As it turns out, guard dogs work better and are happier in a pair. So, we decided to put Bea and Kasey together with the chickens. But what to do with the sheep?
Donkeys!! What? Yes, donkeys!
Introducing our two jennys (that’s female donkey to you and me): Sassy (left) and Bella. Sassy, who is estimated to be about 12, came from the Bureau of Land Management program to adopt wild donkeys.
Bella, below, is just about 18 months old, and born in captivity.
It is a little-known fact (outside of farming circles, that is) that donkeys are excellent guardians of livestock. They will literally kick a fox, coyote, weasel and/or racoon to death if it wasn’t scared off already by its maniacal braying. Sarge better not get into this enclosure!
They are both very sweet and the boys spent a lot of time stroking their soft ears and feeding them apples (well, mostly Bella because Sassy is very shy).
Welcome to the farm!