The Beanimals –
Billy - Head of the herd. He sneezes to establish dominance and ward off strangers. Unfortunately, Billy hasn't figured out why that doesn't really ward off anyone. He's pretty cool. Check out his "goat-tee"
Jeff – Mini-Myatonic (fainting goat) – mostly black with white ring. Has a chewing fetish especially hair. So very very sweet to all guests. He's the hero of the herd. He also has a non-speaking role in our Live Nativity.
Mary - White Pygmy with horns - she's a bit of a loner and likes it that way. She doesn't mind it if we touch her but she'd rather be left alone to graze.
Marsha-mallow - White little goat. She's a twin to the little black goat. She likes to eat and jump fences. Any sort of fence. Any time. Any day.
June-bug - She is Marsha's twin. Only June-bug is more of a lap-goat. If you sit down next t
Beatrice – black pot belly pig – another grumpy pot belly pig. Prefers that you provide her with lettuce and tomatoes. She’s quick on her feet. She doesn’t like hugs AT ALL but a scratch to her back or behind the ears doesn’t bother her too much.
Rebel – Mini-donkey – cries for attention & is loyal to his owners. Loves to have his shoulders and rump scratched. He kicks off chore time with a series of hee-haws to get our attention. He is often a favorite around here.
Ginny – Grey Mini-donkey – she’s a sweetie. Comical, loving and still learning that humans are not edible. Any attention that is given to Rebel she expects to have an equal share in. She has a part in our Live Nativity!
Connie(s) – due to a lack of creativity and an ever-rotating stock, all of the red hens are named Connie. They sleep with the goats and donkeys at night and free-range during the day. One of them likes to be held but we can't remember which one. All of them love dehydrated worms which are available on site (unless we run out of them).
Free to whoever wants one. Naughty children will receive two. There are about 9 or 12 or there could be 14. Plus some new kittens we haven’t found yet.
A few of the regulars are:
Clyde - he's the King of the Cats. Smashed ears and a grumpy attitude, he is Julia's favorite. He roosts wherever he pleases but has a special bed next to the greenhouse door. Depending on his mood, he may decide to play a part in the Live Nativity.
Greycie (also answers to "Chicken") - Sweet little grey kitty. Purrs incessantly. Likes pina-coladas and getting caught in the rain. Has recently moved to Clarke University. We miss her!
Orange cat - there are a few of those. All ferral except when it comes to feeding time. Maybe you can tame them while you're here!
Mabel - basset hound pup
*Also referred to as: Mabel-mander, Maber-gator, Mabes, Mabelline, Mabel Rae
Mabel chews most things within reach. She is dramatic, pounces, flops about, is easily distracted, has feet that are bigger than necessary and smells like popcorn. She is working on obedience training so stays inside most of the time. She is an absolute delight to have at the farm!
Karen - she's the house cat. Someone found her on a sidewalk in Cedar Rapids and that was all she wrote. Karen moved in this fall and was skin and bones. So we fattened her up and now she's our resident rodent control in the farm house.
Our motto is “the best place to be is together” which applies to all who visit.