Cayuga Ducklings First Swim

Our Cayuga ducklings are growing so fast! Today they are two weeks old and are as cute as ever. Last night we decided to give them their first swim in the bathtub. It was so much fun watching them race around in the water, although I was sure to be careful if they showed any signs of stress or chill.

This week I plan on getting the Duck House ready for them. They won’t be going out for another month or so, but I want it to be ready for them. Once we start getting some nicer weather – in the 80s – I’m going to let them outside to forage and enjoy some fresh air and sunshine.

They are a joy to behold!

We’re expecting our chicks around the beginning of June so I’m preparing for them as well. We’re also having our alpacas bred and as soon as they’ve taken, we’ll be bringing them to the farm. Our Great Pyrs should be arriving sometime in June as well.

This week our friend is coming from Canada to help with fencing. It’s going to be a lot of work and we’re sure grateful for the help!

Living Alpaca Loca,
Teresa

Shearing Day 2015

We had an awesome day at Dougherty Creek Farm shearing alpacas! My time was spent collecting the blankets and bagging them. The fleece was so soft and cozy I could have dived into the bin and taken a nap!

I must admit I felt a sense of pride as my girls walked up to the holding pen . . . they were so well behaved. When it was Olivia’s turn to be sheared you’d have thought it was the apocalypse. I was rather concerned as she screamed and went into a long draw . . . a warning signal to the others. Rather late in the game, they were all done!

Our first experience with shearing day was a good one. Our thanks to Kim and Linda at Dougherty Creek Farm and to Brent, our shearer, and James, his assistant and teeth cutter. Now, off to the co-op with the fleece!

Shearing Day

A short video of me collecting a blanket . . .

Living Alpaca Loca,
Teresa

Growing and growing and . . .

It’s hard to believe that our Cayuga ducklings are just over a week old. They’ve grown so fast! They moved from their condo of three 3X3 boxes taped together to a box that is 4X4 feet which gives them more room to run around. They are so cute and we’re looking forward to their first swim, their first outdoor adventure and their first foray into the Duck House. Stay tuned for many duck adventures to come!

duckies

Living Alpaca (and duckie) Loca,
Teresa