I’ve been quiet lately. So here is my little update post with a nice picture of eggs from our chickens. We are in need of a new fence for our Alpacas. The electric wire fence (it’s not electrified) is not keeping the Alpacas in. Yesterday they were in our neighbors yard!
We are free ranging 4 silkie roosters because they ganged up on our Alpha roo. Since we got the Alpacas earlier this month, there haven’t been as nearly as many hawks as there used to be. We actually had our first hawk sighting today but it didn’t attack anyone, just flew really low.
Coop cleanup has begun. I shoveled the Alpaca poo (we might use it for fertilizer) and my boyfriend shoveled out the front pen. We are going to need more than the two of us, I think, to shovel out the other coop.
Our Muscovy duck, Yellow, laid her first egg yesterday! We also got an egg from our quail, Fatty, who has been on strike for a couple weeks. We gave them a new cage and put them out on the front lawn so they seem much happier. They also have more sand to play in.
Our alpacas are also starting to fight each other. Mostly Ernie and Leo are picking on Tyrone. Probably because Tyrone gets the most food because he isn’t afraid of us. I got to pet Ty for an extended period of time today while he ate. He even took breaks from eating to see if I was still petting him. He didn’t seem to mind like Leo or Ernie did. They are going to be sheered soon. Going to spin their fleece and sell some yarn and also sell some raw fleece and then make little alpaca plushies out of some of the yarn.
Spring is here! Sort of. It’s been really cold these past few days and we lost some chicks due to the weather. Hopefully our remaining ones will survive through this cold streak.
Our farm has a facebook page, now! https://www.facebook.com/hirschlandfarms
On the crocheting side of thigns, I have plans to start a Goodra plush for my boyfriend. I may sell the finished product.