At the KiKi & CO Family Farmhouse, what is outside often lives inside. From chickens, to geese, to rabbits, to our kids, our home has become the barn. I guess our parents were right: "Shut the door! Were you born in a barn?"
When someone needs love at Kiki & CO Family Farmhouse, our home expands beyond our windows and doors. With almost 40 chickens, 14 geese, a rabbit, two cats, bee hives, and two kids, attention to detail is required.
Red, who has Ascites, a terminal heart disease, has been living in the house for months. During the day, we let her out to explore and eat what she can dig up.
To add to Red's comfort and quality of life, every couple of weeks, Dawn pulls fluid from Red's abdomen using a needle and syringe. She is our resident nurse.
Her friend, Hei-Hei, was born with “scissor beak.” We have to clip her beak for her as she can’t naturally do it herself. She lays the most beautiful blue eggs. In clipping her beak, it is possible to go too short, which makes it really bleed.
Meri has been living in our house for almost a month. Caitlynn, our daughter, noticed that she was acting very lethargic. Upon further inspection and a couple days in the house, she noticed leakage out her back end. After a doctor visit, we discovered that an egg broke inside her and was causing great discomfort.
After a good “flush” of lubricant, Meri was feeling better. Because we must give her special medication to get her healthy, her eggs cannot be eaten for about a month. Thus, we are going to house her in our portable coop to keep her eggs separate. She is on the mend.
In our garage, seven, 5-week-old Sebastopol goslings await their forever homes as we are looking for loving families for them. Please ask how these entertaining and beautiful creatures can join your little or big farm.
Before moving these little goslings to the garage, two lived in the house for a month. Little Miracle and Monster lived in a large box in our family room, spending a lot of time snuggling.
Little Miracle broke her leg within the first week of her life. We are guessing her mom stepped on her leg. We didn’t find out that it was broken until a 2nd vet decided to get an x-ray. By then, Miracle had been in pain for weeks.
After many tears from Dawn and her persistence to help all life, Miracle went to WSU College of Veterinary Medicine to get her leg repaired. The surgery was a success! Now, Miracle will go through several weeks of water therapy by Dawn’s loving hands.
With Miracle gone for a week, Little Monster was feeling lonely, so we introduced him to his cousins, which are one week younger. It is obvious when going to the garage who is who as the other goslings run to the far corner while Monster extends his neck toward us making his little noises. He comes right to us and wants to cuddle.
A little over a year ago, Pepper lost the use of her legs. As a full-grown Sebastopol goose, it was hard to watch her not be a goose with her three other siblings. For seven months, Dawn took her to every vet in the inland northwest in hopes to finding a cure. It never came.
The day we had to say goodbye to Pepper broke our hearts, but also left a lifetime of memories as she lived and did everything with us in our home.
Don’t forget Bun Bun. He is our little rabbit that has lived free in our living room for the past five years. Of course, I am allergic to him, but I sacrifice my sneezes for his home.
Bun Bun spends every morning on the couch getting cuddles and loves from Dawn while she drinks her morning tea and goes through her emails. Of course, Bun Bun must share cuddle time with one of our two cats.
The one “pet” that we don’t let join us in our house is our honey bees. 🐝 It is best that they stay outside although we do bring their honeycomb and honey inside to enjoy.
I guess you can say that our urban farm is not normal, but, then again, if you know us, the Kiki’s are far from normal. Nevertheless, we are filled with love for all.