Friday, May 17, 2013

So Much SPRING....Cuteness Overload Time!

Spring is alive and well here in the barn and on the ranch! The feed switch from PenPals to Manna Pro made a ginormous difference. We now have a barn full of babies - 7 litters with 46 babies. Absolutely amazing.

We have so many colors, it's very exciting! Lilacs (selfs, lynx, brokens, solids, charlies, etc), Chocolates (selfs, agoutis, chinchillas, solids, charlies, brokens), a few blues and a few blacks.  14 lilac based babies, 21 chocolate based babies, 7 blacks and 3 blues.


Malia has a litter of 12 (born on 5/10):

Natalie has a litter of 4 born on 5/11:

Goldie has a litter of 4 born on 5/5:

Mercedes has a litter of 6 born on 4/29:

Keerah has a litter of 6 born on 5/8:

Tampa has a litter of 8 born on 5/10:

Abrielle has a litter of 8 born on 5/11:

We have two more does due on the 20th, so I had to build some new nestboxes, since the other 7 are full. That fills all 9 of my baby cages. I'm thinking of getting 6 more baby cages, so that I can get my other 6 does bred and with litters, before the 9 other litters are weaned.

While I was at it, I decided to take step-by-step pictures of the nestbox building project, and put a How-To guide on my website, which you can find here.

Here's a few fun pictures from around the ranch. Everything is so green right now. Everyone is happy, healthy & bouncing around enjoying life.

This is Buddy, on mini-Aussie, who showed up here as a stray last year. He found a permanent home here :).

Ducks. We have Muscovey ducks everywhere on the ranch. They're all starting to hatch out clutches of eggs now, which makes for lots of spring fun.

Flowers and green are plentiful right now, so here are a couple fun close-up shots.

Can't forget about the little kittens in the barn. Miss "Little", one of the barn cats had a litter of 2 kittens 3 weeks ago. A calico girl and an orange boy. They are so cute and fun right now, even though they play in slow motion still!