While some animals come and go, some are here to stay at Wolf-Beach Farms. Either because they have become pets, fill a specific purpose, or are part of our breeding program most animals that have names are here to stay (at least until they misbehave, then it is freezer camp).
Here are some of our residents. Click on the images for larger pictures and more detail.
Everyone on the farm for the most part eats grass. Our goal is to never mow again, ha ha, and to have as much pasture raised animals as possible reducing the need for feed or added inputs. We use One Feed to Feed Them All, you can read more here.
We do on occasion have animals for sale. Spring is best for lambs and goat kids. Spring through fall we have rabbits live, or processed. Spring-Fall we also have free range eggs from duck, chicken, and turkey but is based on availability, sometimes the egg sucking dogs sneak in. Check out our for sale page for anything available.
The llamas are here for several purposes/reasons. 1st they are guardian animals who will watch over the sheep and goats once they are on the pasture regularly. 2nd we can shear them and use their wool for fiber such as weaving, knitting and crafts. 3rd they eat grass and brush and help restore the pasture. The eat everything the goats can’t reach hanging over the fence lines up to 7 feet, so no more ducking as we walk around the pasture edges. Tango is an older boy, and Hey There younger girl. Both were in the 4-H clubs for a while. Our Wee One can go out and round them up in the pasture with no issues.
When the goat kids came along it seemed like Hey There the llama was the natural baby sitter. Whenever mama goats go to the woods to browse they stick Hey there with babysitting.
We have a variety of goats and all for different reasons. Read more about each goat, their story, breeds, pictures and videos on the Goats page
Lilly and Piper
Every year we seem to have someone living in the house for one reason or another. 1st year we had Val, Ramona and John as bottle babies. This year we had Nelly the goat (Gog) and Jupiter the house lamb (Wog aka wooly dog)
Nelly the Gog
Todd the toggenburg aka Handsome Todd aka Toddy too hottie, aka The Todd
Duke & Turk
He-man & Punkin
Lovey & Dovey
Dusty aka Brown Boy, Ned aka White Boy, and Lucky aka Black Boy are the Three Amigos
Everyone out grazing
It’s all about how you say it. The sheep respond better to Brandie while goats better to Rick. Everyone responds to Wee the animal tamer.
Jupiter the house lamb of 2017, there is always a house baby each year. This kind of behavior is what gets you kicked out of the house and to the barn.
Ramona and Valentines Day
Thirteen new additions in June 2016. Five rams and eight ewes. A couple of the rams will take a trip to freezer camp later this year, but the ewes are all staying.
Here are some of the spring 2017 lambs playing. We had 11 lambs this year 5 ewes and 6 rams.
There is someone special that needs a little extra help and love seems like each year. Wee had her Nelly 2017 and Brandie had Pixie 2016 this year it is Jupiter the house lamb aka Wog aka Wooly dog.
They are efficient brush cleaners too
We currently have a mixed bag of breeds for rabbits. Their primary purpose has been for meat, and we keep back a buck and a few does over the winter. We are re-evaluating our stock and currently have a lot. they are mowing the grass around the orchard in mobile rabbit tractors. Here is a post on how it was built.
We have since moved from rabbit tractors to colony for older rabbits and tractor for smaller ones. Here is a link to our colony videos.
We also have a mixed bag of laying chicken breeds, we liked the variety, some going on 5-6 years old. They lay brown and green eggs. Most have names and even though not laying like they used to, they have become pets. The chickens have several purposes. Laying eggs being the primary. They also are great at processing any food scraps or spoiled foods. Currently they are in their own yard to free range, and have a house they go in at night. They will eventually be mobile and work the pasture behind the goats and sheep. We turn them loose into the vegetable gardens at the end of the year as well. Once the chicks are out we will have close to 30. We have a variety of breeds, some on the watch list from the Livestock Conservancy.
We have read for several years about the Freedom Ranger meat bird. It supposedly does better on pasture, takes less feed, has less health issues, but takes longer to mature to a butcher weight. This year we will experiment and compare the Freedom Ranger to the Cornish Cross who will be arriving in May. Out of 6 freedom rangers 3 were roosters.
In theory the perfect bird for us would be hardy, produce a large amount of flavorful meat, forage, be good on pasture, good feed to meat conversion, and not have the health issues associated with a cornish cross. While it is a dream/project down the road we may try to cross a Jersey Giant and a Freedom Ranger. This may or may not be possible, and may take years of breeding to figure things out. We have time.
