Well the homestead is growing rapidly as far as the animal residents are concerned. The current tally of critters is...
16 Rhode Island White chickens
2 Buff Orpington hens
10 Pekin ducks
9 ducks of undetermined breed... probably Khaki-Campbell
3 Yorkshire-mix pigs(2 gilts and 1 boar)
1 very large potbelly pig boar - rescue
6 dwarf goats of undetermined breed
8 Texan Pioneer Pigeons
3 Gulf Coast Native Sheep (2 ewes who are both pregnant and a ram)
1 Anatolian Shepherd puppy named Xena, the Livestock Guardian Dog.
The only animals currently on my wish list are rabbits. I'd like to get New Zealand and Californian rabbits and then crossbreed them for hybrid vigor.
In addition I'm collecting duck eggs for the incubator. The ducks didn't lay any eggs from the time I got them about 3 months ago, until a few days ago. Then it was like someone flipped switch. I've been averaging about 5 eggs a day, but I had a daily high of 14. The duck eggs are HUGE. We had ducks when I was a kid, so I know I've eaten duck eggs before, but I really don't remember eating them. I love the ducks. They are so much serene than chickens. Chickens are so mean to each other.
All the animals are pretty wonderful except the buck goat. He will head-butt you in a heartbeat if you turn your back on him. His previous owner had roughhoused with him when he was young and then let him develop this nasty habit. Well now full grown at about 80 lbs., he can seriously hurt you when he catches you unaware plowing into you like a run-away freight train. I've had to segregate him from the does because he constantly tries to mount them. Two of the does are his daughters, and I don't want them breeding. I'll upload some pictures soon.