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Anyone want llamas? [11 Sep 2009|09:11am]

Is anyone out in LJ land looking to purchase a well-trained, good-fiber llama? The woman from whom we purchased our llama sent us a note saying that she and her husband are closing the farm and getting out of the llama business. Our boy Hercules has been with us for almost a year. Despite my reservations and the teasing I gave my husband about his impulse buy, Herc has turned out to be a great addition to the farm. He's a good hiking/trekking buddy and has fabulous fleece. I'm happy to offer a recommendation or introduction to anyone who is interested.

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back again [06 Sep 2009|05:23am]

[ mood | artistic ]

I am back after a long absence where my computer crashed twice and my MIL was hospitalized for several months. MIL is now home and doing somewhat better, but we are spending a huge amount of time there, which is seriously impacting all my art/craft work.

My Bunny is doing well. He survived the nasty heat with not too much problem, although it was so hot he shed out his coat early and I had to pluck him. I really hate having to pluck when it is so hot the fiber sticks to my(sweaty) hands. I am really impressed at how little he matts also. Usually satins mat like crazy, but he is pretty good, considering he doesn't get brushed nearly as often as I should.

I haven't gotten to spin any of my harvested angora yet. I'm really looking forward to it. I also have some silk top and a really soft merino cross lamb fleece that I may experiment with adding to the angora. I wish I liked to knit as much as I like to spin. enjoy weaving, but don't have a place to set up my loom at the moment. I also shudder to think of how much angora I would need to actually weave anything of any size. Way more than one bunny worth! I think if I get some spun up I will either trade it to someone or put up on my Etsy shop to see if it will sell. OH Yeah, one of the good things that happened while everything else was going on was that I finally got my Etsy shop going--not much stuff yet but it's a start. I'm mudspinr there too if anyone wants to check me out.

Is anyone from Oregon? I'm hoping to get to the Flock and Fiber Festival the 26-27th. Thats where Bunny came from. This year I want to get some more felting needles and some long staple fleece to dye for art doll hair. I'm currently working on a set of goblin art dolls. (I'd really like another bunny, but really don't have either the space or time, and my current bunny is already kind of jealous.)

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Hey there fiber friends! [01 Jul 2009|07:10pm]

[ mood | curious ]

I currently have 3 angora rabbits: 2 French, one German. I've sheared (with scissors) my German's coat for the summer, and I'm wavering over what to do with my French. I usually pluck them, and prefer to do so. Their enclosure is quite cool and has 3 fans, so they aren't in danger from the heat. However, I'd like them to be more comfortable and am considering cutting their fur as well. I've never done this, except to my German.

The reason I'm writing is that I'm concerned about the undercoats! I'm not too worried about harvesting one coat with multi-lengths, but I'm worried that the next coat will grow in short. It seems to me that if I'm cutting the Frenches' fur, I will cut the long coat that would be ready to shed out sooner, and also the short undercoat that would grow into the next long coat. If I cut that coat, won't it start shedding out at a shorter length? I've tried researching this online, but I am at a loss.

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New to Angoras [03 Nov 2008|09:30pm]

[ mood | cheerful ]

I've been thinking about getting one or two angora rabbits for fiber and was wondering if anyone has advice for someone who's never owned ANY type of rabbit.  Good points, bad points, advice on hutches & grooming?  Glad to find this place and everyone here!

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introduction [05 Oct 2008|04:45am]

[ mood | fuzzy ]

I found this community searching for people interested in Angora rabbits. I just got a rabbit after being out of fiberarts for about 5 years while I concentrated on clay. I still love my clay (my icon is one of my sculptures), but the combination of short attention span and the feel of fiber, plus the much-more-transportable nature of fiber projects has hooked me again. My rabbit--as yet unnamed--is a copper satin buck, about 6 months old. I just got him last week. He is currently shorn, as his baby coat was really matted. The former owner sheared him right before I bought him--too bad, I would have left the baby coat another week, so that the new coat had a little more growth before the shear--he looks kind of like a ragamuffin bunny at the moment. The breeder said that she thinks shearing the baby coat makes subsequent coats grow thicker, but that kind of sounds like saying if you shave your legs the hair will grow thicker?? Anyway, he is a nice bunny, with pretty good conformation, although his butt is kind of boney. I don't plan to breed, so didn't get the pedigree. I have the breeder info, so can always ask in the future. He isn't too bad about being held, but right now he doesn't even have enough coat to brush :( I'm looking forward longingly to having some angora to actually spin--but that will be a couple months from now at best--sigh--I bought some silk top to mix with the angora too.