Wee got her own birds this year. She managed to keep 24 alive from chicks to 6 months of age. She fed and watered them all by herself. It wasn’t until mom and dad moved them and we lost a few but the majority survived and now integrated with the rest of the flock.
We currently Khaki Campbell ducks. They are primarily for egg production. Some people prefer duck eggs to chicken, and some people who are allergic to chicken eggs can eat duck eggs with no problems. The ducks recently got a new area of their own and no longer have to share with the chickens. The duck pond has the additional benefit of emptying into our vegetable garden. The duck waste makes an excellent fertilizer for the garden. We would have to clean the pond out regularly anyway so might was well put it to good use. We added some drakes in the newest additions so that we can start increasing our flock without buying new birds. Campbells are on the Watch list from the Livestock Conservancy.
We have six Saddleback Pomeranian geese. These are on the critical list from the Livestock Conservancy. They are primarily for repopulation of the breed, mowing the orchard, and guardian geese. After our time with Karma (Canadian goose who lived with us for a while in 2015) we decided geese needed to be a part of our farm. The geese are currently Rick’s favorite. They get special treatment.
We have added Bourbon Red turkeys to our mix of animals. These will be for meat and possibly breeding once they get older. Since the turkeys weren’t sexed we don’t know males from females. Until we can figure things out and be able to tell them apart, they are nameless. The Bourbon Red is classified as a threatened on the Livestock Conservation list.
We were told guineas are great for tick problems. We were never told how stupid they are. They literally have a death wish. Out of twenty keets we have three left. They like to hang out with the remaining turkeys and seem to go into panic mode if they lose sight of one of the turkeys. They are VERY loud as well. If you thought a chicken was fast you haven’t seen anything.
We have three American Guinea Hogs breeders. Burt (Reynolds), Dolly (Parton), and Sally (Fields) are full-grown are our bacon seed makers. The AGH is classified as threatened by the Livestock Conservancy. The bacon seeds will be for sale as piggies for your own farm, pets, or when they get bigger we will sell them whole and take to a butcher for you. They are only 50-100 lbs of meat, but lots of lard. Lard can be used for all those yummy baking dishes like grandma used to make. Our three prefer fresh grass over any kinds of feed we have provided them. The breeders and the bacon seeds will all be out on pasture. They are part of our rotation plan for the fields.
Daisy is currently the only farm dog. She is our inside pet, but loves to be out with the animals. Despite having no training, she has picked up a few skills. When chickens have gotten loose Daisy has been there to help herd them back in and keep them contained until we can return the birds. She has also done this with the goats and rabbits. In her early days we lost a chicken or two from her wanting to play with them. She has since learned, and harms no animals. She is also the guard dog alerting us of people and vehicles that drive up if we are in the barn or pasture. Daisy is at a constant pace, RUN, run everywhere, there is no walking. It must be the whippet in her. 180 degree difference from Jack.
Jack is a true guardian dog, well at least he is supposed to be. He was, before moving and I guess we spoiled him. He is a Great Pyrenees and Bernese Mountain dog cross. He is a giant 250 lb puff. EVERY animal was afraid of him for the first three weeks. He never did anything aggressive, but his sheer size. They have all gotten used to him. He still won’t sleep in the fields, instead preferring to sleep in the mudroom at night. He does insist on the window to be open. He is outside all day, roams, and unfortunately his favorite place to cool off is in the flowerbeds. We heard coyotes close right before Jack came to stay. After taking him for a walk, showing him his domain, we haven’t hear another one. Like Daisy, he also hates the turkey vultures present, and is diligent about chasing any birds larger than a songbird away. For his size he eats very little, but also is in energy conservation mode aka he doesn’t run, or move unless necessary, and even then, it is the minimal about of energy.
Isabelle is a Doberman and used to live on the farm before we bought it. She got homesick was didn’t adjust to her new surroundings. After spending the majority of her life on the farm she wanted to come back. She loves it back here and has been adopted by the pack. Her one weakness, are the rabbits. She spends hours just watching them. We think she thinks they are moving toys. She just wants to lick and slobber on them. We unfortunately lost Isabelle in 2016 suddenly. She is buried where she can look upon her rabbits she loved so much.
Freja and Sigyn are here to get trained by Jack before he gets too comfy in his AC and wants to seriously retire. It takes roughly 2 years for Livestock Guardian Dogs LGD to be trusted around animals unsupervised. So we wanted to make sure they had ample time to learn.
External Pest Management Crew aka Barn Cats
We have three full time and one part time pest management staff. One cat was an inside cat but he has decided he likes to be inside some times and out the rest. He waits until one of us is one our way in or out and makes his way.