Life Old and New

continues on our little farm.  Our oldest goat Cally (Shadow Mountain Calypso) died today.  She was 14 years old.  I bought her from a neighbor in 2003 so have had her for 10 years.  She was never friendly but not difficult either.  She produced 8 lovely kids for us including our favorite goat Peewee.  She did have some health issues including thiamine deficiency, an eye lid tear, and an eye infection after the hay elevator somehow fell on her.  But she did not appear to be her age even up until yesterday.



Our peachicks are starting to get little tufts on their heads.  It is very cute.  The pheasant chicks are growing well but a variety of ages as they keep hatching in our incubator.

pea and pheasant chicksOne of our pheasant hens is setting on a clutch of eggs.  Our crooked necked pheasant rooster is standing guard making sure she is not disturbed.

pheasant pair settingAnd our ram lamb Velvet was pulled from the flock today and put in the older rams.  He was unhappy with the situation and let everyone know this.

Velvet in with ramsFinally he settled down and laid next to Bob, one of our old retired sheep.  He happens to be his uncle.

VELVET AND BOBSo life and death go on here at Schoonover Farm.

Cally gravestoneRest in peace Cally.






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8 Responses to Life Old and New

  1. Teresa says:

    I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. The time of year certainly seems to weed out the old before the difficult winter arrives. Fourteen is quite a long life.

    • Donna says:

      Thanks Teresa! I was thinking the same thing, at least she did not have to suffer through a cold winter and her death was relatively peaceful. But it is always sad to lose them, especially after you have known them so long. I think she had a good life here, I hope so anyway.

  2. jackie craw says:

    I’m sorry for your loss of Cally. It is always hard to lose one, no matter what age they are. I know she had a good home with you.

  3. Tina T-P says:

    Your animals do lead great lives, Donna – Sorry about Cally – Those little pea hens are cute – are they noisy? T.

    • Donna says:

      Thanks Tina. So far the pea checks are quiet but their mama outside is noisy. She sounds a lot like the now-dead peacock. I am really hoping one of the chicks is a boy.

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