These baby Fantail Pigeons are not the prettiest chicks, they are a bit like the Ugly Duckling!
…but in few weeks time they will have blossomed into the most beautiful white birds with their vertical fan-style tails from where they get their name! They nest over by the Buffalo shed or in the front yard and they are magical to watch! Their only predators are the eagles which thermal high above the farm and which we deter with Pop-Rockets! So these two should be fine on the farm sticking together like birds of a feather - when they get them!
This superb portrait of Oscar, one of our two cats and well-known to our guests on the farm, was taken by Yasmine. A masterpiece in photographic skills if you ask us!
Brian, our new baby, pinkish-grey buffalo was born a few weeks ago! He is so cute but stays very close to Nohn, his mother, for now but enjoys a cuddle from Natalie the deer at night-time!
This early morning composed snap of the lake and rising mist was taken by Khun Aized a regular guest and friend of the farm!
A really nice snap of (l.to r) Braden, Sam and me out for a side-car ride.
Country Roads take us home!
A quick update on Louis & Molly, our two Beagle ( I was going to say 'Pups') but who are growing-up so quickly! They are still full of mischief though especially Molly but both of them wonderful dogs and companions!
‘Dang’ is the Thai word for ‘Red’!
…and our Dang is the father of this little fellow born last week to Bridgette.
He certainly takes after his father being a glowing deep red.
A life of leisure awaits him on the farm!
I collected 8 Guinea Fowl eggs in August and I put them in the small automatic incubator. They should hatch after 28 days but not much happened! Just one egg was ‘piping’ and for 2 days the ‘keet’ was really struggling to hatch. Against all written advice and my better judgment I cracked the egg to free the ‘keet’. Normally it is a sad fact that you just leave the egg alone and if the ‘keet’ cannot hatch it is just left to fend for itself because that is usually how it is meant to be and very often the ‘keet’ will have a deformity and is not supposed to survive. So the ‘keet’ hatched and I really did not think it would endure but doses of vitamins and with a nice warm brooder it perked-up and after a day was walking around chirping. Being only one of eight eggs to hatch we have called him (or her!) Solo. Now 2 weeks later Solo is beginning to put on weight and grow! He is wonderfully friendly and just needs lots of hugs and makes so much noise if he isn’t get enough attention! Guinea Fowl make splendid pets if handled several times a day when they are very young. So here’s to a very special bird called Solo who will have freedom of the farm when he is old enough!
Here’s a snap of Ruby a rescued baby Civet Cat! She was found close to the farm but left for the night in case her mother was close-by but even in the afternoon of the following day Ruby was still alone and now crying as well! Poor girl! So she was rescued by village folks and where else better to take care of her than Thung Dong! She has only been with us for two days but is settling-in nicely. A few years ago we had another rescued baby Civet Cat called Rik who was very tame and with us for a long time but as he grew older he started to eye the chickens and Guinea Fowl! So lucky for Rik he found a home in the breeding program at Chiang Mai Zoo! But we will have many happy months of taking care of Ruby and watching her grow before she is either returned to the wild or joins Rik in the safety up at the zoo!
Every now and again the long hair rabbits need haircuts to remove their matted hair to make them more comfortable and especially around their eyes so they have uninterrupted clear vision. So it was a few days back It is surprising how calm and passive the bunnies are when they are being trimmed as if they know and welcome the shave. It is also so surprising how much unwanted fur can be removed from just one bunny! As the Australians have sheep-shearing competitions I’m looking to see if Thailand have Bunny shearing events where surely Thung Dong Farm would excel! Many thanks to Khun Michelle for providing the clippers which are also used to remove all the unwanted coat on our Izzie and which turns our gorgeous girl into a stunning beauty!
P.s Complimentary haircut and trims for our guests on request!!
Map Of Thung Dong Farm
Here’s a map of the farm situated in a valley surrounded by National Park and jungle-clad mountains. Zoom in on the satellite-view to see the farm in more detail; the house and out-buildings, the lakes, the rivers and our own valley that winds its’ way through the jungle.