Thursday, December 19, 2013

So...We Have These Pregnant Animals.....

My days and nights have been busy watching over 5 pregnant goats and 2 pregnant alpacas.
First, the alpacas.
Ana gave birth about a week ago, but unfortunately her little cria (baby alpaca) died after only a few minutes. We have no idea what wrong.
Yesterday, I checked on Alice and all was well, everything calm.
A scant fifteen minutes later, my son went out to change the ducks water and SURPRISE!, Alice had a wee one! We quickly transferred her to our *nursery* pen with the wee one. My son had to carry the little one and we determined it is a male!
Say hello to ANGUS!

Is he not the cutest thing on four legs? I love his coloring. I know, solid white fleece brings the best price, but I think he looks so adorable!
Mama Alice and baby Angus doing well so far!
Remember our hand raised duck, Daffy?
We assumed Daffy was a boy. Well, a couple of weeks ago she presented us with an egg...then another, then another!
That's MISS Daffy, thankyouverymuch!
She has a private pen and a private wading pool, so obviously, her eggs are not fertile. We have tried to put a drake in there with her, but she chases them out. However, when my son goes out to her pen, she makes lovey-dovey eyes at him and preens herself and then tries to cuddle up to him.
Imprint much?
Don't know how we are going to solve this little problem!
The Darlin' Man's son got his Drivers License....YAY! That means that I no longer have to do the bulk of the driving around here. What a relief!
Speaking of the Darlin' Man...he kept sending out those job applications, day after day, just hoping to get an interview for his *dream job* working for the railroad.
FINALLY, CSX called! But the interview was in Indiana! So, for his Christmas present, we agreed he would go to the interview. He went by bus and had to get a motel room (financial bite we were NOT expecting right now!) The interview went well.....very well! As soon as he passes the medical exam, he is hired! They offered him a job contract that he readily accepted. After the medical exam he will be given a date to report for training at their school in Atlanta. We are soooo happy! Yes, it means he will have to work away from home for a bit, but the pay/insurance/other benefits are so good we couldn't pass it up.
Onto our move and all that. We plan to buy the house through an LLC  that we are currently forming. As soon as the LLC is registered and we have locked in everything, we will be buying the house in New Hampshire and moving. So....YAY!!!!!!! We have all the paperwork started, so it is a matter of waiting now.
The goats are stubbornly refusing to kid. I think Champagne will be first, followed closely by Nola, then Lilac and Gabby and lastly, Nikki.
Going to be a wild and wacky Holiday season here, considering all the does will kid within a 2 week period (I think).
Hope you and yours are having a fun Yuletide season!


  1. Wow....what a cute baby. I love to spin natural colored fleece. Quite a change from Texas to NH. I wish you well and will follow your blog. Congrats on your son and his success with the job hunt,

    1. The Darlin' Man isn't my son, he's my spouse! Just so you know the cast of characters here, lol!

  2. Congrats on the new job!!! Hope things start falling into place now and you get to your new homestead soon :)

  3. Lamb,

    Sorry to hear about the first baby alpaca. It sure looks like Angus is a healthy one :-)

    Your other babies will come in due time.

    Congrats to your man on getting a job with the railroad. I know he's been looking hard for a new job after retirement.

  4. That is the cutest dang thing I've seen in forever!!! Now I want one! lol Congrats on the new job, the new homestead, the new alpaca, the new goats and Miss Daffy. What an awesome bunch of good news.

    1. What's even cuter...Mama Alice hums to her little Angus when she nurses him and nuzzles him. So sweet!

  5. Sounds like a good holiday season all around for you guys, congrats!


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