This morning we released our six adolescent Pekins into the pond. You will notice our male goose, CJ, has adopted this little pod and is showing them the ropes. These little guys were rescued by a caring person from a market where they were destined to be someone’s dinner. Instead they will live out the their natural lives here with all their fowl friends 🙂
This week we received four beautiful goats from Alalchua, FL. Homer, Sophia, Kate & Pippa. This was a huge effort by many people, The Community Foundation of Sarasota funded the construction of the goat enclosure (including a new home for Pablito), our beloved volunteers help build it, and the people who have cared for these goats for so long found transport all the way here! The goats are pleased and we are so thankful that all these folks came together to secure the happiness of this herd of wonderful goats.
Homer – or as I call him Tim the Enchanter
Sophia – Mother of Kate & Pippa
Kate & Pippa
Visit from Everyday Blessings
Last weekend we were graced with a visit from a wonderful group of children from Everyday Blessings. They were a hit with all the animals and brought a lot of smiles to the farm.
Christening the Rabbit Refuge
While here the children helped us break in the new Rabbit Refuge. It was everything we had hoped for. The kids had plenty of room to interact with rabbits and the rabbits had room to give them a good chase 🙂
Thank You, Designing Daughters
We knew we needed a better space for the bunnies and we wanted an area where they could dig (without escaping) and live more natural lives. We also wanted a space where people could interact with the rabbits. Designing Daughters answered our prayers with a grant to build the Rabbit Refuge. The visit from Everyday Blessings was a perfect example of their generosity in action. It not only affected the general well-being of our rabbits but also provided an interactive learning opportunity for a great group of kids. Thank you, Designing Daughters.
Thank You, Community Foundation
We would also like to thank the Community Foundation of Sarasota for a generous grant to build a new, multi-purpose goat enclosure. We have several goats on a waiting list and this new habitat will provide a safe haven for them as well an area for special needs goats (like our darling Pablito!). We are just starting construction and will post updates along the way.
Speaking of Pablito, our little farm favorite is progressing nicely. He has started eating hay and grain and is starting to interact with the adult goats through the fence. He has also developed a strange but touching friendship with a pigeon. The pigeon rests with him in his goat hut and sleeps with him at night. They are an odd pair, but everyone needs a friend.
It takes a lot of hay to grow this big!
Looking for Help with Hay
It’s that time again when we ask you to dig deep and help the animals at Florida Rescue Farm have fresh hay for the next 3 months. We are trying to raise $500 for a trailer of hay which provides feed and bedding for these wonderful animals. This has been a very dry season and the grass is not as plentiful as it usually is, so it is particularly critical to have enough hay to supplement the diets of all the critters. Any gift helps us to reach our goal. Please click here to donate now.
We’re on Facebook!
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We would like to introduce you to Pablito. He is a blind, 8-week-old dwarf goat and he has a beautiful personality. He was born blind and the farmer would not keep him so a wonderful family that worked for the farmer adopted Pablito to make sure he received the care he needed. Due to an illness, they could not care for him anymore and contacted us to see if we would adopt him. Of course, we said yes. We are working with our livestock vet to give him a full examination and have him neutered. We think he will have a bright future on our farm.
His pen is inside the goat enclosure so he can get familiar with his new herd.
Pablito has been here a week now and is doing fantastic.
We would like to encourage people to stop by and visit Pablito. He loves the extra attention and interacting with visitors is great exercise for the little guy 🙂
This all began with chickens. Our first animals on the farm were a flock of four hens and one rooster. Despite our initial blunders, we persevered and now have a thriving flock of 37 hens and 11 roos. Chickens are fantastic animals, but many are abandoned around their second year when they cease to lay a lot of eggs and many are discarded when the baby chick grows up to be a rooster. It’s a shame for both the chickens and the humans as chickens are so useful around the homestead. They turn your compost, weed your fallow beds and keep the insects down. Not to mention, there’s not much cuter than a chatty old hen.
We would like to introduce you to the newest members of the flock…
Lucky – Broiler Hen to Flock Mate
Lucky was scheduled for slaughter the day after we received her. A person was selling her and her flock mates for food. We received the ‘broiler chicken’ from a person who wanted to save her. She was 7 months old. Broiler chickens are slaughtered at 7 months old because they are more tender for the consumer and with their genetically altered bodies they typically don’t live much longer. Initially, we had very little hope for Lucky. Due to her unnatural size, she had to be bathed because she could not clean herself. The other chickens sensed her weakness and would flip her over and she could not right herself. It was terrible and I wondered if we had done the right thing. But things have gradually gotten better. Although she is obviously genetically altered, and not in a good way, she has a good diet and gets plenty of exercise and this has seemed to help greatly. She now has a flock, can clean herself and spends the day pecking and scratching in the grass (and no one flips her over anymore).
