Zaro’s unplanned pregnancy Quads Born Oct 11, 2013

Zaro was bred to my buck, or so I thought. Her due date would be in a month. She kidded yesterday with quads.

Kid 1. Doeling with blue eyes. $75

2 doelings and 2 bucklings. all very large and same sized. up and feeding. All my stock is registered however not knowing the daddy for certain, I cannot register the babies.

 

 

Kid 2. Buckling with brown eyes. $50

 

I will be selling them as unregistered stock in a few days as bottle babies if anyone is interested. $75 for the doelings and $50 for the bucklings.

 

 

 

 

 

Kid 3. Buckling with blue eyes. $50

 

Zaro was a FF that was doing 4 lbs a day milk. This is her second freshening and she is one of my easiest hand milkers, expresses easily and did allow a couple of bucklings to wet nurse some.

 

 

Kid 4. Doeling with brown eyes and frosted rings at base of ears. $75

 

Interested??

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Alba Ranch’s Precious

Precious

I just wanted to introduce you to Precious.
No reason.
Just thought you might like to see her. 
Have you ever seen such a set of ears on a baby Nigerian Dwarf Dairy goat?

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For Sale Page Updates

I have updated the For Sale Page. We are offering 2 Nigerian Dwarf Dairy goat bucklings both from different milk lines and from First Freshened dams. I am impressed with both Dams. Both had very large bags, high and tight. Both trained to the milk stand easily and were milked both by hand and by machine.  Pedigrees for both dam and sire are listed in the animal section of this site.

Also I am offering 2 of my registered Female llamas for sale. Both are of breeding age. The older one has already given birth to one female cria. Both were selected for outstanding fiber, great breeding lines and temperament.  They are currently not bred.

I am selling some of my animals as I have not been well this last 6 weeks and due to 2 separate falls down stairs need to reduce my herd. It is possible that I may have to sell most of my animals but I am starting with these. If you do see one that is not listed for sale that you really are interested in, feel free to ask. I can not more than say no. :-) email alba@albaranch.net for more information or comment on this thread. Or visit Alba Ranch’s Face Book Page and communicate with me there.

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Michigan Update

Update on our move to Michigan.  We have been overwhelmed with getting things done, unpacking, getting the property secure for the goats and llamas.  Several of our plans have changed such as our building project will have to be postponed until next year as that entire budget will now be shot on taking down trees.  We have numerous old poplar, white birch and scotch pine that are dying, dropping and falling and need to be cleared to ensure the safety of the buildings.

Gazebo

I had a tree fall on the lean to a few weeks ago.  Thankfully it did not crush the lean to as that is where the VW bus is housed and Charlie would have been crushed had his bus been crushed.

To date we have had about 30 trees taken down.  The house is secure for now and the trees that were tangled in our power lines are now down as well.  Since we won’t be doing our building projects until next year, we didn’t really have a location to unpack our last semi to.  We ended up buying a 53 ft long white semi trailer to park in the drive and unpack our things to.  Wow is that looking very redneck.  I did not want to do this and told Charlie is it only temporary as it is NOT staying and had an expiration date.  It was the most economical way to store the last load as the storage fees that we were paying would have been half the building fund for next year.  It is logical.  I know that.  I do NOT have to like it.

The trees around the semi that were dangerous are already down as well. More trees will be coming down in another month or so.

Raised bed with blueberries

Charlie has the front gates up and has started on the fencing.  He is starting on the hay barn tomorrow as we need a place for storing hay that is more than just 40 bales.

We have also done a fair amount of gardening and planted about 20 trees, 25+ bushes and various other loads of plants.  Our garden is coming along and we are slowly fixing many small things that need doing.

I have finally unpacked the fiber store mostly and am getting ready to so some spinning and some dyeing in the next week or so.  Stay tuned for photos of fiber fun.

Pretty Flowers

In the mean time, you can enjoy some of the photos that I took out in the garden and gazebo area today.  Isn’t it looking marvelous?

 

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Alba Ranch Moved to Michigan

Alba Ranch has moved to Michigan.  This has been a very long and tiring journey over the last 4 months.  We are in Michigan and unpacking.  We will most likely be unpacking for the next 6 months or more!!!

I, Melisa, am just back online tonight for the first time and the connection is slower than my usual as I am tethered to my cell phone.  Soon I will have my proper internet installed but first I was hoping for my hot water heater and maybe my washing machine.  I have been boiling water in the kettle for hot water and going to the local laundry mat.  However that will not be happening again as someone stole my laundry from the dryer tonight.  I now have lost my blankets!!  I think all the other blankets are in the semi that we plan on unpacking in July.  sigh…. so you have to bear with me as I try to get all these things done and not forget my name or my new address in the mean time.

Lovely view of our stream in January when we first saw our place

We have springs, a stream and pond.  20 Acres of woods…sugar maples, beech, birch and bramble berry everywhere.  Grass for the critters, studio for both of us artists, garages, barns, and a wee little house that I just love.  Now I have to figure out how to condense enough stuff for a small country into a 1250 sq foot house.  But it is MILES bigger than our 12×18 cabin.  Wahoo! more to come later.

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