March 19, 2019

A Typical Day at the Sanctuary 

 AM  Part 2

 Continuing from yesterday (scroll down to read Part 1)

 Once Charlie and his companion turkey Winston are fed,  our attention turns to the five sheep (James, Rose, Grainy, Francesca, and Elsa), the three goats (George, Ringo, and Rita), the seven ducks (Sean, Johnny, Eleanor, Cloud, Rigby, Sadie, and Prudence), the two geese (Lily and Liam), the four turkeys (Loretta, Michelle, Belle, and Cordelia), the two potbelly pigs (William and Parker), the two rather large farm pigs (Wilbur and Pokey), Lucy the pony, Molly the little mule,  Picot the rooster, and Heidi the little hen.  

 Not to forget the horses Maya, Nikita, Chances (aka Mama),  Lady, Penny, Cowboy, Oliver, Jade and big Rose, or the cats in the loft (Timmy, Rudy, Mango, Lava, Oreo, and Nemo). The roosters and hens in the lower coop are also waiting for their breakfasts, but that’s usually done when the coop is opened up first thing in the morning.  

 This also leaves out the three dogs and all the indoor cats who also are here, though their routines are separate from that of the barn (all together, that’s over 60 mouths waiting to be fed each morning, and for most, again each night!).

It begins with finding and collecting all the feed bowls from throughout the barn. The veggies, berries, and whatever else is on the menu are made ready.  Bowls of grain are laid out in sequence, ready on demand as the feed schedule unfolds.

 To start, there’s some careful reshuffling of who is going to be fed with whom. Not everyone enjoys eating with a crowd around, particularly if it includes two growing (and hungry) lambs, goats, and a potbelly pig all looking to supplement their own dinner at the expense of someone else’s!  

 And our two male pekin ducks have to be moved into our ram James’ stall to be fed, as they have to be kept separate from any female ducks (they are very amorous guys!).  

 And first James has to be asked if he would mind eating outside (he’s not particular where he eats as long as his bowl is following right behind).  Once that maneuver is compete, the rest of the now very vocal ducks and turkeys are served multiple bowls of grain, veggies, and fruit, which they attack with enthusiastic rapid fire pecking.

The goats have to then be put into a quiet area alone (where they enjoy only their own dinners, not everyone else’s!). Likewise, the two young lambs have to be separated from Rose and Grainy, our older sheep who don’t eat quick enough to prevent losing their breakfast to the faster lambs!

 

Continued tomorrow (at this point it’s about 8.30 am)