Meet our other permanent residence and learn how they help out on the farm!
Rocco & Rudy
Rocco joined Chuck's Clucks in March of 2023. His previous owner cared deeply for him, but also knew he deserved more time and attention. Since coming to our barn, Rocco has proved to be a very social and sweet boy. He enjoys eating fresh carrots and apples from your hand. Brushing and petting isn't his favorite activity, but will often tolerate it solely for the company. He is currently working on lead skills and 'stalling-up' for the night. It is estimated that Rocco was born in 2017.
After a few months of Rocco being with us, we were finally able to find him a new friend. In July of 2023, we added Rudy to our family. His previous home adopted his mother without knowing she was pregnant. In February of 2023 he was born. He stayed with mom until she was ready for him to be weaned (around 4 months of age). Once weaned, they didn't really get along and had to be separated. Since donkeys like to live in small groups, this was very difficult for both of them; so it was decided Rudy needed a new home. Rudy is an affectionate little guy that loves to be petted and hugged.
Now that Rocco and Rudy have adjusted to each other, you'll never find them more than 15 feet apart. They chase each other around (and the cats) while spending many hours grazing side-by-side. There is nothing quite like watching them both happily run hot laps around the pastures. It is clear they've made a deep bond and are bound to be barn buddies forever.
A Donkey's Past
Mediterranean donkeys originated from in Sicily and Sardinia. Many other breeds of donkey exist and come from similar areas, including Africa. Initially, these animals were bred to work. Thanks to their incredible power and strength, they became helpful to farmers and those that traveled with belongings. Today, many people keep them solely for companionship.
A Mind of Their Own
Donkeys have an excellent memory and therefore can learn many different things. They are intelligent and pick up on new puzzles quickly. If they are not stimulated with play or training they will get bored. A bored donkey will often express disinterest in people and life. Perhaps, this is where our beloved Eeyore from Winnie-The-Pooh got his demeanor?
A Bottomless Stomach
Coming from semi-arid and semi-desert climates, donkeys had to search far and wide for food. They evolved to be extremely efficient eaters. As domesticated animals, food is bountiful and they often have a difficult time burning off all that they eat. Today they are left to graze rich grass pastures, supplemented with wheat or barley hay, and fed fresh fruits and vegetables.
Mouser Farm Hands
The barn absolutely could not function without our trusty mousers. Each cat has either taken up residence on their own, or come from our local shelter's "Working Cat" program. Each cat is paid fairly and offered the unbeatable benefit of free and unlimited health care.
Dinner is provided each evening to supplement their efforts in reducing barn pests. All barn cats must adhere to our strict spay and neuter policy to help control local populations. Yearly check-ups, vaccinations, and other vet care is offered as-needed.
Lending a Paw
Many feral and semi-feral cats are brought to shelters as strays. Unfortunately, a good number of them are not well suited for an in-home environment. Working cat programs offer an alternative that allows them to live their best lives. Once spayed or neutered, microchipped, vaccinated, and given a healthy vet-check, they are adopted out to special homes. These special adoptees go to farms, warehouses, or other places in need of good 'mousers'. It is then the cats 'job' to help control pests while the new owners provide basic care if the hunt is unsuccessful. All adopters agree to give appropriate shelter, water, and supplemental food to the working cats.