Thursday, February 25, 2010

Goats, horses and chickens

We moved to France from the UK with the idea of running a smallholding. While that didn't quite work out, we do have two goats, two Welsh section D cobs, and some chickens. The goats are the most useful piece of land-clearing equipment we have. We also make our own hay with an old tractor.
The goats have their photos on a number of items - binders, business cards, greeting cards, t-shirts, aprons, all suitable for goat dairy farmers or goat enthusiasts. We were a bit worried at first when buying a horned goat to live with our polled one, but our fears were unfounded, as the polled goat broke into the horned goat's isolation pen, and they've been living happily ever after since. The breed is French Alpine, and it's the most common goat to be found in this area.

The ponies are two registered Welsh section D cobs which we brought with us from England. Unfortunately we don't have time to ride them anymore, but they are good producers of manure for the garden. They get plenty of exercise going backwards and forwards to their furthest paddock, and have an open stone barn to shelter from the summer heat. They're unshod, and as the ground here is very hard in summer and full of granite, their hooves hardly need trimming at all.
light sussex hen card
As for the chickens, we are now down to two hens and a cockerel, but plan to replace those that have died of old age in the spring. We're going to go for Light Sussex breed point-of-lays, as they have proved to be the hardiest, best egg producers, and best mothers out of the mixture of breeds we started with. They also seem to have the most character. Boris is a crossbred rooster, and a handsome chap. I'm not sure if he's one of Chookles offspring, but she hatched him. Chickens do like to share their eggs around!
I hope you'll come back to visit my blog as I update it, in the meantime, you can see my complete range of photos and products to date at my ruralfrance shop.
Zazzle is a print on demand company - items are only printed when they are ordered. Although in America, they ship internationally, and have a money back guarantee. I have ordered my own cards from them and can vouch for the quality!

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