Such an exciting day - it has been wonderful - my first cria of the year! Last night we went out to check the girls as it got dark and Crispie looked really uncomfortable but not as if it would be in the night. I thought it might be today so got a flask and the knitting ready. When I let the chickens out she was grumbling but still with all the others and lying normally but, after a quick return to get the dog, I settled in the Mule and prepared for a bit of a wait. Apart from the grumbling she showed no real signs until about five minutes before when she got up and strained a bit and then had a mammoth roll. Baby was born, quickly and easily, at 10 past 11. Within 10 minutes it was up and luckily I caught her (it's a girl) straight away to spray the navel as she then zoomed round the field with Crispie moaning along behind her. Afterbirth was soon out - only problem was baby took ages to suckle - she tried everywhere but the right place and I couldn't catch her to give a hand. Finally, she managed, by going under Crispie's tail between her back legs! I am so pleased with her, Carl and Sam haven't seen her yet as they are shearing at Irene's. I hoped and hoped it would be a girl and a solid white - that is all I wanted. Crispie is a Suri but not a wonderful one so we mated her to Dude as a little experiment - and I really am very pleased. She is so bright - better put a photo in at this point!
Oh! And a name! The Wise Woman has suggested I name her after a potato - - which is a possibility! - but I am tentatively calling her The Slink (slinky for short) as she is so silky feeling. Mind you, Carl hasn't had his say yet! Oh, I love it - who will be next?!!
A better penning solution! - After a long "family illness" and a subsequent reduction of our herd, I am back to report a more recent enhancement to Easter-Wood. One of the problems we ...
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