Update 7/30/2011: Good news! Rocky has found a new home on a farm with a large pond with plans of hunting in his future.
It's with a heavy heart that Stan has decided to let his 7 month old Yellow lab pup go. Stan is just too sick to be able to give Rocky the attention and training he deserves right now.
Rocky is housebroken, friendly and exuberant. He has a great nose and is very "birdy". He's started on retrieving and obedience training. He loves to ride in vehicles and he loves the water.
I've got a vet coming out this afternoon to do health papers on the sheep that are going out of state. I will miss them, especially the BFL ram, Harwell. But it will be good to get our sheep numbers down so we can concentrate more on all the other changes in our lives right now.
I'm really glad to be keeping around 10 sheep, it would be SO hard to go completely sheep free. But we'll just have to see what the future brings, I may need to cut them out eventually too.
I'm down to just 4 hens and two chicks, but two of the hens are broody. They're doing their best to keep the chicken population up around here. I sill have one pair of the Shetland geese, one muscovy duckling and his caretaker, a Cornish cross pullet. That duckling is the cutest thing! I've always thought muscovies were the ugliest ducks ever, so I've never had them before. I picked up the pair of ducklings to put under the broody goose, but she didn't take them. When we lost the other duckling, I decided to put the lonesome one in with the meatbirds. They were scared of him at first, but he was very happy to snuggle up with them. So when the rest of the birds went for processing, I kept back one hen for him.
The Shetland geese are SO much nicer now that the other pair is gone.