Now that I have introduced my rabbit maybe I should introduce me...I am a starving artist...read potter who isn't able to make a living at it yet, but doesn't have other income. I live in the pacific northwest, unfortunately in town, so I can't have sheep. I have several spinning wheels that I have not touched in more than 5 years, 1 bunny, 1 parrot, 2 semi-feral cats, and a very patient partner. I was glad to find this community, cause so many of the rabbit care oriented groups I have checked out in the past(not here, this is my first community here) have been either clueless about the differences between Angoras and short haired breeds, or almost outraged that someone would have a bunny for the fiber. At one point I got a absolutely raving flame from someone who was convinced that you had to kill the rabbit for the fiber....too strange. In any case it is nice to have people who understand to share with.

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Haven Ridge Alpacas first cria [18 Sep 2008|08:38pm]


It's been a busy couple of days here with the arrival of our very first cria!  "Nillabean" was born Tuesday morning.  It was a little shaky at first mostly because of MY inexperience but she is now nursing and pooping and gaining weight.  I am so pleased!!

Her Daddy is white.   Fantastic coloring.  I just love the little white tip of her tail.

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A question for those with angora bunnies.... [11 Sep 2008|04:51pm]

I have a red buck that has had terrible matting issues ever since I got him. He is scissor-clipped as short as I can get without hurting him and it's talking forever to get his matts under control. The worse ones, and the only ones that are still left, are the ones on his lower belly and on his back legs. He hates for me to touch him there.

I don't have an electric clipper set small enough for the bunnies... my dog clippers and goat clippers are way too big  and I'm a little scared of hurting him seriously with the clippers. I use tiny nail scissors for the really tight matts and regular shears for the rest.

Any advice on making this easier? Is there anything I can feed him or put on him to help reduce the matting? He gets regular combing out but there's always some spots that I just can't get unmatted entirely.
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Intro - Hi! [11 Sep 2008|04:35pm]

Hi, I've been lurking for a while now and just wanted to say hello...

I have 13 angora goats, 8 french angora bunnies and 2 lionhead bunnies, in addition to lots of dogs and cats... I can't wait to get some llamas but that's for later on. Right now, I'm handling all these animals on my own and I don't want to get too big of an operation until I can get my house built and the workshop ready.

I'm not a spinner but that's something I plan to change just as soon as I can get to some classes and buy a spinning wheel. I so want to learn to spin!  I do have a really nice drum carder and some drop spindles, as well as some hand carders but I haven't gotten my wheel yet. I just stockpiling fleece at the moment.
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New Goat Kids! [25 Feb 2008|04:24pm]

[ mood | busy ]

I wanted to share pictures of my two new angora goat kids. One is a reverse badger born this morning out of my gray and white reverse badger doe and my faded red buck. The other was born on the 22nd and is a mostly white with some red hairs and a red leg doe kid. She is out of my white color carrying doe and the same faded red buck.

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Interested in sheep, not sure where to start! [19 Nov 2007|12:24pm]

Hello friends!

I just joined this community because I have recently developed a (strange?) interest in sheep husbandry. I have little to no experience with sheep -- I have interacted with a small flock of Cotswold sheep at a living history site where I used to volunteer, but beyond that, I didn't know much about the fluffy darlings.

I've done a LOT of reading over the past few days, and have been considering different breeds that would be a good fit for me. I'm in college now, but hoping that once I graduate, in a few years I'll be able to purchase some property and have my own (historical!) hobby farm.

Now this is all purely speculation, of course. But! In the meantime, between graduation, getting a job, and following my dream... What can I do to learn more about sheep? At 20 years old, I'm too old to join the 4H in my area, and the historical site where I used to volunteer is nowhere near where I live. Is there a way that I can get an introduction and some real-life experience caring for sheep? Do sheep farmers look for summer interns? XD

Thoughts? Suggestions?
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[30 Sep 2007|11:25am]

[ mood | cold ]


I have several fiber pets. They include 7 Angora Goats (I hope to have kids in the spring), 4 Angora rabbits (two pure Germans and two German/English crosses), and 5 Jacob Sheep. I'm currently looking into getting a couple of Alpacas to add to the farm. I do all my own shearing :) and I'm currently learning to spin.

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Goats: red-headed mom and black-haired son [29 Mar 2007|02:27pm]

[ mood | goaty ]

cross-posted to go_go_goats
photo of Jessie and LerrisCollapse )

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Baby angora goats [14 Mar 2007|10:24pm]

[ mood | goaty ]

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[25 Dec 2006|11:50am]

I found an article on felting cat hair, It's pretty much the same as felting any other way but I thought it neede to be posted here, it's got good pictures.
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Come to the Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival [07 Sep 2006|08:48am]

Friday September 22 - Sunday September 24 is this year's Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival.

