Sunday 15 May 2016
I had to do two rescues today
First up was Kara our youngest alpaca, her she is inside the chicken run, we were sitting having a cup of tea, Kara went running up to the chicken run and started scratching her neck on the net fencing on the out side of the run, next thing she somersaulted and landed up inside the chicken run, we both burst out laughing, she got up shook her self off and then look around and was perplex as to what happened and how she was going to get out.
Martin took down some of the fencing and rescued her.
Next up was chicks,
Yesterday when I checked the broody two more chicks were pipping, I left the broody to get on with being mother hen
Today throughout the day I kept seeing her outside with the chick that hatched the other day,
I went and checked this afternoon and disaster, the two that had pipped were part out of the shells, broody had abandoned them and with it being so hot the membranes from inside the shell had dried up and harden over the chicks, they couldn't get out,
I whipped the two eggs away and in the kitchen covered them in a damp cloth to soften the membrane, I slowly took away the rest of the shell and peeled off the dried membrane, while working on one I sat the other on the window sill in the sun to keep it warm, both chicks were chilled,
They were both weak and chilled, I popped them into the bottom oven while I set the incubator up, I put them in the incubator and left them too it, I had my doubts that they would make it.
This evening they were both on there feet and cheeping, I have now popped them under broody, I have doubts one of them it seems very weak and I think it has and injury to its stomach a bit like a hernia, but we will see, there was still another egg to go, I don't know if it will hatch as it was cold, I will leave it in the incubator for a few days if it doesn't start pipping I will throw it.
We have been cracking on with the poly tunnel this week end
Now covered and the doors are on
I still have a bit of ground to finish clearing, most has now been done will finish it tomorrow
The dovecot is up just waiting for some occupants.
Here is Martin and Sol having a rough and tumble session
this happens every Friday when Martin gets home.
He brought Sol a present this time
Sol has his own paddling pool, he loves to lay in water and cool off, his favourite puddles have dried up, now he has his own big puddle.
Next week end we are taking a day off and having a day out,
We are too busy for holidays or week ends away and we are more than happy to spend our time here.
We are off to Royal Welsh Spring Festival at Builth Wells its a great day out a celebration of smallholding and rural life, don't know what day we are going yet, I have booked tickets online saving £2 off each ticket, we have been several times before there is lots to see and something for everyone.