Today was our very first dozen-egg day! What a beautiful picture they make! I never tire of egg collection, and today's assortment was a delight indeed. Such a variety of colours and shapes and sizes. I am particularly fond of speckled eggs. One of these has a light dusting of speckles on the large end.
So where do the "plus five" come from then? Was it really a 17 egg day? No...
The plus five are five beautiful Muscovy hens that we got today! Two are black and white, while the other three are chocolate and white. (There's a hen who insisted on getting in the picture, over to the left).
Unfortunately, we thought they would stick around with our other ducks. One of them did not. As we began to herd the ducks in to the barn this evening, one flew away. She flew behind the barn and, we think, across the road. We are very hopeful that she will return. Perhaps she will hear the other ducks quacking? What do any experienced duck owners think? We didn't realize she could fly like that. We will clip the wing feathers on the others tomorrow, just to be sure. Look at the lovely green iridescence on these girls!
So.....what's the "plus one" then? Well, after a lot of discussion and research, we have decided to focus on having a fiber herd of goats. Originally, it was our intent to raise milk goats and make our own cheese and yogurt and such, for selling. Upon researching state legal requirements, we've learned that this is financially impossible at this time. Maybe in five years we will reconsider. Right now, we will make our own milk products for eating, and perhaps dabble in goat milk soaps and lotions.
In order to focus on that goal, we realized that we needed an angora buck. That way, we can focus on angora fleece and pygora fleece (has anyone tried Nubi-gora fleece?) and any extra milk can be for our own consumption. Therefore, today we welcomed Valentino! That really is his name (so perfect for Valentines Day weekend!), and he is 2 years old. Here he is meeting Springfield the donkey (who has his halter on because we were brushing him today). Also to the right is Pebbles the pygmy goat.
We learned about Val through somebody in our spinning guild who bought 4 ewes from the same farm. The man who owned Valentino is moving into town and divesting his goat herd. We think he is very handsome and has the most marvelous horns!
He's a bit grubby, but then most bucks are. We also love his long locks. He'll be shorn in March with the rest of the fiber crew.
So, just another day on the farm around here! Hope everybody had a great weekend!