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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Basque Chicks

For the last hatch of the year we have 15 beautiful little fluffy Euskal Oiloa chicks.  This variety of chicken is one that we have really taken a fancy to in the last two years.  Their disposition as farmyard pets, usefulness as layers and meat birds is keeping us as one of the main supporters and promoters of the breed. 

From the first little egg,
graduating to a beautiful, large fertilized egg.............................................

then a new flock of Basque chicks!

Hivernal X Pansy Litter are almost 5 months old

Although they don't live with me I get the pleasure of enjoying their pictures and hearing about their antics on the Redford family cattle farm in Quebec.  The pups will be almost 5 months old and it looks like their mother, Pansy, is teaching them all the fun and mischieveous activities they can get into at the farm.  Perched on top of this hay bale in the dusk I'm sure their minds are full of all the things they have learned that day, and tomorrow will bring more lessons, no doubt.

The black puppy in the centre is still available for a loving family and companion home.  Email us or go to our website for more information about this puppy.

Much to everyone's surprise it seems there may be one or two smooth-faced pups in the litter.   This breed never ceases to surprise me.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Our summer has been a busy one with our attentions mainly on getting Amblecroft farm ready for winter with new housings built for the sheep and the chickens.  Our lambs have given us great joy throughout the summer and challenged our fence building talents.  From big to little the flock of baby chicks have grown into handsome cockrels and pullets.  We've kept the best of both lambs and chickens and are now awaiting the arrival of another batch of chicks from the incubator.  New lambs are also expected in the new year.

The dogs have had a quiet summer while our focus has been on the other animals.  I hope to get to some dog shows this Fall and bring out our youngster Chaparral's French Tryst.  Unfortunately we had bred Pooka2 but no puppies resulted and so we were all very disappointed.  Pooka2 and Tryst have been improving their skills working with the growing flock of sheep, especially the stubborn ram lambs. 

Our Pyr Shep female Crochet and PBGV female, Spot, will be bred this Fall and so we do hope to have beautiful little puppies running about by the end of the year. 
We are sending our congratulations, once again, to Terrie in Ohio who owns one of our Pyr Sheps, Champion Chaparral's Winocq, aka "Winnie".  Winnie has recently been awarded her 3rd Best in Show with the United Kennel Club.  She is expertly handled by a junior handler and we couldn't be more pleased for them all.