The Boys – Rusty & Mr. Cluck Cluck
We really try not to take roosters, but when we can we break our rules, just to help these guys.
Rusty is a young turken roo. Two wonderful people in Miami found him living in the parking garage of their building. It took much work to catch him and then a 4-hour drive to bring him here and they did not even flinch at all the effort for one little roo.
Mr. Cluck Cluck (pictured below with Flora) was also abandoned and found his way to a caring person who helped him find his way here.
Flora – the Alpha Hen
Occasionally there is an odd thing that happens to hens that have a flock without a rooster. One of the hens takes on the characteristics of a rooster. This can include a more aggressive attitude and even feathers that tend to resemble rooster feathers. I believe this is what happened to Flora. Apparently, her original owners couldn’t handle an assertive chicken like Flora, and she ended up in the yard of some wonderful people who captured her and brought her here. She’s giving the roos a hard time, but we are delighted to have her, she is a quite a unique lady.
Rosa & Mini
These ladies were brought to us by a local wildlife rescue organization. Rosa is a sweetheart and Mini, although a bit nervous, is fitting in quite well.
Acorn – Butternut’s baby
Little chicks are adorable, but we really try not to have too many as we need the space for rescues. That being said, when we find a mother hen who has been on her eggs for some time we usually let her have them. It just seems mean to take the eggs after so much time and dedication from the mother. Our hen Butternut does take advantage of this by hiding her nest and then popping out with babies. This year she had a nest in Jelly and Peanut’s goat shed. She came out with one little chick and none of the other eggs hatched. So we welcome Acorn, one-of-a-kind.
Valentino – 1 Year Anniversary
It would be wrong to mention all these new fowl and not mention that Valentino, our blind roo, celebrated his 1 year anniversary on the farm. The person who found him went through so much to get him here and has continued to check on him and support him the entire time. We are so glad to see him enjoying his remaining years on the farm.
January and February were a big time for goats last year. We are celebrating the one year anniversary of the Tornado Goats. A year ago in January a tornado ripped through our neighborhood and killed two very kind people, Kade & Steve. We were fortunate to be able to adopt their goats and one month later we were blessed with three babies from the herd. The youngsters are a year old and are thriving in this environment.
Also, last January we adopted Alfred and Ginger, two darling Boer goats from Fort Myers. They are so sweet and have really blended in well.
Let us not forget the veterans of the sanctuary, Jelly & Peanut. Two years ago in January Jelly was our first official rescue. She and her buddy Peanut are so fantastic that we opened our home to all the other goats and have not regretted a day since.
Quarterly Hay Drive
It’s that time again when we ask our friends and supporters to help us with our quarterly hay order. For $500 we can get enough hay for the next 3 months, and by buying in bulk we receive a discount on the hay. This is feed for the goats and cows as well as bedding for the chickens, rabbits, ducks and geese. We really try not to ask often and appreciate all that you do when you can. If you’d like to donate to the Hay Drive click here.
Great news – we have been accepted by the Giving Partner to include our non-profit on their website. This is nice for anyone wanting to read more about our organization and it really helps with recurring donations. Many of you have tried to use PayPal for recurring donations and sadly PayPal is not really up to the task. This is where the Giving Partner comes in. You can go to our page at https://thegivingpartner.guidestar.org/nonprofit.aspx?orgId=1161770 and click the donation button in the upper right of the page. Here you can donate once or set up recurring donations. Recurring donations are a tremendous help to the sanctuary. It gives us something we can rely on and really helps offset the cost of grain, medicine, and vet care.
To those of you using Amazon Smile, you should know we received our first check from them! Thanks for including us on your Amazon purchases. If you are unaware of Amazon Smile it is a service by Amazon that donates .5% of eligible sales to your non-profit of choice. Go to https://smile.amazon.com/ch/47-2475489 when you order from Amazon to choose Florida Rescue Farm as your charity of choice.
