|Shearing the alpacas|
|Black Velvet, with sock to catch spit|
|Happy boys in their summer duds|
Meanwhile, Mama Hen is still determinedly sitting on those eggs. I am working on a containment plan for when they hatch-- some way to keep the chicks safe, yet allow Mama to be in contact with the other hens. We figure on using a cage we had made for the current hens when they were still young, but when we went to check it out, found a robin had built a nest on it! She had only laid one egg--while we discussed what to do, she laid another! And this was only in an hour or two. Finally we just had to move the nest, which we did to a wood pile only two feet away. The good news is, after being suspicious for a bit, she accepted the new location, even laying a third egg. The bad news is, both places are really poor in terms of safety for babes. We are not very confident she will be able to raise anyone to fledge. At least now I can work on my containment idea.
|The lovely eggs|
|Robin on her relocated nest|