The Animals

Within a few months our farm animals have transformed from an exotic adjunct to the family into the cornerstone of our household economy. Now I can’t imagine life without abundant fresh eggs, or the waste recycling capabilities of pigs, or whatever it is that our goats contribute…

Above all, though, they offer an ancient feeling of companionship (you’re never alone if you’re within earshot of oinking) and a profound feeling of completeness.

Thus far we’ve acquired a few representatives of some farmyard animals to see if they’re any good and, if so, breed from them. In these tough times the reproductive power of animals is an attractive proposition money-wise.

This page, then, is a photographic tribute to my loyal, greedy and sometimes smelly animal friends. (I’m sure they’d say at least two of those things about me!):

The pigs

The pot-bellies

pot belly

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Attributes: Love-machines, Klingon look-a-likes.

The Mini Pigs (a Gloucester Old Spot escaped and found a pot bellied pig…)

mini pigs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Attributes: Houdini-like escape artists, rotovators extraordinaire.

The big pigs (A cross between – I think – a Gloucester old Spot and a Duroc)

big pig

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Attributes: So friendly. So edible.

The dogs

Lucy (Labrador-Collie cross)

lucy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Attributes: Guard dog, flouncer.

Poppy (Fauve de Bretagne)

poppy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Attributes: Errrm … moth hunter?

The hens  (Brown ones)

hen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Attributes: 6 eggs a day. Not each.

The Guinea fowl (Pearl Grey)

guinea

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Attributes: Noisy. More stupid than hens. Comedy eggs.

The goats (Chevres des Fossés, maybe crossed with something even less distinguished)

goat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Attributes: Weed eaters. Neurotic.