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Introducing my new employees

 
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I just couldn't resist posting photos of my new employees. We hired them Wednesday evening, and by Thursday morning, they were hard at work cutting grass in our field.
Bella is the older lady in the picture and I will admit (maybe boast even) that we are an Equal Opportunity Employer and the fact that she's got a mild case of Angel Wing is totally fine with me. She was rescued by a lady I met in the past, but she seems to have moved on from the tragic circumstances that led her to me.


Betelgoose is really too young to be hired, but you can see in the next picture that he started cutting the grass before we had even finished the entrance orientation! He/she (it's a bit hard to tell yet) seemed genuinely pleased by the available grass that needed trimming.


Heinrich is the gander and he was very upset when our old goose died a month ago of natural causes. Although he was downcast for a while, he was recently ready to move on and he has totally accepted these new workers and been happy to show them the ropes.

I hope other permies have equal success with integrating new employees to their homesteads and feel free to add your own pictures to this thread.
 
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I thought I'd post a one-week update!

Bella and Beetlegoose have settled in marvelously. After a tiny bit of trouble getting them to go into the goose shelter at bedtime, they've figured out that "bedtime" means they get their ration of chicken pellets, and now they're pretty much putting themselves to bed before I've even got their food out.

Beetlegoose did get him/herself into a spot of trouble for chasing ducklings, but we only let the ducklings and moms out of protective custody when we're in the field, so we're quite sure he'll get the idea soon enough that no one gets hurt.

He does have the cutest way of sitting down on the job. He follows the adults around looking for the tastiest grass and then when he finds some and starts seriously chowing down, all of a sudden he belly-flops down as if eating and standing are just too hard for his little brain to cope with at the same time!

Certainly, the three have formed bonds and seem very happy to be a small flock at this time! I feel like we've been very lucky to get them.
 
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Some baby animals find it's just TOO MUCH WORK to eat!!
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Awww!!! We've not added geese. Yet. But, our order is in. More chickens - both male and female, this time - our favorite breed - Buff Orpington, because our first flock are getting older and won't be laying as much (no. We are NOT going to eat those 4 girls, they're our babies, and will simply be retired, and live out the rest of their lives as beloved pets!) But, this time? We're getting turkeys, too! So, as of August 12, our poultry count will be at:
10 Rouen ducks (most will go into the freezer, this fall)
10 Muscovy ducks (most will go in the freezer, this fall)
4 turkeys (2 to raise for next year, 2 to keep us supplied, beyond that)
4 Buff Orpington grandma hens, going into retirement
6 Black Austrolorp laying hens
5 Barred Rock pullets (teenager girl chickens)
2 Barred Rock teenager roos
5 Buff Orp baby girls
2 Buff Orp baby boys
And, John is still ordering some fast growing fryers, that will be ready for the freezer, before Halloween. We only ever wanted maybe half a dozen chickens and half a dozen ducks... I believe they call this "poultry math".
 
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Carla Burke wrote:And, John is still ordering some fast growing fryers, that will be ready for the freezer, before Halloween. We only ever wanted maybe half a dozen chickens and half a dozen ducks... I believe they call this "poultry math".

Oh, I know all about that! We got the geese to protect all the other riff-raff from aerial predators, but sometimes it seems that chickens and ducks multiply like rabbits! We started spring with 11 Muscovy ducks and we currently have 33! That's a *lot* of duck dinner, although I may be able to sell a few females. This is with giving broody Muscovy Khaki eggs to sit on instead of Muscovy in two cases.
 
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Jay Angler wrote:We got the geese to protect all the other riff-raff from aerial predators



This is the reason we have the Black Austrolorps. From the air, they appear as ravens, to the ravens' enemies, the raptors, thus becoming our flock's unwitting protectors.  
 
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