Thursday, February 05, 2009
A Chat With Charlie
Hey, My name is Charlie and this is my main gal Missy. My other girlfriend is Molly.
We are Soay sheep and rare for this area. In fact Soay sheep just started being raised in the United States in the 1990's. Our ancestors came from uninhabited St. Kilda island of Soay, west of Scotland. We have short tails so don't have to have ours docked. I think that is wonderful! We also have soft short wool that molts. Meaning you don't have to shear us cause we shed our wool in the spring and early summer. Soay sheep are low maintenance so you don't have to do a lot of hands on care to have us around. Me and the girls will eat out of your hand and you can get a few pets and rubs in while we eat but that's about it. We are very shy. Give us awhile to get use to you and make sure you aren't going to try to catch or harm us. We moved to Hidden Haven from a farm in Hendersonville, NC. Our other family went through a divorce and couldn't keep us any longer. And even though we have low fat tasty meat our new family has promised us we won't be in anyone's freezer or oven. We are promised we can stay together and enjoy life here at the homestead. My only complaint is the goats. They sure do boss everyone around here. Diva and I had a little one on one conversation. She now knows she isn't my boss. She doesn't like it but she has accepted it. The goats are always the first to get the cookies around here. If they don't get first dibs on the treats they push, shove and climb on the owners back until they get them. I don't blame our human family for giving those silly goats treats first. We also get our cookies and treats right after the goats and have to be careful not to stand too close to the fence or those goats reach through and grabbed our cookies! Mom and Dad make sure we get enough treats and pets though. They are real nice and don't try to make us do anything we don't want to do. We did share our pen with a little midget goat that was a pain in my backside. Our pen was the only place he couldn't escape from until they got a new pen built. He is now sharing a nice new pen with ViVi. She is another crazy goat that likes to escape and eat the chickens food. I just don't understand why you would get out of a pen that food, hay and treats are brought to you to go eat yucky chicken feed. I am glad I am not a goat! Molly and Missy are loving their new pen and house. They can share a stall together or sometimes come spend the night with me. I have been fixed so we can't have any babies. Mom thinks that's sad and is looking for a boyfriend for my girls. I'm not sure what I think about that but will wait and see who she finds first. She said it had to be a Soay and I know there aren't that many close by so it will be awhile. Well, I had better get back to my girls. I just wanted to let you people know that Hidden Haven has more than just goats around here. We are just as cute as the goats and we promise not to push and shove when you feed us cookies. Soay sheep have manners!