We have a small flock of Lleyn cross sheep, about 20 or so ewes with Baary the ram and Chops our pet sheep. Chops was an orphan lamb who was bottle-reared by my daughters.
|Chops - some sheep are special.|
We try to have a theme when naming lambs. In Chops' year it was cuts of meat. Other years have featured flowers (Snowdrop, Daffodil) or the more descriptive (One Spot, Patch). In 2011 we named all of the lambs after the Formula One drivers.
Our ponies work aren't just here for decoration, their main job is as conservation grazers because they eat the things that sheep don't. Of course they do other pony things too...
We always have hens to help in the garden. At the moment we have four Calder Rangers and Mum has four Bluebells. They have to be kept in or allowed out only when we are with them as we have foxes who will snatch them in broad daylight from the garden. There is nothing worse, I have discovered, than hearing the terrified screech of your favourite hen as she is snatched while you're in a different part of the garden hanging out the washing.
These Calder Rangers are the sweetest and most affectionate hens we have owned. When I'm weeding they virtually sit on my lap waiting for grubs, when I'm digging they are right in the way of the fork or spade. Catching them to put them away in their coop is just a matter of picking them up. They are social, love nothing better than a friendly chat and lay lovely brown eggs.
We use them and their coop as a chicken tractor to clear the vegetable borders and in the winter they will move into the polytunnel to keep it and them warm.
|Scamp and Mido|
Mido joined us a few years ago via the Dogs Trust re-homing scheme. He had been found roaming the streets of Fishguard as a puppy scavenging from bins and bird tables, hairless due to mange. He was found a new home with a couple who nursed him back to health but they had to give him up when their circumstances changed. He was the perfect addition to our family as he was well-used to children and he takes his role as guard dog very seriously.
|Patchy and Lucky|