In other farm news, we continue the “rent-a-hen” business. Here are hens selected for the next job. Three (a Rhode Island Red, a Welsummer, and a Dominique) were the chosen ones to move to the city for the summer to eat in the garden and make eggs. It is like a vacation for them as they do not have to deal with roosters.
Our peahen hatched a chick, but we think it is a chicken chick rather than a pea chick. The hen then abandoned the eggs, and we found some chicken eggs in her nest. So no peachicks this year, but the chick is cute.
The pack training is not going too well. I bought duffle bags that would be better sized for the goats than the llama panniers. I put wool inside and packed them with weight for the first time. Lil spent the whole time rubbing the bags hard against any object she could find to get the packs off which she finally succeeded in doing. Our beagle decided to join the fun and managed to escape 4 separate times, interrupting the session. And Zeus did well until he decided to rear up and butt Billy. This threw the bags off him into the mud. So I got to carry the muddy bags back myself. I am just about to give up on pack goats.
I did hike our pack llama Walker around the place with the weighted duffle bags, and he did well. So the next trip (today?) I will try to pack Zeus and Walker at the same time. We shall see how that combination works. And tie up the beagle. We did find fresh coyote scat out back on the packing training session so it is probably good that I am bringing the llama on walks out behind our pastures and spreading his smell.