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1st: It appears that a day old Gordon Setter puppy really can fit in the palm of your hand!!! (see more). We dragged ourselves away from the puppies today (for a bit anyway...) and spent a bit more time with the other animals. We had a very positive training session with Luna and are beginning to feel she is starting to trust us!,
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2nd: Somewhat nervously we gave the rhea full access to the poultry area today and they loved it. They zoomed, they ran, they snatched food from the long grasses and at the end of the day, they headed back into their run and snuggled down before bedtime! Just beautiful.
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3rd: More puppy cuteness and a chick update: these two (and their seven clutch mates) are now just over two weeks old and some beautiful colours are coming through. We have no idea of their breeds (they are crosses) but they may well turn out to be coloured egg layers (that was the plan anyway!). In not such good news though, we lost another chicken today to a suspected fox - this is the third in as many weeks. Our plan is to brush cut some of the overgrown length of the poultry plot and put up some netting, this may stop the birds heading into the hedgerow a bit and without cover, the fox may be more reluctant to head in...we shall see.
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4th: Free ranging is suiting the rhea, they have times when they stick together and others when they wander off in 2s and 3s. We herd them back into the run early evening, where bowls of lettuce await and then they get shephered back inside their broody area, safe and secure for the night!
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5th: Our sessions in the shed with Luna continue to go well and we feel she gets more and more relaxed as we touch her, stroke her and talk to her. In the field, she is still pretty nervous of us however - she has more opportunity to avoid us outside of course and so sorting this is the next stage: via a head collar and lead rope.
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6th: The cow hay trolley is now the goat hay trolley - hopefully though they won't empty it quite so fast! Mega proud of all the goats at the moment, we are having a run of 'good' poo and weights are all looking fab too (with the possible exception of Bruno who needs to put a bit more back on after a bout of suspected coccidiosis.) Barrington is growing well although he still needs to get a wee bit taller if he is going to reach all these nannies in the autumn!!! (LOL). Tarragon still has his limp and we have asked Clare and Dave to come back as we feel his recovery may have plateaued a bit!!
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7th: A stunning session yesterday with Mike and Ellie from Hitch In Farm and now we have Luna all kitted out with a headcollar and line. The line is left in place as something to take hold of (rather than the collar itself which will be a bit too intrusive) whilst we then attach the proper lead. Star has a collar too, minus the line as she is halter broken already and is happy to stand and have her lead attached. Each day we will 'work' with them both, touching, picking up feet, walking them round the fields. It is a pleasure (and an honour) to see the ponies starting to trust us more and more.
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8th: The latest rhea chicks are a handsome lot - we have now added another three to the trio that hatched at the end of last month, another two whites and a grey. These all hatched on their own and were all whoppers. There are ten days between these two groups but the size difference is not that great. The first batch took several days to get the hang of eating whilst the second set were much quicker off the mark! Tow of the whites have quite a bit of black marking on them and it will be interesting to see if it stays or not!!
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9th: Both White Toe and Beta male are back nesting. We took the decision at the start of the week to start leaving the eggs in the field, as both the grey males had started to nest again. At the last count we had seven eggs in each nest (this includes eight we had taken away last week but since put back). To date we have hatched 15 chicks and have a further 17 fertile ones in the incubator. Sales are proving slow but we are loving having the chicks and have no problem with this many on our land!!! Rescue rhea is proving a particular delight and being a real dad/mum to the younger ones!!!
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