Ok, I have time to write more now!
We got there at about 7:45... 45 mins late! (miscalculated the time... There was a wreck and a lot of traffic to begin with.
) When we pulled up, there was a huge bran out back with a big emu walking around in a fence that surrounded the barn. The only thing else I could see were a couple turkeys and specks of other birds.
About a minute later, before we even got out of the car, she came walking out the door. When we got out of the car, I heard roosters crowing, birds "Hello"ing, pigs grunting, and an old old old dog barking. It was incredible- all those sounds at once. I don't see how she sleeps! She promised she would take me around the place after we saw the chins, but the cockatoo on the way to the chin room caught my attention. She was just saying Hello over and over and over in a billion different voices. I got her to wolf whistle and chirp like an outside bird. It was really neat. She was a rescue. (A lot of her animals were
) She also had 3 (I think) HUGE iguanas and one baby one outside soaking up the real sun rays. We finally got almost the whole way through the garage to the chin room, and I saw another cage and asked what was in it. She pulled out a pigeon with CURLY feathers!!! It was so neat- the bird was sooo sweet. She had two of them. She said you wouldn't find it in the wild- it's just a mutation thing right now. They were gorgeous. In front of that cage, there was a pen on the floor with an angora (the huge fluffly ones, right?) rabbit in it. He was adorable--- so sweet.
We got back to the chin room... It was about 76 degrees (if not more) in there. She didn't know they were supposed to be in nothing hotter than 75 (AT THE MOST) degrees. I told her at 75, they would still be suffering, and our's stay at a constant 69-70 degrees. A lot of them seemed pretty stressed out. Two of the cages had kits in them and all of the males were with females. She was breeding. Thankfully she was feeding them Mazuri, but she was using Kaytee bath dust which didn't give too much umph to their fur. I told her because it is such a sandy gritty dust, it could damage their thin hairs. They will all more than likely grow out of it pretty quick, and get a lot better looking. She didn't know that and asked what I used. Kevin and I taught her a lot while we were there. After we figured out which chins we were getting, she took us on a tour around her zoo. She had everything! She even had these animals that are in the cavy family. They look like a deer/dog/rabbit/guinea pig. They were really neat. She had guineas, too. While we were in deep conversation looking at the cavy animals, a HUGE cat jumped basically on top of Kevin and almost fell over when Kevin started petting it. She told us the cat's story. It was aweful. Someone through her out of the car window going down the road. She stopped and took her home. That old dog that was barking at us, is actually her neighbor's dog but Brenda (the woman) takes the dog to the vet because the other lady doesn't. (She pays for it, too.) The other day, she called the woman and asked if she could take the dog with her... lol. The woman let Brenda have the poor dog. She get's around pretty good but she has some serious arthritis.
In the back of the garage, she has snakes (one was a rescue) and a legless lizard. She has a blue tongued skink. I'ts HUGE!!
When we started to walk back to the chin room, we asked Brenda if we could take all the chins (because before she offered all of them to us for $400.00). She said she could, as long as we kept her updated on them.
It was a really fun night... I'm glad we got all of them. They're sucking up this AC!