Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Naked Goat Wrestling + Breastfeeding Squirrels + Poultry = A Wonderful Wednesday

Oliver had another wild, naked morning in the pasture today. I think he would be happy if we just left him out there to live with the goats. At times he certainly acts more like a goat than a human. Patches and Oliver love to knock heads together while Leche always tries to get a piece of the action.

Oliver finally put on some clothes and he strapped on his squirrel to head to town for my doctor's appointment. At the young age of four, Oliver is already quite the staunch lactivist. He is not ashamed to nurse his squirrel named "Pearl" on demand in public. If his baby needs a nurse, then damn it, she is getting one. As you can tell, she is one satisfied squirrel.

After measuring my belly and listening to the baby, Oliver and I headed to the post office. We opened the door and could hear loud chirping sounds. Our chicks and keets (baby guinea fowl) had arrived! We ordered our birds this time from Sandhill Preservation because we like that they are a no-kill chick facility.

Oli really enjoyed being able to hold one chick and one keet.

The babies are all settled in for the night. I'm looking forward to see what guinea fowl personalities are like. The keets are the smaller brown or lavender babies in the photo below.

As an added bonus to an already spectacular day, our resident wild turkey "Gerdie" decided to hang out with us all day. She has two poults and does an excellent job of keeping them from being eaten by a fox. I'm happy she has chosen our property as her home! I think it's a pretty nice place to raise children.


  1. You would not believe this, but at first glance, I thought, OMG, it's Oli, the goat boy! (his lower body is hidden by the second goat's behind)...he's just too much ;-)

    I said I'd never move after this last time, but I want to live on a big parcel of land with chicks and keets and alpacas and dogs ... what a life!

    You're doing well, Jess! Rock on, momma!

  2. What an awesome mom you are to let Oliver have such rich experiences. Good for you.

  3. oh my do u have the most beautiful boy ever does he lean that way cause he looks perfect though im sry for asking that u know the old dont ask dont tell thing : ( but still he is a nice boy