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Sunday, 1 September 2013

Babies.

The last two weeks have produced numerous new babies, some planned, some not.
 
Sally and her babies continue to do well.
 
Two calves arrived this week one little girl named Jade and a little boy called Marty.
 
Two hens produced two little unexpected broods, always a lovely surprise when mother proudly emerges from a hidden nest with her babies. The incubator produced a handful of chicks, not as successful as we had hoped, the hens make a much better job of it.
 
Whatever the baby they're always lovely, we still get excited on their arrival.
 
Sadly not all of them make it as we were rudely reminded this week with Piggy Little. We had never reared a piglet by hand. We thought she was going to be alright when she reached a week old and appeared to be doing really well, but it wasn't to be.
 
We're very fortunate to witness so many births and it is rewarding, but it also comes with responsibility and can be stressful knowing when to intervene and when not to. 
 
       Sleeping beauties.                                                   Jade and Mum.
       Marty and Mum, just a few hours old.                        The last 6 to hatch, 2 days old.
 
 
   

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