Friday, January 13, 2017

Preparing a hide for tanning

Be sure to tell your butcher that you plan to use the pelt, and to use the steer pattern to remove it. Also to be careful of cutting the skin, because holes in the skin can catch in the de-fleshing machine and tear it, and also detract from the appearance of the finished skin. As mentioned, be sure to have them cool it quickly so the wool does not slip (come off). Lay it out in wool side down in an area of a building where dogs and wildlife cannot easily get to it. You will probably want to lay down a plastic tarp under it to catch drips and salt if that concerns you. We used a section of livestock panel so the air can get to it and the wool will be dry. Put a thick layer of salt on it, making sure to get all the edges. Trim off strips of skin, testicles etc (you won't believe what some butchers leave - an ear?) . Continue to add salt in the areas where moisture pools during the drying process. Depending on how humid the weather, it can take 2-4 weeks to get nice and dry. The salt will be completely dry then. Once its ready, shake off the excess salt (another reason for the drop cloth) and fold it wool side out, or roll it up. Do not put into a plastic bag, just pack it directly into a box for mailing.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

A month old already

Brentwood and Oakland's kits are a month old now.   
They are getting round and fat, and incredibly cute!  Red buck, black doe(reserved)
 chestnut doe (reserved), chestnut buck, and 4 chinchilla does (3 reserved)

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

TGPRBA New Years Eve show

In the first showing, I had 1st CJD, 1 CSB, BOV and BOSV in white
and BOS in breed with Somerhill Sheridan.
  Kim won BOB with her chocolate agouti  SR doe.

In the second showing, Kim also had BOB with the same beautiful doe.
I had BOS again, as well as 1st CSB, and BOV and BOSV in white.
Rose won 1st CJD.
Rose, Emily, Charlotte, and Kim showing their French Angoras.
Emily also had a Giant to exhibit, and Colleen brought her black Giants for evaluation.

Judge Joe Collucci evaluating the Satin Angora colored SR bucks.
Kim, Rose, and I had Satins at the show.   Janet had planned to come, but
was still feeling badly from the remnants of a cold.  She did drop by for a few
minutes to see all of us, since she just lived a few miles away.  

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Happy New Year babies

GrCH Somerhill Little Big Horn and GrCH Somerhill Silver City have added
2 new little chinchillas to our rabbitry.   She had them on New Year's Eve.  

Friday, December 23, 2016

2 weeks old

Now they look like bunnies. Sire:  Brentwood (chocolate) x Oakland (chin)  
We have: Chestnut buck, chestnut doe, red buck, black doe, 4 chinchilla does. Sex may change without notice. :^) I figured out how to take a picture without them jumping off the grooming stand or simply zooming around too much to get a photo. They got to sit on my new, squishy soft scarf a friend made me for Christmas.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Its eye opening day!

Brentwood and Oakland have a black, 4 chinchilla, 1 red, and 2 chestnut/coppers

Friday, December 16, 2016

Somerhill Sheridan

A chocolate chinchilla, 4.5 months old.  He has the silkiest feeling wool ever,
 with amazing sheen.  And is the sweetest guy, too.

Hard to get a photo of him - he is a busy boy.