Good Monday morning everyone!! to the new folks further east (finally getting some people that are not in the mountains!! ) We're from Johnston County!! HT, ML, BHep I am HAPPY to report that the mystery has been solved (finally)!! Timmy will NOT need a name change. I think you were right and he was at the bottom of the pecking order. I finally heard him "moan??" after Jeremy and Cotton-tail had spent a good 5 minutes announcing their presence. I find it interesting that Jeremy is the only one who crows, while the other too have this muffled moaning sound...it's weird. Vfem - a goat huh?? You're sure a goat would eat ALL my poison ivy?? If so, I'd run out and buy one today!! That would be SO nice to be able to go outside in the summer without being dressed for the winter and sweating to death!! I try to tell myself I am just sweating the baby weight off, but somehow I end up crawling back into the air conditioning and wondering HOW people managed life before AC!! BHep- I am so sorry you lost a gosling!! I actually was thinking of you because I was reading an article in Backyard Poultry Magazine (given to me by a large chicken farmer from church...he has 500 acres - I am SO jealous) and the article was talking about the joys of ducks and another one spoke of the joys of the Indian Fantail Pigeon...they all made me think of you...that and the ad I saw for the Brinsea incubator!! I've already scoped out a few places (and made a mental note of all of our trusty BYC'ers) that sell the eggs I want so I could either use the incubator (you know for a class project...right...) or stick some under a broody!! You've shown me the possibilities!! Had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend. Spent Saturday with some friends having a BBQ!! Oh my word, I wish I had a camera for they had the prettiest rooster I have ever seen!! He was cream and black with a bright fire engine red comb & waddle. Gorgeous He would stand on one leg on their goat stand in the middle of the pasture watching his "girl"....he only has 2 hens to look after, but one is broody and sitting on a clutch (hope I am using the right terms here) and is separated from him. All I can say is WOW!! They didn't know what breed he was, but they did have a Mottled Welsummer (??) who was the broody and boy was she pretty too!! I might have to talk to them about getting goats now!! Although my MIL still wants to do the whole sheep thing, and I have heard that sheep and goats do not go well together because sheep are "dirty beasts". (that's what these folks told us) I hope you all had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend and took some time to pause and remember all those who are sitting with an empty chair in their homes because their loved one paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms!! Again, a special THANK YOU to all our service men/women and their families who all have had to make sacrifices!! Wish me luck...I am going to attempt to mow the lawn this morning before the temperatures reach 95+ again...ugh!!