Tuesday, 29 October 2013

The dark side grows stronger!

Yesterday saw the arrival in Patouland of three, year old, brown females. They have settled in well and have already laid three eggs (presumably one each). Not alpacas of course but hens!
There is a free range egg farm near us and sadly after the chickens are 60 weeks old they are deemed to be insufficiently productive so they go off to meet their maker whilst a new batch of young layers arrive.

The egg farmer is very keen to rehome as many as he can so we took three home, we would have loved more but at the moment we can't take more than three. The naming ceremony has sort of taken place and at the moment we have named one each. So here are Clementine, Laura and Lambo, (please note the liberal use of baling twine used to repair the Eglu run. I am working on plans for a large run but for the time being they are confined to barracks. I suspect it is a bit of a culture shock for them coming from a flock of 38,000 down to 3! 


A couple of weeks ago we did welcome some new alpacas which I hinted about a few months ago. 
I shook on a deal back in early July to buy four females. Three black and one dark brown. They were all pregnant to Popham Thunder and I was keen to get some of his genetics into the herd. Once the deal was done we waited for news of their cria, some lovely black and brown females to take the herd forward would be nice. 
However, one by one news came of the arrival of a male cria, three black and one brown. Not a female in sight, can you believe it! Still all is not lost, all four have been remated to Thunder and all are spitting off nicely. Next year four lovely females please!
I must say Thunder does do a good job, they are all nice but two of them are very promising.

This is Samantha, she is a little bit of a munter (slightly odd shaped head) but has produced the best of the four cria a very nice brown male called Warrior (no pressure then little man!).


And here is little Warrior, a lovely brown colour, great head and a very nice fleece indeed.

  

Now the other three are a bit more of a challenge for me. Because it has pretty much rained constantly since they arrived and because the first week they spent in a huddle miles away from everyone else I haven't quite got who is who sorted out. So here are some pictures of the other arrivals.

 This one is............ a black female, with a black male cria.


This is another black female with a black male cria.


Here is the final new girl, as you can see, a black female.

 

Here is her cria,............................................. possibly.


Or it could be this one. 


I will be getting to know them all very well from now on as I have hung up my truncheon for the very last time. I am now, officially, a farmer!

3 comments:

Barbara@beckbrowalpacas said...

Yipeeeeeeee...freedom!

Congrats on additions to keep you busy!

Apple Vale Alpacas said...

Good to see you've been weaving with baler twine in your spare time!...Clump sends his regards.

Andrew said...

FREEDOM for hens and bobbies . Congratulations.