More information about our animals

Nigerian Goats

 

Noted  for surprisingly high milk production for its size, the Nigerian Dwarf  Goat  (Capra aegagrus hircus) is of West African ancestry. Available in a wide array of colors  and patterns, the Nigerian doe is renowned for producing twins, triplets  and even quadruplets in a single litter. Gentle and easily tamed, this  dimunitive breed of dairy goat is ideal for small farms,  4-H  projects and as pets. Rowdy Moon Farm maintains a mall herd of  Nigerian Dwarf Goats registered with the American Dairy Goat  Association. Registered kids are occasionally available for purchase.

Miniature Mediterranean Donkeys

 

 Originally bred on the  Italian islands of Sicily and Sardinia, Donkeys  (Equus Assinus) came to the New World  with the Spanish Conquistadors in the late 1500’s. Donkeys hold an  undeserved reputation as stubborn, belligerent, uncooperative creatures.   Gentle, sweet creatures that adore and follow their owners about,  Donkeys become bonded to and protective of their pasture mates, often  guarding them from dangers. Rowdy Moon Farm maintains a small herd of MM  Donkeys as guard animals for a herd of goats. Donkey foals are  occasionally available for purchase. 


Member : Miniature Mediterranean          Donkey Association

 Member:  American Donkey and Mule Society  

 

Suggested Reading

The Donkey Companion by Sue Weaver    ISBN 978-1-60342-038-9
 

Suggested Websites

www.miniature-donkey-assoc.com

 www.lovelongears.com

http://www.nmdaasset.com/standard.php

  

Kunekune Pigs

  The  KuneKune Pig  (Sus scrofa scrofa kunekune) is a small breed of heritage swine from New Zealand.  Unusually gentle and docile, the KuneKune has the unique distinction as  the only grazing pig, having the ability to thrive exclusively on  pasture. The KuneKune’s minimal care requirements and value as a  multi-purpose pig make it an excellent livestock choice for the small  farm or for sustainable agriculture endeavors; and its intelligence,  diminutive size and friendly nature make the breed particularly suitable  as a family pet or companion.  

Our BOAR bloodlines include:  Rowdy Moon Farm KuneKune boar bloodlines include: Andrew,  BH Tutaki,  Boris
Mahia Love,  Ru.  And our  SOW  bloodlines include:  Awakino, Trish, Jenny,  BH Rebecca Gina,  Kereopa,  Sally,  Wilson's Gina


Lisa is the Founding Member and first Chairman, The AKKPS


Member, British Kunekune Society


 
 
 

Poultry

 

Cochin  Chickens  (Gallus gallus domesticus), developed in China, are among the oldest breeds of  domesticated chicken. Known for their soft, fluffy plumage and feathered  legs and feet, they can be found in a wide array of colors and color  combinations.  Cochins are prolific egg producers; and the hens,  famously broody, are often used to hatch the eggs of less cooperative  breeds.  Cochins are particularly gentle and easily handled, making them  a pleasure to keep for egg production or as pets.  Rowdy  Moon Farm maintains a flock of Cochin Chickens of various colors and  patterns. Eggs and hatchlings are available for purchase year ‘round.

  

Member: American Poultry Association


  Suggested Reading:    

Storey’s Illustrated Guide to Poultry Breeds by Carol Ekarius

ISBN 978-1-580 17-667-5


Chickens by Suzie Baldwin

ISBN 978-0-85783-175-0

 

Suggested Website
 

www.amerpoultryassn.com

Italian Honey Bees

 


Honey  bees   (Apis mellifera ligustica) are, by far, the most prolific and most important pollinators of  agricultural crops worldwide; but it is the miracle of their honey  production that drives the beekeeper’s passion. In addition to honey,  bees also produce beeswax, bee pollen, royal jelly and propolis. While  all honey bees will sting in defense of their hive, Italian Honey bees  are known to be the least aggressive subspecies. Rowdy Moon Farm  maintains two colonies of Italian Honey Bees in traditional English  garden hives. Honey and other hive products are available year ‘round. 



 



Suggested Reading:

The Backyard Beekeeper by Kim Flottum 


   ISBN 978-1-59253-607-8

Keeping Bees by Paul Peacock

ISBN 978-1-85675-302-9 


 

Suggested Websites

www.blackwaterbeekeepers.org

www.scstatebeekeepers.org

www.brushymountainbeefarm.com

Karakachan Livestock Guardian Dogs

 Very near  extinction after World War II, Karakachan dogs  (Canis familaris) are highly valued by the  shepherds in their native country of Bulgaria for their ferocious  protective instincts. Though gentle and loving with their masters and  mistresses, Karakachans have been known to fearlessly attack even the  largest of predators in defense of their herd or flock.  Rowdy  Moon Farm uses Karakachans to protect a herd of KuneKune pigs from  local predators including black bears, coyotes and feral dogs. 






Member, American Karakachan Association

Vermiculture/ Red Worms

 So much  more than just fishin’ worms, Red Worms--also called “red wigglers”—are  an essential part of composting projects. As a by-product of breaking  down waste vegetation and manure into rich soil, the Red Worms produce  both worm castings, a valuable soil enriching fertilizer, and worm tea,  its liquid equivalent. A single vermiculture habitat provides all the
composting and fertilizing needs for Rowdy Moon Farm. 


 

Suggested Reading

Worms Eat My Garbage by Mary Appelhof

ISBN: 0-942256-10-7 

Guineafowl

 Judged  hideously ugly by some and exotically beautiful by others, Guineafowl   (Numida meleagris) were domesticated from feral flocks in Africa. Though only seasonal  egg-layers, guineafowl produce eggs identical in taste to chicken eggs;  and it is said the flavor of their meat compares favorably to that of  pheasants. Deeply suspicious of anything unfamiliar, Guineafowl will  noisily raise the alarm if strangers, be they human or animal, invade  their territory. Additionally, Guineafowl forage on weed seeds and are  ravenous insectivores, which makes them a valuable addition to any farm.   Rowdy Moon Farm maintains a flock of guinea fowl. Eggs and hatchling keets are available for purchase from spring through fall.

  

Member: American Poultry Association

  Suggested Reading     


Storey’s Illustrated Guide to Poultry Breeds by Carol Ekarius

ISBN 978-1-580 17-667-5

Chickens by Suzie Baldwin

ISBN 978-0-85783-175-0

 

Suggested Website 

www.amerpoultryassn.com