We have been all over the Map around here just trying to not get pulled in all directions it seems. Vance has been building and fixing some things around here, We even had Inspector#5 come out and give her poop of approval! The sides are wired closed now and we keep their Hay in there.
Also we have had a HUGE expansion on our Fowl population. We received an order of Baby Chicks from Cackle Hatchery a few weeks back. About 13 (out of 100) didn't make it, but Cackle credited us the amount. We also received a dozen Ducks as well. Anyone need eggs?
Ideally we would love to have all been sheared around here by now but the Weather did not give us a break until recently. We tried first with Baby Ruth but it did not go as well as we had hoped. There were not enough blades and we had to get the hand shears out. What we thought would take us an hour for our First ever Shearing took three!! I felt very bad for my Husband and Baby Ruth that the next day I started calling around to see if we could find a Shearer. I knew they would be hard to find but I eventually lucked out and a wonderful Woman from the Spinning Guild I am a member of gave us a contact name. I am waiting to here from her if the Man can do it...here's hoping! Ya'll keep your fingers crossed for us.
These are the Electric Shears...
These are the Hand Shears...
And this was our Victim...She is the furthest one away (for her protection).
Next month is the First Coldwater Alpaca Ranch Fiber Festival so I have been Spinning up a storm. I am not 100% sure if I will have anything for the Festival but I was told that I better have something...no pressure eh? I think I will be more prepared for next year than right now. This will be our first real Fiber Yield from our Animals since we started here. My major Goal is to have Fiber ready for a Festival in Murfreesboro, TN this October. That should start the ball Rolling into 2010 to Baton Rouge, LA and then back to where we are this time of the year...all in time.