Free admission, free parking, free contest viewing.

This year's featured breed is the Romney. Lots of workshops to attend this year, too. Everything from beginners to advanced knitting. Oh, and cheese making and more. There's a potluck Saturday, demonstrations throughout, and lots of stuff to see. Even a fiber/wool/roving sale. Some of the fleeces from the fiber/wool division contest will be given away, too.

Check it out Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival.

I'm not part of it or even involved in selling my wares in the livestock barn this year, but I'm SO excited!
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[10 Aug 2006|02:35pm]

My neighbor has 5 llamas, 2 males and two females (one is nursing now, and I don't know the gender of the baby). She's looking to sell. One of them has fine fleece for a llama. She's looking to sell for around $150 each. They were rescue llamas that were brought back to health, and have been very well cared for by a family that doesn't have resources to keep up the rescue work with them any longer.

They are all medium brown. The baby is really the winner as she's a patterened white/brown with black eye patches.

If you have a heart for llamas in the Oregon/Washington area and are willing to pay a little more for one just cuz it's coming from a loving farm that really needs the money they invested in these pretties back, please contact me. (I know that it's a high price for llamas, but they are good people.)

x-posted on my journal
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hi! [18 Jun 2006|01:06am]

found this through an lj seek, and since there haven't been posts for a bit, i thought i would introduce myself.

i am nicole, a knitter and spinner, and now an angora owner. his name is sashi(hindi for moonlight), all white and an english angora. he is the terror of the cats right now- they must think he is another dog. we also have a corgi silkie terrier cross, guinness, who i could spin from if he wasn't prone to lifting his leg on his disgarded fur.

sashi is in dire need of a clipping to remove the mats from his previous owner. he is about 2, and we got him from a breeder who no longer needed him. we thought he would not adjust well to moving in with cats, kids, a dog and a loud bird, but he fits in well. he seems to like my daughter best of all, mostly because she will feed him and make sure he always has treats.

ok, enough for now.....i do need to give him a brush tonight!
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Rabbit House Construction nears completion... [17 Nov 2005|12:06am]

[ mood | productive ]

I think the Rabbit's full name is Ruby Moon last name undecided. I thought Ganges and then I thought La Rue. Still working on it. She arrives Friday!

Anyway, her house. I sat inside of it for a while tonight. I think I need to go back to Home Depot AGAIN..thank god it's not for zip ties this time. (I've used almost 500) I had an epiphany about using the vinyl tile to tile her little perching shelves....so I need three more pieces. $1.50 in the grand scheme of things won't kill me. I also need thicker dowels.

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[12 Nov 2005|11:13pm]

[ mood | chipper ]

The beginning stages of rabbit house construction. Somehow I went to BBB today (and every other place that could possibly have these damned cubes) and got the only set of them in the state of Vermont. I've sent the gf to get some in MA while she's down there...hopefully she will do it and make me happy. So in the first shot you can see what one set of normal sized cubies and one set of teeny cubies and a butt load of zip ties will get you. I actually had to go get more zip ties from the store...which is also when I got the piece of board that I'm using for the floor and the insufficient amount of vinyl tile that's covering it. At some point soon I need four more pieces of vinyl tile. I'm pleased at how it's coming out. In the second and third shots you can see the cage taking up pretty much 1/3 of my studio. Age 24 and finally learning to share. I got an 'add a shelf' kit too (also the only one in the state) which is in as the third floor (visible in shots two and three). I hope the gf can find me another add-a-shelf thingie so that I can have a consistent second floor, but if not I'll make something else up. I haven't cut the ends of the zip ties off yet because they amuse me. I also haven't decided quite where the door is going to be, so I'm making it a solid thing and then cutting the door in once I've decided where it's going. Oh in the later shots you can see her litter box, bedding, hay, and hay wheel. I still need water and food crocks and food.... Somewhere in that pile is a bag of banana yogurt treats and some bark bite wood chews. I also need to get her some toys because a bored bunny is a bad bunny. I think in one of the shots you can also see her tunnel (It's a concrete form standing up in the corner). The rabbit spoiling begins. Inside the tunnel is a million foot long piece of conduit that will be used for cord coverage...I haven't gotten there yet. It's late and I have an art show to prepare. T-minus 5 days until bunny arrival.
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Yay me! All the goat baby pictures are posted [06 Nov 2005|08:09pm]

[ mood | satisfied ]

I finally got around to updating my website with all the current goat kid pictures. I also took off the two goats I've sold. I'm so proud. Oh, and that was hand-jamming HTML, since I don't have any HTML generators on this machine right now.


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