Tuesday, 24 May 2011
All wind and no action...
Getting up at 6 am to check on the pregnant females who are now due, is starting to get a little tedious...for the pregnant females that is...they are without fail tucked up in the barn. At first some of them used to stand up when they heard me...then they soon realised it was not going to be feed time...but they did still acknowledge me. Now...most of them don't even bother to wake up. It is very cute. The other morning I found Nina fast asleep, with Pebbles asleep with her head on Nina's back, and Fendi (Caramella's cria) tucked up behind them...with Caramella in a different bay all together!
Our alpacas do like routine. They obviously go out sometimes during the night; I have looked out occassionally at 4 am, if I have woken, and have seen them in the paddock. However, they are without fail in the barn early every morning (the girls and weanlings this is) and don't go again out until after they are fed. This is why we try to do routine injections etc when they are in to be fed, otherwise they know we are up to something. Bozedown Blanche (an early import who is now 9 years old) is too old and wise to be fooled too often.
St. Patrick, Nimrod and Julius have settled well in their new group. St Pat is loving being next to the weanlings. Explorer rushes up to him with his tail flipped over and Nutmeg is in love!
The dreadful weather continues, although the wind is not quite as gale force as yesterday. Fortunately we are in a valley so a little protected, even so the alpacas were getting a little unsettled at times during the worst of it. Poor little Fendi nearly got blown off her feet a couple of times. I was a bit concerned that her cria coat was going to act as wings and we were going to have take off. Not the weather for birthing. The only good thing I can say about it is; with all the rain and strong winds; Explorer looks like he has had a wash and blow dry:
Beck Brow Explorer...is this the cleanest that he has ever been?
He is off to Northumberland Show on Monday...his fleece is now well past it's best and he will be one day into the intermediate class...but it one of only 2 local shows for us. The other is Westmorland Show in September.