Thursday, February 1, 2018

The Cajuns are growing up

7Pines Handsome (choc tort) and Somerhill Joli Blon (pearl) litter is 4 weeks old now.  They are growing by leaps and bounds (literally!) and getting to that really cute stage now.   From left to right:

Cajun Twister (choc tort buck), Cajun Queen (tort doe), Cajun Moon (rew buck) and Adalida (pearl doe)    If you are interested, let me know, because I already am getting inquiries and reservations.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Welcome new babies

On January 3rd, Joli Blon, a  darkly shaded black pearl presented me with 4 new kits.  There is a chocolate tort(like the sire), a black tort, a REW and a pearl.   The sire of the litter is  7Pines Handsome.  Since the temperatures have been below freezing for a week, and mostly subzero at night, Joli got to come into the garage to kindle.  Even then the temps were below 40, but she is doing a great job with them, and they are warm, wellfed, and growing well.  

Here they are at 10 days of age. 

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Some novelty yarns

I spun up some chinchilla angora seconds, and spun them up in a thick n thin single.  Then I strung teal, purple and gold beads on a metallic thread, and plied them together.  I really like the effect, and the yarn is very soft.  There are 118 yards of this.  
I had some baggies of small amounts of colors hanging around, and had an idea yesterday. This skein is made from 4 colors; chestnut, baby pearl, black, and some dyed brown. I took a small handful of one color and spun it, then a handful of the next color, and repeated until I ran out, making sure not to end with the same color I started with. Then I plied it back on itself, and here is the result. There are 63 yards.


Saturday, December 16, 2017

Somerhill Del Rey

Del is my main sire for my pearl line.  He came out of my chinchillas, so his sire is GrCH Somerhill Little Big Horn (chin) and Somerhill Camlifornia (copper).  He has a very masculine head, a solid body, and the sweetest temperament.  He is definitely a ladies man, and very charming.





Friday, December 1, 2017

Welcome, 7Pines Handsome

Say hello to my new chocolate tort buck. He was delivered Thursday. This is a well traveled guy. Originating in MN, he went to California to the 2016 ARBA convention, where he won his class. Then to the Carolinas, back to Indy to the 2017 convention, where he was again 1st CSB. On his way here, he traveled through VA, MD, PA, NJ, CT, MA, ME, NY, MI, IN, and then into Ohio. He seems none the worse for wear, and is happy to explore and punch me with his head if I don't pet him. This 5+ inch coat come off this weekend, and then he has a date with a couple lovelies here at Somerhill.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

My 2 chinchilla herdsires

First up is Somerhill Quicksilver.  A Silver City son, he is shaping up to be one of the best chinchillas I have raised.  At eight months, he is an enthusiastic breeder and just sired his first litter a few days ago.  With a nice short shoulder, powerful arch, smooth, smooth hips, and wide, thick, deep lower hindquarters, his type is excellent.  He is just growing in his first adult coat, producing the first 2.5 inches in just 7 weeks.  I am excited to get him to some shows this winter to compare him to other young bucks across the east coast and midwest. 
He has the type head I like on a buck.  Big & blocky, with short, thick ears carried folded.

Athens Angoras Spikenard.  Another young buck, this time a chocolate chinchilla.  Spike is a son of
Somerhill Shane, and has a strong resemblance to his sire.  He too is growing in his adult coat, having been clipped 2 months ago.  He is developing into a very nice buck, and I will enjoy showing him this winter.  



Monday, November 13, 2017

New babies!

Born 11-12-17, Somerhill Quicksilver and Somerhill Alafair have 5 black chinchillas and 3 chocolate chinchillas in the nestbox.  These are Alafair's first, and although she is just 8 months old, she is an excellent mother, keeping a clean, dry, warm nest, and well fed kits.  Well done, Allie!

Sunday, October 29, 2017