Tuesday 21 September 2010

Frivolous photo's

Bramley is 4 weeks old today, 15kg, and as you can see, full of beans.
She is quite inquisitive, and enjoys nibbling a bit of denim, so I tried a bit of 'under-arm' photography!
After the little burst of grass growth in August, we've not had much rain for several weeks, the grass growth has ground to a halt, so tonight I let them into a paddock I had been resting.
Bramley tested this out as a racetrack, and found she could hit top speed even though it is quite small.

Sunday 5 September 2010

8-legged cria?

Here's a few pics to show Bramleys first two weeks...
She's been gaining weight steadily, around 300g a day, mind you, weighing is a proper wrestling match!
Last year, the balance we'd bought was faulty, so I held the cria and stood on bathroom scales - quite straight-forward! However, this year we've got a new digital balance and sling, but getting her in and out of the sling is like wrestling an octopus!
This weekend, I've tidied the paddocks of all Nettles and Docks, topped the latrines, and taken faecal samples from each girl for parasite testing by Mrs. Smallholder - two weeks ago, I re-seeded some bare patches, including half the rolling pit which was getting bigger and bigger as rain washed the soil down the slope, and this weekend the new grass has appeared in spite of the chickens best efforts to eat the seed (I had to fence off with hurdles, and then found the chickens squeezing underneath, and so had to lay some hurdles flat over the seeded area to keep them off!)