We put Vargo in with the other goats on Saturday and it was a big success - OK, they aren't super-friendly yet but there was no fighting and they are hanging out together :)
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Yesterday we moved Vargo the goat into the paddock next to the other goats. He is sharing with the donkeys at the moment and we hope to move him in with the goats once they get used to each other. It looks promising! Sally the goat went under the fence to meet him and after not being very welcoming towards him, she has settled down and is sharing the paddock with him and the donkeys!
When we set up the rooster colony, we set the limit at 40 roosters; today we welcome roosters numbered 58, 59 and 60! Definitely no more - not only because of the expense of feeding them and the other animals in the sanctuary, but also because we don't want the roosters to be overcrowded. These three boys came from two homes in Auckland, where they were rescued and much loved but unfortunately couldn't stay because of their crowing. They are very welcome here. Meet Henri (the white boy), Flaubert and Proust.
This billy goat appeared unannounced at a property near Kaiwaka last week and after trying unsuccessfully to find his owner, Donna contacted us and Malcolm went and collected him. He is quite tame and looks like he may have been kept on a chain. He has to be on his own for a while because he hasn't been neutered and he stinks! The vet will see him on Wednesday to check him out and neuter him. We hope that he will eventually join our goat herd but it will depend on personality clashes - I think Monty may be very unhappy!. If it doesn't work out, he may become a token alpaca :)
Our rescued boy, AJ, moved out of the hutch on Saturday and he settled very quickly in the main enclosure. When we checked on him that night, he had joined the other boys in the bottom shelter for the night. When we checked on him this evening we noticed that he had a very full crop, meaning that he has eaten a lot and will hopefully be putting on the weight he needs.
The photo below is of Bib, sitting on my lap watching Big Brother on TV!! On Friday he didn't want to eat and by Saturday morning he seemed to be on death's door. We took him to the vet who thought that he was very old, but gave him a booster shot and a round of antibiotics. We brought him home and put him in a cage with a hot water bottle and beside a heater, and gave him some water at regular intervals. Luckily he has perked up a bit and is much more alert than he was two days ago. We have started feeding him some blended food through a syringe. Fingers crossed that he will continue to improve.
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This has been a busy month at the sanctuary, so I will comment on everything I can think of!
1. We were thrilled that Karina Jex offered to sponsor our two oldest pigs, Peggy and Sue, and it was lovely to meet her and her family today when they came to meet all of the animals.
2. We decided to get the sheep shorn this month, even though they didn't really need it ... and it was lucky that we did because we discovered that Jack had the beginnings of fly strike. Fortunately it was caught in time. Below are Tyrone, Jack and Ashleigh.
3. We received a phone call the other night from a woman who was concerned about a rooster at the Pohuehue viaduct, so my stepson Anthony and I went and got him and brought him home. It was my stepson's first rescue so I named the rooster AJ, after him. AJ has hardly any feathers on his wings and he is suffering from scaly leg mites. We drenched him for internal parasites, dusted him with mite powder and vaselined his legs (Vaseline suffocates the mit ...
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Yoda, Cheetah and Mary were adopted from here back in January and they have been very well looked after if their big tummies are anything to go by! Unfortunately Donna can't keep them any longer due to family health issues, so they have come home. Much as we would love to keep them, if there is anyone out there who would like to adopt them they are available. Pets only, of course!
What an awesome idea: Cathie's brother and sister-in-law, Rob and Jenny-Lee, decided that they would celebrate Cathie's 40th birthday by sponsoring our lovely boy Chooky on her behalf.
Chooky is our tamest and cheekiest rooster. He is only little but he is very feisty. Unfortunately he had a bit of a hard time in the spring when some of our other roosters decided to pick on him and pulled out a lot of his feathers, but those naughty boys have been put in preventive detention (another part of the enclosure) and Chooky's feathers are growing back.
We are very grateful for Chooky's sponsorship and we look forward to meeting Cathie, Rob and Jenny-Lee before too long.