Our little grey female cria is growing well and turning into a little thug, barging into the females trying to get someone to play with her, she desperately needed a play mate! Mica and Cassini didn't seem in any hurry to provide one with all this bad weather. Monday promised to be the best day of the week and I had a feeling Mica was going to produce her cria when I looked at her first thing. Even though it was a bank holiday it was dry and I needed to get some work done so I dashed off to the first job which was about 2 hours work, dashed back to check Mica...... Grazing. Off to second job another hour and a half, back for lunch
and check Mica...... definitely uncomfortable, I sat in the office to observe, our holiday cottage guests were watching from the balcony, poor Mica, no privacy. About an hour later she had given birth to a lovely mid fawn boy who was cushed within minutes, inspected by the herd and up on his feet very quickly. Hummingbird had been waiting nearly two weeks for this, was there in a flash, nudging him and dancing around so excited. He wasn't interested in finding the milk bar as plying with Hummingbird was far more interesting. So fearing that he would exhaust himself before feeding I put mum and babe in the pen, that did it, straight to the milk bar, no messing about with sucking front legs, belly, barn walls etc. Once he had had a good feed and a little rest I let them back out with the herd and Hummingbird. At three hours old he could give her a run for her money, chasing each other round and round the field. I think this one ( now named Olympus) is going to be a bit of a character, not surprising really as he has both of our '96' imports in his family both of which are great characters and have a lot of attitude, just hope he has the fineness from Carla's side and the denseness of Demeter, he is a lovely shape and his fleece is very bright and crimpy, but who can tell at this stage.
Today it has been foul, gale force winds, heavy rain all day, everyone is in and still shivering. Cassini is looking really uncomfortable so I don't think she will be long now then we have a break until the end of July before the next batch are due.