So much has happened since we spoke last. In fact, I hesitated to tell you part of the story, fearing you would consider me a bad caretaker. But I must.
One week (to the day) that three lovely chickens came into our lives, one of our dogs killed Chica. I was not home to witness it, but Rick tells me Dudley lunged into the coop and very quickly broke Chica's neck. It was a horrible event. And, believe me when I say we've learned from it.
A couple of days following, I scooped up two Buff Orpingtons from Highland Feed. The girls scurry around so much, a less-than-terrific photo will have to do.
Ruby and Emmy are against the left wall while the two Buffs are to their right.
Our next "hurdle" was getting the girls to wander out into the wide open world of the pen. No one would venture out. And no, they didn't choose to go out prior to the attack either.
We'd throw them through their little door and back in they'd come 'arunnin. Once after throwing one of the new girls out, she stayed outside for perhaps a minute, came back in, and the other three clustered around to get the news. Indeed they were all chattering away.
Now, on to the big donkey news.
Last September I applied to adopt a BLM donkey and never heard a word back. A couple of days ago I received a call from out of the blue asking if I'd like to adopt two.
Believe me, Rick and I have done a lot of talking, I've made lots of calls trying to decide whether this is do-able. Just this morning I spoke at length with Fran from Crossroads Donkey Rescue. Fran was full of suggestions and stories. A big thanks to her.
There are several hurdles -- our pasture is not big enough to sustain five donks, significant increased outlay for hay, the farrier, vet bills, etc. However, Fran told me some heart-warming stories about BLM adoptees. My thoughts are a whirling.
I'm allowing myself a couple of days to take pen to paper to sort out some of the factors (pro and con), but between you and me I'm inching closer to a yes vote.
Will be sure to keep you updated.
By the way, I spoke to Luigi about it and he was pretty taciturn. Perhaps I'll poll Fran and Gabby.