Winter Preparation on the Farm

The calendar may still say fall, but winter weather has come to our farm! We take several precautions to make sure our animals are as safe and comfortable as they can be in these cold snaps. We've switched out all the water buckets for heated ones, hung tarps along the gates and fences to keep out the wind, and put down a good layer of hay for the alpacas to kush down into at night (if they don't decide to eat it all first!)

When the temperature goes way below freezing, Micah also gets to wear his dapper winter coat at night. His fiber length isn't quite as long as the other alpacas and being a bit older the colder weather seems to bother him a bit more.

We should be getting warmer weather later in the week, but we know we're in for a couple of cold winter months ahead!

Spooky season is upon us!

Summer is coming to an end (yay!) and we've been busy creating new spooky ornaments to celebrate one of our favorite times of the year! From our alpacas' fiber we've made some cute/creepy bats, spiders, and pumpkins, and Mister Bilbo has contributed some fiber of his own to make Booooo Bunnies!

We have them all available on our etsy store as well as the shows and markets we will be vending at this fall.

The Chicken Coop is Finally Complete!

Well, mostly complete (nothing on this farm ever 100% complete.) After months of planning and carting chickens to and from their enclosure in the garage and their outside runs, our feathered friends have finally moved into their permanent home. 

At first we thought they would live up at the alpaca barn, but because of the slope of the hill that the barn sits on and concerns about cold winter weather, we decided that they would be better suited at the old hay barn.

Their coop sits inside the barn and their run is a new structure we built onto the barn. They should be toasty warm this winter with all the alpaca hay in the loft above them!

New Handspun Gem - "Schist"

Last weekend during our studio tour at our farm, Jennifer was demonstrating how we prepare our fiber for spinning. We use a Brother drum carder to batt up our fiber. This process further helps rid vegetative debris (our boys do love to roll around in their hay) and aligns the fiber for smoother spinning.

This time, she decided to blend Speed Bump and J-dub, our vet's light fawn alpaca. J-dub is very similar in color and softness to Rio, and together he and Speed made a beautiful set of batts.

We name all our yarn after rocks and minerals, in homage to Adrienne's geology degree. We decided this one reminds us of the metamorphic rock, schist, with its dynamic striations of color. There was a bit of a battle between Adrienne and Jennifer on who would get to spin this one (Jennifer won, but Adrienne will spin a combination of Speed Bump and Micah next!)

This skein and others like it are available on our etsy store!

Our new fine feathered friends!

Back in April, our farm population doubled in size with the addition of thirteen baby chicks! In keeping with our farm's aesthetic, we chose breeds of chickens that are extra fluffy and feather-footed. We have seven mottled cochins, two black silkies, two mille fleur bearded d'uccles, one buff brahma bantam, and one porcelain Belgian bearded d'uccle. They were straight run, mail-ordered chicks, so we had no idea what ratio of males to female we would receive. Now at seven weeks, we have a pretty good idea: 5 roosters and 8 hens.

We've had a great time watching them grow and coming up with names for each one.
The roosters are:           Bertie Rooster         Gareth Blackbeak Emerson Kylo Hen Augustus
The hens are: Rosebud Henrietta Aunt Agatha Evelyn (Evie) Ginger Leia Sage and last but not least Smidge, who is a tiny chicken clone of our goofball alpaca, Smudge!

They started out living upstairs, taking up half of Mister Bilbo's space (he was NOT amused) and as the w…

Shearing Day! Before and After

Last Wednesday, our alpacas had their "favorite" day of the year: shearing day. Alpacas are only sheared once a year in the spring, and while it can be a little stressful, for their health it is a necessity. Especially since it got up to 87 degrees the day after shearing: we know they wouldn't want to be wearing their heavy winter coats for that!

Our boys each had about 4 inches of fleece on them. It's amazing how much they change when it all comes off! Even the alpacas can't recognize each other at first.

We've Updated our Upcoming Events Page!

Pendle Alpacas will be at several events in North Carolina and Virginia in the coming months. Check out our events page for more details on locations and times.

We hope to see you at one of these events!