A Huge Thank You
We want to send out a special thank you to Suzanne. She helped us to rehome three pigs is dire peril. She had 48 hours to find a home for these guys or they were going to be put down. She succeeded where all others had failed. Thank you Suzanne, you really are a rehoming ninja.
We also want to thank all our friends and supporters. The donors who keep everything running and everyone fed, the adopters who take in these wonderful animals, the folks who find animals and take the time to find them a safe haven and to those of you who send us your good thoughts and prayers which help us to continue doing what we do.
We live in uncertain times and it is at times like these that we are reminded of all the wonderful people who reach out to help us care for these remarkable animals. Thanks to our supporters our triannual hay drive was a success! Because of you, all the critters will have feed and bedding for the next 4 months.
We also want to thank United Methodist Church in Pinellas Park for their donation of pumpkins left over from their Halloween Pumpkin Patch. They were a big hit with the cows & chickens.
It’s not just donations we’re thankful for. We are also thankful to introduce the newest member of the farm, Stormy the roo. Although we don’t take in many roosters, Stormy is young and he fit right in with the flock. He is second in command to Gemini and already has a few ladies of his own.
Remember us during the holidays
There are many ways you can help while you do your holiday shopping. We have opened an online store where you can purchase Florida Rescue Farm shirts, hoodies, bags, etc. Check it out here.
We are also members of Amazon Smile. By clicking here or on the image below you designate Florida Rescue Farm as your charity of choice and Amazon donates .5% of your purchase to help support all our farm friends.
Thank you for all your support, we couldn’t do this without you.
It’s been a busy time on the farm with lots of activity and new faces.
I’d also like to give some updates on some of our favorite residents.
Lots of great happenings lately, but this week the cows
really have it.
We’ll start with Miracle’s birthday. On July 7 she turned
one year old. You may remember this…
But little Miracle has grown up, into this… (and yes, she’s sticking out her tongue, You know how kids can be 😉 )
We also re-homed a lovely herd of 5 cows/steers. Their new owners adore them, particularly their daughter, Bailey.
And we really have to thank all of our supporters for their help in feeding these guys. We just completed a successful Hay Drive which will provide hay for our herd for the next 4 months. Without your support, we could not do what we do.
We have other new farm friends as well
Introducing Truffles. He a is a delightful, neutered, male mini-lop. He is really loving his time with our other three does 😉 but would certainly welcome a forever home. (Truffles is the big guy, canoodling with Chubbs.)
We have also welcomed into our flock Henny & Penny, a pair of super-nice Rhode Island Red chickens
as well as Ginger a tough little Orpington with a darling disposition
And the babies…
Papita was first with her brood of 6. Yes, Papita again. She is five years old and I think has raised at least 6 broods in her lifetime. She shouldn’t even be laying eggs, yet she sneaks off into the brush and emerges 20 days later with some of the toughest chicks I have ever seen. She is a beast of a mama hen.
Of course, the goats have to introduce themselves…
And, not to be outdone Blondie & Butternut co-mothered a batch of seven little puffballs.
Thank you so much for supporting our sanctuary
and helping us to help them.
Our darling steer Moobee has turned three-years-old today. He came to us when he was just two-days-old. His mother had passed away due to labor complications and we gladly accepted the role of caregiver. His time here has taught us much about the awesomeness of cattle, in fact, we refer to him as a cow ambassador, as he has won over so many hearts.
Other Farm News
Adoptions and Rehomings
We have been fortunate to receive some great animals in the past month. Some are permanent residents, others are looking for a forever home, but they are all welcome here and we are glad they found us.
|Introducing Thumper. Thumper is a Lionhead rabbit. He is litter trained, has a great personality and is available for adoption.|
|This is Caramel. She’s a beautiful mini-lop, raised with children and she is available for adoption.|
|Meet Hemi (formerly Little George). When he found us he was a bit of a mess, he had mange and needed a place to stretch his legs, but despite his rough start he had a great disposition. He has been successfully rehomed to a wonderful family and is enjoying his new life.|
|Last but not least are two Pekins that are probably abandoned Easter ducks. They came from separate locations, but have fit into the flock nicely and will be permanent residents. We have named one Rosie but are looking for a name for the newest one, any suggestions are appreciated.|
We started this post with a birthday and we’ll end with a birth. Our hen Butternut had a nest hidden in the goat enclosure. She has hatched nine healthy chicks and has been moved to the brooding coop. Way to go Butternut!