One thing I have noticed this year that does NOT work are the turkeys. I've gone from liking them (when they were younger) to really disliking them now. We have 5--4 are Narragansetts, and one is a Broad Breasted White. I actually rather like the BB White--she's gentle and kind of sweet. The Narragansetts, on the other hand, are unbelievably grabby. In their eternal quest for food, they steal from all the other animals, and peck us every time we sit down--and it hurts! And they are constantly around, as they like people. Normally,that thrills me--I rather like being surrounded by my animals. But all the turkeys do is make a lot of noise and peck and poop. And poop and poop. The back deck, which is usually pretty clean, as the geese can't climb the stairs and the chickens don't often come up, looks like a war zone. It's horrible. And not 2 hours later, after it's been cleaned, it looks like that again. The turkeys shriek and whistle all day--sometimes it's a really nice noise, sometimes it's like the guinea hen's noise--just so grating. But either way, they do it ALL day long. And they are constantly underfoot-literally. So they are not working out. The turkeys, which I had planned to keep and breed a pair of, are going to be moving out soon. I think they would have worked had they been able to be kept in an area away from the house, but as they can fly, there's just nowhere safe.
You can't know unless you try, right? Now I know this does not work for me.
On the other hand, I am surprised to say that the following animals are working out for me very well.
|Ygraine in front, Phillip Johnny Bob in back. Doesn't she look better?|
Ah, my little fluff-puddles.
I will say this first: I like rabbits, and always have. We had three before I acquired these guys, and though I like the three, I don't LOVE them. I have always thought they were fairly useless and kind of hard to get to know. They don't really like to be handled, and we have a "here's your food, thanks for letting me scratch your head" kind of relationship. No real companionship from them--forget having them sit in your lap. Ain't gonna happen. These two have completely changed my view, though. They are extremely personable.
In all, I will admit that when I brought these two home I was apprehensive. I kind of thought they would be aloof and not want contact, and that I'd be getting the wool under duress. That's not at all the case. Pulling wool is extremely relaxing for me and Ygraine (I haven't pulled PJB's yet) and I really feel like we're bonding. What a surprise!
You live, you learn. It's all part of the adventure, isn't it?