Farm Life

Missing Noodle

It is with a heavy heart that Owlcatraz Farm shares the news of the passing of Noodle, our beloved white turkey. Noodle was the unofficial mascot of the farm and eagerly ran to greet all visitors. She adored treats, hugs, and scratches under her wings.

Raised from just a tiny ball of feathers, Noodle quickly learned how to steal the hearts of guests as well as garner snacks. She would tap on the back door for a bite to eat and even come inside for extra attention.

Over the past several weeks we also lost Kevin, a gorgeous turkey that was raised on the farm too. We believe a large predator (fox or coyote) got both birds. For any reader that thinks it isn’t possible to become attached to a feathered, barnyard friend – tell that to the tearful kids holding the white feathers of Noodle.


Goat Castle

During the planning and early construction stages of Owlcatraz, a wise man decided to start building the ultimate goat castle. (Wise man being “Papa”.) Upon careful deliberation and research, he found a picture of a dog house with a rooftop terrace and this inspired the creation of the “goat castle”.

Time for spring cleaning!

The structure was primarily made off site, then transported and assembled inside the goat pen. Approximately 6 x 4 feet, the interior is almost 4 feet tall (constructed of pressure treated pine). The interior has plenty of room for both Nina, Nubs (pygmy goats), and company should the herd expand. A ramp leading to the roof top terrace had branches added for traction and the herd has been easily able to maneuver up and down in all types of weather. Now Nubs often opts for the leap off the top, but Nina is a bit more graceful in her approach.

Discussing politics over their hay.

The roof top is covered with a GAF mineral guard material. Not only does this protect the residents from moisture inside, but the rough surface helps keep hooves healthy. The post caps add the finishing touch of elegance! Thanks Papa for your construction work!