|Sunrise at -18C! Beautiful|
|Soaking up the sun in the greenhouse|
Two of the newest chickens took up residence in the ladies alpaca house, as I have mentioned before, but unfortunately they seem to have also taken to roosting on the feeders inside the house and for anyone who hasn't had chickens, they poo a lot at night and in this case it was into the hay. Not good! The chickens have actually been doing well up until recently, as they make good cleaners. Any food that the girls don't get, the chickens finish off. Not much use though if they then go and deposit their waste all over the girls food. Ian has put a cap on the hay feeders to try and stop this, but if it carries on, they will have to be removed all together.
|Soaking up the sun outside the chicken house|
|Soaking up the sun in the paddock|
The vet came again this week and gave the alpacas there monthly vitamin injections. She wouldn't have done that, but she was also checking for a skin problem on one of our male alpacas. I am sure the next lot of vitamins will have to be given by me, otherwise I have to learn how to handle the alpacas better. The skin problem must be mites as the none of the boys had a problem until long after the ladies arrived. Maybe the mites arrived because of the stress of moving, we don't know. We need to do something about it, but we can't at the moment, as putting oil on their skin in these temperatures would only make matters worse, even if it did smother the mites. We did suspect the chickens might have introduced the mites, but we have checked them over and they seem okay.
|Even the sheep are enjoying the sun, after so much dreach|
|More hay please!|
|See! Very tasty!|
|Snowdrop doesn't get a look in very often. Usually off|
doing her own thing, but she is getting a little more
interactive these days
|Ripe for a caption competition this one. This is Tellus and|
he is often photographed.
|Looking good even in these |