January is the month we take a look back on the past year. We discuss in depth, what worked for us and what didn’t. Everything has a purpose here, and if that purpose is not fulfilled, than it is time to make a change.
Clover had a purpose, besides eating cookies and attempting to prolong her 15 minutes of fame. Clover was supposed to be a mama, but that didn’t work out. She refused to get married, and have kids. No male goat suited her, as Bill E. Goat would tell you if he could talk. Clover damaged his ego permanently. There were hopes for Emmett, but then we found out that Clover was his aunt. We are now left without a female goat. Clover can’t be replaced. There isn’t another goat with a personality that big. We have that understanding, but we need a female.
Little Peep is proving to be a semi regular layer in cold weather. She just has this tendency to stare off into space. What is she thinking? Is she thinking, or is she dreaming the dreams that chickens dream? Does she dream that one day she will emerge as head hen? She will certainly show the evil Silver Laced Wynadotts a thing or two then. Will she wear a cape with an S on it? We will never know what Little Peep dreams about.
There are 2 roosters in our flock. One rooster has demonstrated leadership ability, and I have worked with this rooster more so than the other. He has a musical crow, and is learning what behavior will not be tolerated. His job is to take care of the girls, and not attack me. I am not his friend, but I can become his enemy quickly. In other words, any rooster that makes me scream is soon history.
There are numerous projects planned, and I have a list of things that I will learn this year. We do know that we will watch our animals and we will be amazed. Whether it be a duck setting on stolen chicken eggs, a mother hen turning the eggs in her clutch, a goat that believes himself to be the sweet baby he was, or our Jennyanydots just being Jenny, we will be amazed. Atticus has plans too. We hope that the appearance of 4 missing ornaments is on his list of plans.