Last Monday Viv Darcy (nee Cook) came to do some alpaca assessment before the next stage of her judge training. Whilst we were fleece rummaging and making plans to head off to Greenside Alpacas for some Suri assessment; Renatta presented us with a lovely white Explorer boy (Adelle and Renatta were mated on the same day). Thus our latest arrival has been named Beck Brow Mr Darcy. Mr Darcy has joined the Explorer club, they are so cute always sticking together.
Last week I started to let the dams and cria have access to what was the hay field. As you can see from the photos below they have plenty of lush grass (yes in October!). Unfortunately Ep Cambridge Stargazer rather over did the grazing. when she came in to feed late afternoon, I noticed her showing signs of colic and she was enormous. I wish I had thought to take a photo, she was swollen to twice her normal size...she really looked like she could explode...thankfully all was resolved with some Buscapan and Funixin...I expect it would have been rather breezy standing behind her that evening!
Whilst on the topic of bowels: One of the cria on livery was showing signs of constipation the other day. So a soapy enema was administered...but all we got were a few bubbles...I gave a little more and held down the tail expecting the soapy water to squirt out...but nothing. The cria (6 weeks old) goes and sits down...then all of a sudden from a sitting position he fires out poo so hard it travelled six feet, causing Paul and I to jump, before disolving into fits of laughter...what is it about poo!