• Busy couple of weeks

    It's been a busy few weeks again with the groundworks finally started on the farm and the children off school for the Easter holidays. After a rubbish start weather wise we've actually had some decent weather and have been out and about on the farm.

    Our new ducks are settling in but still haven't produced any eggs. We have constructed their new enclosure and purchased a paddling pool and they seem happy. They don't do much though!??

    We've also had some new fencing put up which has created a new paddock down in our hay field. This has provided some much needed grass for our boys. After introducing our little boys to Kilimanjaro and his friends in his paddock and the normal neck wrapping and rearing we brought up the big boys. We gave them about 15 minutes to sort out their pecking order and then herded them down to the new paddock. No sooner had they stepped foot inside they gate they stopped to eat the new grass which caused a bit of a pile up but it was a great plan as they have all settled down nicely and there has been no fighting. Kili holds his own at the feed trough so that's good! We didn't put little Sooty and Sweep in with the big boys as they tend to get picked on because they are so small and as they were castrated at the beginning of March we have put them in with the babies and younger girls. They all seem to be getting on well. Eclipse and the other mummies have also moved to a new paddock that has rested over winter so they also have grass. As a result though we struggle to get them in to the pen as they don't want to leave their grass. After much coaxing we managed to get Eclipse in so we could remove her coat. She is looking better now - not nearly so emaciated as she worringly looked after she had Alice. Still unsure as to whether we will remate her this year or give her the year off.

    And on that note as the weather hopefully continues to improve we are starting to think about matings. We are keen to use Kili and would also like to give Jensen another shot as he was a bit slow to get going last year!

    James and Amy went to a show clinic last weekend and came home all fired up and have entered Kilimanjaro, Jensen and Lapwing (one of our younger boys) into the Heart of England Spring Fiesta in Warwickshire on 27/28th April. This will be our first showing experience so we have been busy buying fans and white coats in order to look the part!

    There is another big show in May which is really local to us - the British Alpaca Society National Show - which is being held at Bury Park Equestrian Centre in Slapton. It's going to be huge with all sorts going on - alpaca shows and agility courses as well as dog shows and horses and a fibre village and craft workshop. We have booked tickets for the gala evening on the Saturday and are looking forward to digging out our "black tie" gear. The show is over the weekend of 11/12th May and is free to enter for the public. I will put a link to their website with more information on my home page.

    As the groundwork continues we are looking forward to welcoming our first visitors at the end of April. I'm sure work on the farm is going to continue for some time but it will be nice to have it all looking a bit tidier and more organised! We have a number of alpaca experiences already booked and plan to have "Alpaca Encounter" afternoons once a month for anyone who is interested in coming along to meet the alpacas and mini ponies and have a look around. These will be first come first served and will need to be booked in advance. Keep an eye on the website and my facebook page for dates and more information!

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