Come look at all the beautiful faces!
Bear, Dan, Bobbie, Len, April and her five babies (Hercules, Brindle, Tim, Mercy and Peggy) are the current complement of pigs enjoying an idyllic life at Happily Ever Esther. Pigs are VERY smart animals who love to root, play, and, of course, eat! They know exactly when it's meal time and love to vocalize their anticipation. Life expectancy for pigs on average is 15 years. Veterinary care for the pigs involves quarterly hoof trimming, rabies and tetanus shots and regular health check ups.
Diet: hay, piggy kibble (plant-based), lots of fruits and vegetables (10 cups, 2x per day).
Despite their size, cows are gentle, benign creatures and can be quite shy. When feeding them by hand, they will very carefully approach the fence, slowly stick out their tongues and gently take the food from your hand. The average life expectancy for a cow is 20 years. They all receive routine vaccinations and regular health checks.
Diet: hay, cow pellets (plant-based), fruits and vegetables for treats, salt lick.
The fowl at Happily Ever Esther are incredibly curious, funny and happy. Life expectancy is on average 8-10 years for chickens and up to 20 years for peacocks. Veterinary care consists of regular health check ups.
Diet: chicken feed, grapes, watermelon, strawberries.
The goats at Happily Ever Esther are incredibly curious, funny and happy. Life expectancy for goats is approximately 15 years. Veterinary care consists of regular health check ups.
Diet: hay, horse pellets, lots of fresh veggies, fruit for a treat, mineral lick . . . and virtually anything they can get a hold of!
The Donkey and Horse
BJ and Escalade are lifelong companions. They were surrendered to Happily Ever Esther in November 2014 by a couple who could no longer take care of them. BJ and Escalade are inseparable. We believe that Escalade is an American Quarter Horse/Arabian cross. Veterinary care consists of regular health check ups, quarterly hoof trimming by a farrier and semi-annual de-worming.
Diet: hay, horse pellets, lots of fresh veggies, sweet feed, fruit for a treat, salt lick.
The sheep at HEEFS are very happy and live a life of plenty! Veterinary care consists of annual sheering, regular hoof trimming and periodic health check ups.
Diet: hay, plant-based sheep pellets, fresh vegetables and occasional watermelon.
All of the bunnies live together in the recently constructed Bunny Town. Veterinary care consists of regular health check ups.
Diet: hay, rabbit pellets, fresh vegetables.