Meet Eudora -
She's the newest addition to the flock. Another orphan ewe which our farmer friend gave me to start my flock. Six of us were sat around his kitchen table til midnight last night talking about worming programs, rotational grazing, and country life in general. And we just happened to bring along a lovely single friend of ours to meet him. They have sheep in common, which is a promising start to any relationship. She even helped me give the lambs their bottles before she went home. That's a good friend.
Eudora, Pearl, and Ivy (with a milk mustache)
Eudora settled right in. I think she was glad of the company. They're living in the back kennel - dubbed the 'lamb-a-rama' - until the weather warms up and dries out.
It's not quite spring but already the babies are arriving. Mike had a phone call from Lady S this morning. She found 3 duck eggs from her pair of runner ducks and asked if we would hatch them for her. Duck eggs are tricky as they require higher humidity to hatch than chicken eggs. But I'll fire up our small incubator tonight and get it up to temperature, and give the duck eggs a go for her.
The new shooting year started yesterday. We are catching up pheasant hens to lay the eggs that will grow into poults and be put to wood for this coming season. At dusk I can see the lights from Land Rovers and ATVs on the top of hill, all belonging to gamekeepers checking their traps on dark. No bird gets left inside overnight where they would be vulnerable to a fox.
And we're waiting for Dulcie to come into season. There's enough of us on the shoot who would like a young pup to bring on. She's going to be paired up with another working dog on the shoot and we're hoping for a litter of Dulcie pups by early summer. The lambs will have grown up and moved out onto grass, and I can prepare the kennel for Dulcie and her pups. Once the pups are whelped and weaned, there will probably be just enough time to run some more meat chicks through there.
It's amazing what you can do with a small kennel, a wire run, and a heat lamp.