Well, Freddy was a light brown dutch bantam rooster, to be precise. He was one of the first animals I (Isabelle) ever showed, and he was an absolute doll. At the 2003 Bolton Fair, I exhibited him (just excited to participate) and he won first place...then best of breed...then best of show! The weight of that award didn't fully sink in until I got home. Freddy lived happily with us, he loved riding on the backs of the sheep, and falling asleep in my arms. He protected his flock well, and fathered several chicks. He was always kind to his hens, and friendly to strangers. He was only with us for a few years, but he filled our lives with crows and love.
We had to move during this time from our main street house, to a rental, to our current home, and he followed. When we finally settled in to our current home, we had a large shed that functioned as both a chicken coop and a barn for the sheep. We only had 3 sheep back then, Sarabelle, Angel, and Rosiette. The shed was split into two parts by a half wall, and door. One night, when I was sleeping over a friend's house, the ewes broke through the door into the chicken side. Freddy had a thing for sleeping on the ground, and was trampled. In his memory, I named my flock after him. Even though his genetics died out soon after him, at least his memory lives on. On our farm sign, his head is present, being nuzzled by Sarabelle.
Who are the flock shepherds?
Isabelle (22) and Olivia (18) Tower. Isabelle is currently attending UMASS Amherst, working on her bachelors in Animal Science Biotech. Olivia is working at home and approaching school differently.
Besides the sheep, what other animals do you have?
For starters, we have two horses: a Lippitt Morgan named Star, and a Shetland pony named Strawberry. Star is not a fan of being ridden, so she is allowed to chill. Strawberry, used to be ridden by children, and was not treated well by her previous owner; the circumstances of her coming to us included the death of her son whom she was closely bonded too. Since then, she has refused to be saddled, so she lives comfortably with Star in retirement. Then we have an assortment of chickens, mostly bantams but also a single rescued New Hampshire Red hen. They are all barn chickens, after issues with predators in our old coop. Our current rooster is a Red Cochin bantum named Jezynowka (prononced, Yesh-nov-ka), whom we got from a friend. Next, our two rabbits: a white french / english angora named Lady Galadriel (Lady G) and a red satin angora named Tauriel. We collect their fiber, and incorporate it into fun projects. We also have two dogs, Penny (a ten year old black lab) and Mimi (an eleven year old fawn pug). Last but not least, we have our three cats: Zorro, an eighteen year old short haired tuxedo. Felicia, a four year old long hair mix and her daughter Hermione, a two year old long hair mix. They are a mother daughter pair that we adopted the winter of 2014. Of course, our household is always growing, so who knows what we might have next!
What are those birds in the picture?
Those are Guinea hens that live at the farm where we graze the ewes over the summer. The new home owners are new to farming, and decided to start things off with a flock of guineas. As you can see, the sheep enjoy their company.