It was bound to happen sooner or later. The chickens heard they could get better care (which translates to “more snacks” in the chicken mind), so they tried to send me to a class.
I went willingly. I love classes in pretty places.
They sent me to the Mountain Goat Lodge, a B&B near Salida, CO that really does have classes about backyard chickens! Have you been thinking about getting dwarf goats for your homestead? The Lodge also offers goat care classes!
Owner Gina Marcell teaches the classes and she’s particularly well qualified to help people keep goats. She ran a goat rescue before she ran an inn, a line of work she got into because she had been rescuing dogs. As fate would have it, she found herself taking in three orphaned baby goats; Tony, Sylvio and Pauly.
“I just fell in love,” she said. “I quit doing dog rescue and started doing goat rescue.”
About five years ago, she bought the B&B and moved from Washington with 12 goats, 25 chickens, three dogs and a cat. With 20 years of customer service experience, it was a natural transition and Gina makes guests feel at home.
Everyone lives peacefully on the property now, along with some new residents.
She also makes breakfast …
We started with homemade yogurt.
And then we ate huevos rancheros with eggs from her chickens.
And then we ate homemade cinnamon rolls!
I was delighted to learn that Gina also has experience as a barista! I drank perfect latte after perfect latte.
And then I had to go run around with the dog. That was a lot of caffeine and food.
As you can see here, I was the only one who had too much caffeine.
We spent a lot of time outside.
These little pullets were wandering around all over the place. Sometimes they would walk with us and join the conversation.
I also got to answer a burning question of mine, with Gina’s help. I had picked up ducks for the first time a few days prior to our visit and was surprised to learn that ducks are squishy! Was this true for all ducks?
I annoyed one of these fellows by picking him up as a test.
Turns out it is true. Ducks have a lot of fat and, unlike chickens, feel like a loosely stuffed toy bird.
We got to pick up the baby goats too. They are not squishy, but they are extremely cute.
Gina loves working with animals and showing guests around.
If you go in the right season, you may also get to eat produce out of the Mountain Goat Lodge greenhouse!
You can tell she enjoys running her own business too. She has dozens of improvement projects going on and is always adding classes and services.
You can stay in the beautiful lodge. Each room has its own balcony!
If you have a larger party, you can rent one of four trailers on the property. They each have space to sleep three, a bathroom and a small kitchen! Soon, a two bedroom trailer from the 1950s will be available too. The Lodge offers classes, tours, a campfire on Saturday nights and plenty of time with animals.
Will my chickens get more snacks in the future? Well, I was too busy playing with the pullets, ducks and goats to have time for a class.
My chickens will just have to send me back.
©Hungry Chicken Homestead 2015
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