Thursday, 9 September 2010

Headless Chicken

Sadly one of the chickens which we have had since a chick was a bit too confident round the dog dinner bowls yesterday morning.  I had shooed them away several times but when my back was turned one of them tried to peck from Jake's bowl.   He used dog language to tell her to go away, but unfortunately caught her head with his snap.    She ran off but when I caught her a few minutes later it was obvious that she had lost an eye.   We left her for a while in case by some miracle she could recover and manage with just one eye but she went down hill very quickly - huge shock I expect - and Mike had to put her out of her misery.   He was very upset of course and it spoiled our day, really.

Luckily there have been no further misadventures since so we are hoping that the "rule of three" does not apply in this case.

This year's cria seem to be doing very well indeed.   We have only weaned four so far but they are very robust and I will start to halter train them within the next few days.

Unfortunately we have had a few fertility problems again this year which means that we will not be able to sell too many alpacas, although given the forecast shortage of food and cold winter we might be glad to have a few less mouths to feed.  

Colin is coming to shear the goats this afternoon so that should be noisy!!

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