I hadn’t been to Horsepower For Kids (sanctuary/farm) in a long time so I stopped by for a visit at the end of December. All of the baby geese that had grown up in early 2020 were still there making the duck pond a busy place.
They had 2 new canadian geese at the pond. They swam close to the dock and I noticed they both had angel wings. Angel wings is a nutritional deficiency caused by improper diet. It means someone was feeding these geese too much bread when they were young and their wings didn’t grow properly. It can keep them from flying well and that’s probably why they are living here now. At least they have a great home to live in now. That’s why it’s so important not to feed the wildlife bread.
It’s fun seeing all of the different crazy “fowl” running around here.
Some of the other residents.
I was admiring this salad. These guys eat better than I do.
Checking out some pretty white pigeons at Horsepower for Kids (rescue/animal sanctuary/petting zoo/farm) in late June. They weren’t in a cage but they were banded. I guess they know they can get a handout here.
Some of the funny faces.
Looks like this is a baby emu. I wonder where they got this from. They take in all kinds of strays or abandoned animals.
It’s always fun seeing the peacocks running around.
“No, I’m not giving you a kiss” I told him. I was there early so once the kids get there he’ll get lots of attention and snacks. He loves a good scratch.
Right before everything closed I stopped by Horsepower for Kids, the non-profit rescue farm to walk around and just be outside. The weather was still cool. They strictly rely on donations and admission fees to feed the animals and now that they are closed they are hurting for funds.
The turtles in the pond were coming up on the bank to sun themselves.
Funny faces staring back at me.
A capybara taking a dip. These guys are from South American and this one was a pet that someone realized they didn’t want after all and gave up to the farm.
What is it about having chickens and roosters running around that make me want to go live on a farm? Maybe it’s a case of wanting what you don’t have (or didn’t grow up with).
Faces only a mother could love. The first turkey looks like she has a crocheted scarf over her head.
None of the animals were really paying attention to me which is fine.
I spent a recent morning at my favorite neighborhood petting zoo/horse farm. Not much has changed since I was there last spring. No early spring babies there yet. HorsePower for Kids, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization who provides a farm and petting zoo for people who would benefit from interaction with animals and horses. They are a wildlife/rehabilitation farm and most of the animals were rescued.
I finally realized there was a petting zoo/farm near my house. I was out looking for birds and stumbled upon what looked like horse stables but then I heard parrots yelling and other weird noises coming from the back of a house. On the side was an entrance and it said $5 fee. I headed in thinking I wouldn’t find much and left over 2 hours later. They had horses for riding, farm animals to pet, a pond filled with geese, swans and ducks and all kinds of other critters. Most of the animals (excluding the horses) were rescue animals. It’s a non-profit farm run by volunteers. One of their events is a summer camp called “Warriors for Autism”. Kids can spend time working and playing with the animals and interact with other kids. I have found a new favorite place to add to my list of Saturday morning walks. No rare birds here, although I had a few eastern bluebirds fly over, but just a lot of fun.
That last picture is my favorite. Molly was sleeping and I leaned over and snapped her with her teeth sticking out.