Yesterday was a busy day. It started out with a visit by our farrier Michelle. She was here to work on Jack and Diana’s feet. She brought along an equine dentist who also examined the donkey’s teeth. I don’t have any pictures of him because, to be honest, he came unglued about having his picture taken.  He must be in the secret witness program or something. I am still a little undone by that encounter. Michelle on the other hand was as pleasant and professional as always. Here she is working on Diana’s feet.

Diana seemed to really enjoy getting her feet done.

After finishing with the Diva, Michelle moved on to Jack. I said I wasn’t going to take this picture but Michelle told me to go ahead as it is her best side.

The good news from the visits was that Jack and Diana both passed the dental exams with flying colors and their feet looked good. We can now stretch out the time between farrier visits. Diana can go for real pedicures during the “off” months.

The next item of the day was to get the little emu girls moved out of the garage and into the emu shelter. To accomplish this we had to rearrange the shelters. We moved the goat girls to the smaller shelter and the emus to the larger one.

Once that was settled we got to work. Michael disassembled the cage in the garage and reassembled it in the new emu side of the shelter. A tall feeder for the boys was hung and a short on for the girls inside the cage. The boys blue water bucket was brought over.

 All we had to add were baby emu girls. Next we moved the goat feeders, pink water bucket, dogloo and food over from the “big” side of the shelter to the “cozy” side, the new home of the goat girls.

 Not everyone approved.

The plan is for the little emu girls to be in the big enclosure most of the day and only let out for supervised play. That is because today’s playtime disintegrated into a pecking, chasing, and stomping session.

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  1. Thanks everybody!

    Kerrin, I think you are spot on about what happened! Amazing. Could you please send your email address to me through my contact page or is it ok for me to contact you through your website?


  2. I love your website! It is the best!!!

    And all of the food you prepare looks delish!!

  3. Tonya Taber says:

    Busy day! Love the Emus!

  4. Hi, just found your site and love it. I’m looking for some special chickens to raise at our non-profit for children and horses. We don’t have a coop yet, one of our volunteers is going to build one for us. Meanwhile we have one Dorking rooster as a pet (he runs free all day and has a predator proof small coop at night.)

    I noticed your comment about the equine dentist not wanting his picture taken. In California it is actually illegal for lay dentists (non DVMS) to work on horses. That’s why he doesn’t want his picture out there.

    I am a small animal veterinarian and I actually don’t work on my own horses- I hire a licensed equine veterinarian to come and care for them. I have also used a lay dentist that was highly recommended by my veterinarian. That lay dentist only works on horses with a veterinarian present – which is the only way that he can operate legally.

    I’m not saying that the lay dentists are “bad”. There are probably good ones and bad ones. However, it is illegal for them to carry drugs and sedate your animals, but sedation really is necessary for good dental care. Even without sedation, they are operating outside of the Veterinary Practice Act that limits dental procedures to the licensed veterinarian.

    I’m very interested in the Icelandic chickens. Can I contact you when my coop is built?


  5. They all look great! I think everyone should have at least a pair of emus, and a couple goats, don’t you?

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