The second batch of Chicken Girls is: Grace and Mercy (Naked Necks who received grace and mercy and were spared being butchered), along with Ameraucanas Pepitwo, Robin, Kiwi, Sparrow, Wren (who wasn't a girl, after all), Lark, and Chickadee.
As of January 2012 our surviving chickens were: Gypsy, Esmerelda, Grace, Mercy, Robin and Kiwi, but Mercy died during the summer. In October 2012 the five hens were joined by newcomers Temple Grayhen, Amelia Egghart, Whoopie Goldbird and Oprah Wingfree and the peaceful Light Brahma rooster Ghandi.
- our third child; wife of Jean-Marc, now a Captain in the Air Force JAG, stationed in Ohio.
Jet - registered as Karashome Jet Stream, my Shetland Sheepdog born on D-day 2013. If Zephyr was a gentle breeze, Jet is appropriately named after the speedy jet stream! He is my new little companion and friend.
Over the Rainbow Bridge
These are our dear animals (well, that's stretching it for Carmen and Wren!) who are waiting for us on the other side of the Rainbow Bridge. (Also in alphabetical order)
She was joined in the summer of 2011 by Victoria (right), Pepi-two, Sparrow, Lark, and Chickadee as well as four female ducks when a fox invaded our peaceful kingdom and in 2012 by Mercy, the Naked-Neck who was spared to become a layer along with Grace.
Ping - Pekin duckling "donated" to us in 2011 by someone who couldn't keep it and who heard we had ducks. She was the mascot of all the Home Pasture animals until she died in September 2013. We will miss her quacky greeting every time we walked by.
Precious - my first, darling ferret, crossed the Rainbow Bridge on Feb. 1, 2010. Words cannot express what Precious meant to me. I will forever miss her precious spirit and joie de vivre!
Rambo and Obaama, left and right, with Ping. Rambo and Obaama were our first grass-fed lamb--and probably our only sheep, as we discovered we prefer our lambs already frozen.
Shemar - the hot rooster with the Criminal Mind who ended up in a hot pot of coq au vin early in 2013.
"First Dog" of Zephyr Hill Farm; my Shetland Sheepdog registered as Windsong of Zephyr Hill. Zephyr was the heart of this farm, beloved by all who met her. She was one in a million, and she leaves a hole that can never be filled.
"4" and "8" - delightful Berkshire-cross pigs, our first ever, who amused and delighted us with their floppy ears, happy snorts and friendly personalities. They left us on Nov. 7, 2011 to become our first grass-fed pork, but their spirits remain in our hearts.