A year ago today in a blizzard Beatrice came to live at the sanctuary from Harper’s Ferry, WV where she was found wandering the neighborhood by some caring residents. We were being looked after as 4 wheel drive vehicles couldn’t make it up the hill yet somehow our minivan with all season tires made it and back to the sanctuary safely!
Shortly after arriving
She is doing well and free as one of 25 unique individuals in the rescued chicken flock. She spends time with Dennis and loves watermelon and grapes. She sneaks over into the hay storage to relax frequently. Like most hens, zhe enjoys a good dust bath in the sun which gives her black plummage and grey pattern. Please join us in wishing her a happy anniversary!
After a dust bath
There are quite a few new faces around Peaceful Fields recently! Five new residents have arrived to call the sanctuary home. Some annual visitors have also made their appearance as well. Let’s dive right in to get you caught up!
Three pygmy goats recently came from the Richmond area to call PFS home. Paula, Walter & Warren were surrendered to us on January 31st and quickly began to make friends with the other small goats. This trio of siblings are about 10 months old. Paula likes to cuddle, Walter has the cutest voice and Warren likes to play. Sweet Pea watches over these young kids to make sure they don’t cause too much trouble. They all enjoy the nice, big yard and some of the activities include climbing a ramp, seesaw, standing on the playhouse or snuggling in an igloo. That brings us to 5 small goats and eleven goats total living at Peaceful Fields.
Our most recent rescues came on Valentine’s day eve. A VDOT employee contacted us concerned about some chickens living along interstate 81. That day was very cold with single digit temperatures and the promise of negative temps overnight with the wind chill. We weren’t necessarily planning to increase our winter rescued chicken flock but this emergency required urgent action to save lives! After a thorough search of the area we located the pair and managed to coax them into a carrier for transport. Upon returning, we got them into the infirmary so we could examine their health and begin quarantine. Luckily no injuries or external parasites were found. Once settled, we enjoyed a hot beverage to warm up. Many found it to be a touching story and so both WHAG as well as the Winchester Star newspaper (Saturday edition, 02/20) covered the tale of these two “love birds” and how they came to the sanctuary on a very cold Valentine’s Day eve.
On Tuesday, everyone’s favorite three legged goat, Toby had his neutering surgery. It’s important at the sanctuary to prevent breeding so that all residents can be rescues. Dr. Fred performed quality work and made sure it went smoothly with no pain or trauma for little Toby. He was a bit groggy from the general anesthesia and pain medication after he awoke so he spent the night in the infirmary which also allowed us to keep an eye on him. It brought back memories of when he first came to us only a few days old in the early morning hours. How he’s grown and healed from then! (You can read his tale here on what he had to overcome) Now he’s back out in the barn and will join all the other small goats in a week when we are confident that breeding cannot take place. He previously spent several days with Walter and Warren so we know they’ll get along well, Toby was so happy to have playmates his size!
To prove there is always something going on, it doesn’t end there! Little Paula gave us a panic attack with a sudden case of severe pneumonia. Yesterday she started shivering and showed signs of low energy. After taking her temperature we discovered it was very high and she required an emergency ice bath to bring it down to avoid physical damage. It took some effort and made quite a mess however we were able to wrestle her into a tub of ice. Goats hate water and you can imagine how she felt about ice cold water! Through the ice bath, fan and medication we were able to get her temperature to drop out of the danger zone during the evening. We monitored her condition and checked her temperature every 15 minutes. Dr. Fred, her amazing vet came and with the use of antibiotics was able to finish the job and get her back to feeling good. Today she is out with her friends with a normal temp. and her usual self, whew!
You can see that sanctuary life is one crazy roller coaster ride! We here at Peaceful fields are happy to hold on and with blessing live it for stewardship and for creation. Thanks for riding along with us!