Where has all the time gone? It is rapidly changing from summer into fall here on the farm. Little Rebel is growing into a handsome teenage alpaca, we have added to our security team, the flock has grown and changed and the leaves are changing while nights get cooler and the days get shorter.
We just celebrated National Alpaca Farm Days and had a record turnout for our farm. One of our local television affiliates stopped by to visit with us and film the herd. Check out the clip HERE
We have also increased our security team by two. We are happy to welcome Colby and Casey , a pair of Great Pyrenees females, to Sneaky Dog Protection Service! Mason is enjoying having help with the job of protecting all things great and small, and the girls are doing a wonderful job.
Casey is one of the newest members of our security force. She is a gentle soul, who can often be found with the youngest members of the herd, or hanging back at the back of the fields keeping a watchful eye on her charges. She is protective of all the critters here on the farm, but loves nothing better than a nap in the sun when her watch is up.
Colby came to us at the same time as her sister, Casey. Colby likes to guard ther perimeter , so you’ll find her patrolling the fences and gates. She’s gentle with her charges, but aloof to anything new. She’s the first to sound the alarm and meet the threat head on. She takes her job seriously, but is always up for a snuggle with the cria, a quick wrestling match with her sister, or a hug from her favorite people.
Rebel is growing up and becoming even more handsome. He is the spitting image of his sire, Charlemagne, with the personality of his dam, Jillian. It is such a treat to watch the little ones grow into their place in the herd. Rebel has decided he is just a mini llama and chooses to spend most of his time with his favorite auntie, Madison, and his second momma, Maggie. He has picked up their steady and easy going manner, along with the unflappable nature of the llamas. Nothing bothers them, so nothing bothers him.
Rebel with Llama Momma Maggie and his Auntie Madison
The flock has increased its numbers as well! This summer we added several chicks to the current flock. We added some beautiful olive eggers (hopefully) hatched from our own flock, along with a handful of D’uccle chicks from a dear friend’s flock. The chicks are in a grow out pen right now and learning about free ranging from the hens, all under the protective watch of Mason.
In additon to the chicks, we’ve added guinea fowl to our growing list of critters that call the farm home. The guineas are a souce of constant amusement to us, and intrigue the alpacas and llamas. They spend the day patrolling the property and eating as many bugs as they can hold. Each day they become a bit more confident in their new enviroment and wander just a bit farther in the fields.
D’uccle (foreground) and Olive egger (background) chicks
The guineas perched between the female and teenage male alpaca fields
We have also been super busy with new alpaca products! We’ve added scarves, bucket hats, leggings and so much more! We are trying to load everything on to our online shop, but the fairs and festivals have slowed us down a bit! If you want a certain item that you see posted either on our social media or here on the webpage, send us a message and we will either get it to you or we can let you know what we have in stock that you may like! Here’s just a sample of some of the goodies we have in our farm store:
As always, thank you for sharing our journey with us and allowing us into your lives. We truly appreciate your patronage and support.
It has been so long since we’ve posted anything to the webpage! Our social media followers know we post regularly to Facebook and Instagram, but we have neglected our web followers. It was purely unintentional, and we promise to do better in the future!