This thread has been busier than I have!
So, a general update on what's going on here:
Five of our 7 female alpacas have given birth for a total of 4 female crias and 1 male cria. We've given up on the 2 remaining adult females - they either absorbed their pregnancies or they were covered at a later date than we observed. We'll be breeding some of them back in the spring, ideally after they've had a visit from the shearer.
Three pullets have gone broody and each are setting on some eggs. I don't really want any chicks at this time of the year, but I do really want to know the brooding and mothering abilities of these pullets so they can sit on goose and duck eggs when they start laying this spring.
After much discussion it's been decided that the chicken flock will be culled down significantly to just my favorites and our daughter's pullets. All the other chickens will be butchered or sold. In the future I will probably get some bantams, but for now we will expand the duck flock significantly. Because the drakes have such soft, pleasant voices I'll be able to grow out and keep more males and will actually be able to have a focused breeding program.
The Welsh Harlequin is at the top of my breed list for ducks. I just have to decide now where to acquire stock from. The Holderread's have them straight run and the quality of even their average birds should be great. Metzer's has them as well and offers them sexed, which is awfully convenient but may not be worth the possible reduction in quality. All WH in the US basically come from Holderread's lines.
Then there's the geese to consider. I'd like to get more, either of the Americans or Sebastopols. Holderread's breeds the Americans in Blue and Lavender - the APA accepted color is Buff. It would take 3 generations to get the Buff color back if they were crossed with the other colors. They don't have regular Sebbies, only "Minis" which I'm not interested in. Metzer's has the American Buff (which is where I got my pair from) and the regular Sebbies.
So what do you do in your spare time? Just kidding.