Saturday, 15 July 2017

Black And White Arrivals

Its been a busy time with new arrivals on the ranch,
First the white arrivals
 I had no intentions of getting more doves after ours had been taken time and time again, all we have left is 3 one original adult and 2 youngsters that have thrived and fledged, I saw an add on face book the other day some-one looking to re-home some, there was the usual responses from those who had no idea with comments like could I have some for my children we have a rabbit hutch to keep them it, then some-one else who wanted to keep them in a bird cage in the house, it made me shudder to think these beautiful birds would end up caged and never fly free, so I put in a request and got them, we picked them up this morning and tonight they will go into the dovecot with our three, it will be netted over for a few weeks then they will get a chance to fly free, in with them is a baby only just getting its feathers. 
Now on to the black additions, it was always agreed with Martin that we not get our own breeding flock of sheep until he is here most of the time, he is here now and hasn't wasted any time in finding a start up flock of Hebridean Sheep.
 Every since we started talking about moving to a smallholding it was Hebridean sheep he was wanting, late last night he arrived home with them.
 we left them in the trailer overnight as it was too dark to unload them
 this morning they were moved into there new home, Hebridean sheep are only small, the ram is the one on the right and he is about full grown about the size of Labrador dog, they either have 4 horns or two and only produce one lamb, we can let a ram run with them as the ewes wont come into season until November which is typical of the breed.
 The Alpacas were very curious about these black bundles arriving in the field and didnt know what to make of them.
Straight away the Alpacas started alarm calling here is a short video of the alarm calling going on this morning.
they will continue for the rest of today and soon settle down once they realise the sheep are not a threat. 
So that the black and white new additions we have.

18 comments:

  1. Their calls woke up our cats, nice to see your livestock growing. Thank goodness the doves are with you where they can be free.

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    1. There call makes everyone here stop and and look, its a strange noise from a large animal.

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  2. At least the doves will have some freedom at yours and I hope the buzzard doesn't return for them.

    Your Hebridean sheep look great - did Martin have to go far afield for them? I was amused by the Alpacas' alarm calls!

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    1. The sheep were collected from Leicestrshire on the way back from a diving trip.

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  3. I love the look of the sheep. Who needs neighbourhood watch with the alpacas. Tx

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    1. The sheep are cute looking as sheep go with very dainty legs.

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    1. The wool is lovely and soft, I expected it to be wirey first time I saw them at a show, coming from such a harsh environment.

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  5. Hope you have better luck with the doves this time - they certainly are lovely. I adore the sheep - lovely to see something a bit different.

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    1. I hope the doves have a good spell of freedom with us.

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  6. How exciting to have new arrivals! I hope they all settle in well and enjoy life with you and you with them!

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  7. Oh lovely new arrivals. Well done you for saving the doves. The Hebridean sheep look fab and Martin looks pleased as punch!

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    1. Martin is very pleased with his little flock

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  8. I loved watching that, the alpacas looked like nosey neighbours checking out who was moving in. The Hebridean Sheep are beautiful, I haven't seen them before xx

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    1. Alpacas are always very inquisitive of anything going on, they are first in line to check out whats happening.

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  9. Well done on the doves, another good turn x

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    1. I couldnt bear the thought of them being kept in a cage never able to fly

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