In total we hatched out seven baby chicks between the two mommas. I wasn’t sure what the babies were going to look like, given that we had four varieties of chickens involved, but it looks as though we have two Ameraucanas, one gold-laced, three silver-laced and possibly one blue-laced Wyandotte types. It’s great to see that they take after the individual varieties so strongly even though they are mixed parentage.
This week also yielded more goat babies! This was Pi’s first pregnancy, and her birth was over almost before it even began. I got a quick call that she was in labor, and six minutes later a second call that we already had one baby. By the time I made it home from work twenty minutes later, everything was over and we had two cute little bucklings.
We do not need these boys for breeding stock, so they will be wethered (neutered) and sold as pets/brushers. They’re super cute with elfin ears. Being second (?) generation mini-manchas, they’ll stay a manageable size, about 70 lbs when full grown. I prefer the minis because I can handle them, even with my torn sacrum ligament, and they don’t overwhelm my nieces and nephews. We'll try again next year for some doelings out of Pi.
Last week kicked off the Tour de Fleece/Tour de France. I’m part of Team Spinning Spinderellas. Organized by Steph, our goal is simply to spin everyday the riders are riding. Most days I’m spinning in the evening while the family watches tv. I started with this delicious batt from Rowen.
Yesterday was the monthly spinning Saturday hosted by our fiber guild, and several of the team members joined in the air conditioned meeting room to share what they’ve done so far and get in a solid three hours of spinning. Alas, I forgot my camera, but Birdsong posted a pic of the pile of finished yarns on the floor. I started spinning a roving by Steph, "Gonna Nail That Catfish to a Tree."
More spinning today at Tin Thimble’s spinning Sunday!
Of course, between the heat and the spinning, some things like gardening have fallen to the wayside, at least for the moment.