Last Friday we were eagerly awaiting the birth of the next Emmerdale cria. As Grace's last 2 cria were both girls Charity & Chastity I did wonder if we could have 3 girls in a row & call this one Genesis (Jenny) but instead of a girl we have a beautiful jet black boy who of course had to be named Cain. Cain is a lovely little alpaca very friendly, just like his mum Grace. He is very brave & has to come up & sniff our hands every time we go in the paddock.
Friday, 28 June 2013
Thursday, 27 June 2013
|JandJ Asha with her milky mouth|
Sunday, 16 June 2013
Had a very busy weekend. We had a whole day of shearing last month, shearing 37 alpacas in day. Yesterday Sandra the shearer came back & we had 44 of our own left to shear & 5 alpaca boys which we have sold in the past coming back for shearing. Amazingly 40 were shorn on Saturday leaving just 10 for Sunday morning.
Poppy was due on Friday & by Saturday was really unsettled, we thought that perhaps a cria was imminent but I think that the rainy weather put her off. This morning though it was bright & sunny so a perfect day to have a cria & sure enough at 9.21am Poppy gave birth to a beautiful fawn girl we have named Layla. She is a little unsteady on her feet, earlier on she leaned on me & promptly fell over :)
Skylark managed to be the first to give birth on Friday even though she is not due until Monday. Her cria are often early & even though Martin checked the girls an hour before there was no sign that Skylark was about to produce. Born at 2pm, this handsome, jet black little boy is Pipit, all Skylark's cria are named after birds Raven, Wren, Robin, Ani, Kitt & Swift.
Friday, 14 June 2013
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Thursday, 13 June 2013
This is a photo of the last speckled sussex chick to hatch yesterday. He was still stuck to his shell when his mum decided to take the other 8 chicks out into the pen, leaving him in the nest, on his own & really cold. Martin found him & after a bit of warming up from the hair dryer & a few hours wrapped in a towel on top of the boiler he was fine.
|Little chick late last night just before he went back to his mum|