The scene Friday afternoon as Bubs waits for his new friends to arrive…
Matt, from the Humane Society of Huron Valley, was remarkable throughout this process and offered to bring the little guys out to the farm, since I didn’t have a way to transport them. So the cat and I did the nervous-waiting-by-the window routine until we saw the trailer pull into the driveway.
The cat then decided he had better things to do, like go capture and kill a twist-tie, while I got these little guys settled in to their new space.
Meet Parker (left) and Doc (right), the newest additions to the Liberty House. (Should I start calling it Liberty Farm now?)
They were pretty quick to check out the small pasture I have temporarily fenced in, but the barn was a whole different story.
You know the phrase stubborn ass? Not just a cute saying, actually. Donkeys don’t get spooked or flee like horses, but when they decide they aren’t going to do something? Yeah. Good luck with that. (So basically they already take after me.) And they both decided unequivocally that they were not going to venture inside the barn, um, ever.
Since they were just getting used to me and their new space I didn’t force the issue on Friday, hoping they would go inside overnight. But Saturday morning I woke up bright and early, and when I looked out toward the pasture I saw two little donkeys still standing just outside their barn, with an inch of snow covering them.
So… I spent the first hour of my day sitting in the barn with a couple of mini-carrots luring these little dudes inside, so they could see for themselves that the barn wasn’t such a scary place.
They’re now going freely in and out of the barn, eating hay out of the feeder, and drinking from the water bucket. (That was a whole other challenge.)
But they’ve already started earning their keep by getting rid of all the old weeds around the barn and providing lots of fertilizer… I’m going to need a bigger compost pile and a really big garden this summer.
I’ve had an insane amount of work to do for my actual day job this weekend (funny how a couple of vacation days will come back to haunt you in short order) but I’ve been taking little breaks throughout the day to check in with my boys… and the view out the parlor window is pretty awesome.