pygmy.
Sushi, a little girl, was born at the orchard on April 26th, 2020. Sushi was born to Alpine and this was her first baby. Sushi is very vocal and doesn't get very far from her mom. She loves to play with Brownie and see who can jump the most! Sushi is a female pygmy.
Sassy was one of our bottle babies that we raised in Spring of 2018. She got her name from when we were feeding her a bottle and if we were not fast enough she would stick her nose up our butt. So ever since then, she has earned her name. She also loves to escape with her partner in crime Lollipop; although she is easier to catch! Sassy is a female Toggenburg.
Pipsqueak was one of our bottle babies that we raised in Spring of 2018. She was the smallest and most lovable of all so of course we grew an attachment to her. Even though she is not a pygmy or a small goat, we just couldn't give her up. Pipsqueak is a female Toggenburg.
Lollipop came to us in early April of 2016. Lollipop loves to protect the other goats and roam the orchard getting fat. He will escape any chance he gets just to be on the other side of the fence. Brandon and him definitely have a love hate relationship after all the chasing to get Lollipop back in the pen. Lollipop is a wether pygmy.
Bananas came to us in the summer of 2018. He has been the father to all the babies born at the orchard. The only thing that Bananas really cares about is grain most of the time. He gets kind of bull headed about it but otherwise he is happy to just hang out. Bananas is a full pygmy male.
Minnow, a little boy, was born on April 26th, 2020. He is the other twin that was born to Timber. He loves to be cuddled and chew on the kids clothes and hair. He is not as reserved as his sister but still kind of laid back. Minnow is a full pygmy male.
Cream and Pretzel came to us last fall. I was working the counter and some people came and said that "we have your goats." I thought they were talking about our goats getting out but surprise, surprise, my husband got two more goats. They are both kind of skittish but do love the kids a lot. We were told that they were both pygmy's but we think they are a cross.
We raise many chickens at the orchard. Each year you may see some different varieties because with having kids, they cant wait to go and buy new chicks during the chick season. On average we have about 50 chickens at the orchard that are usually all egg laying. I am no expert at sexing a chicken so we do end up with roosters sometimes. Although, we try to only have one rooster, sometimes there are more until we can find homes for them. The picture above is Hehe, yes just like in Moana. He thinks he is really big and mighty, but he is only a third the size of our normal egg laying hens. It is not unusual to see some of the chickens out of the pen, they kind of do what they want and wont hurt anyone. When we do have eggs available, we do offer them at our store.
In 2016, we added some turkeys to our orchard. They love to follow you around! We have to be careful that they don't peck the apples but otherwise they are friendly. Right now we only have two females and would love to add a male if we find one of the same breed. The males are usually the only ones to flare up their tails and are beautiful when they do it. One of our females has started doing the tail flare since we lost our male this spring. It is very interesting researching turkey behavior and learning new behavior from our turkeys at the orchard.
Geese have become a very interesting animal to have at the orchard. We thought the guinea hens were loud but I think the geese have out done them. They are very protective of their kind. We do let them out to roam the orchard so you may see them wondering around. Don't worry, they won't hurt you and will run the other way before you get too close. If they are in their pen, we have one male with an orange beak, that will hiss a lot.
We started with a pair of ducks and we grow every year. Our kakhi ducks love to be moms. Unfortunately living in the country we don't have excellent luck with raising ducklings but we have learned. We took three ducklings into our home this year to raise them and our oldest daughter, Anala, has one duckling named Darbarg that has imprinted on her. The ducks love to play in the water and swim in their pool!
Guineas are a very unique animal to have at an orchard. We call them the sirens because they make a very loud noise when going off. They are nice to have because they will warn the other animals of possible intruders even though they mistake us as intruders sometimes. They also very much enjoy ticks and japanese beetles which we have a lot of at the orchard.
Right now we only have one rabbit that is truely ours at the orchard. Her name is Water and she is small and so nice. She loves to eat dandelions so it is good that we have an abundance! We hope at some time to find her a friend.