Oh my. The past few weeks, we have been experiencing the best autumn weather, ever!!
The dew is usually dried off the grass by late morning. I’ve been wheeling down a bale of hay around noontime. Everyday, several alpaca noses greet me at the gate while I wheel the bale in and follow me excitedly as I plunk it down alongside the paddock fencing. The boys love to cush around the bale and mindlessly munch in the sun all afternoon. In the evening I pick up what’s left and put it into their feeders, fluffing it up as much as I can. By then they’re usually pronking about in the pasture.
Changes have been coming to our little farm. Our little farm is growing, growing.
Several weeks ago, I blogged that our adorable little CopperMoon had come home. He arrived with his little shy friend Adagio, which we are calling Daji, and another friend, Falcon. Copper and Daji are average sized alpacas and a bit cautious of their new surroundings. Falcon is a smaller sized alpaca, calm and quiet, but he definitely can take care of himself. The usual meet-and-greet over the fence with our herd went well. We let the newcomers into the small blocked off area to the side of the barn so they could further acclimate themselves. After a couple hours, we opened up the gates.
That was a mistake. Within minutes a horrifying scene emerged while Desi, Coty, and North all insisted on asserting their dominance all at once over the 3 new arrivals, namely shy little Daji. Dan and I managed to separate the 3 offenders rather quickly. I scolded them and lectured them on manners. I know that others will laugh and tell me that this is normal behavior for livestock. I still see it as a nightmare scenario.
I knew my lecture would do no good. Dan and I sectioned off the barn and secured a small pasture area. I knew we had a problem that wouldn’t right itself on its own. We phoned our vet immediately. Luckily she was able to come to our farm a few days later. On a beautiful sunny morning, my 3 ‘big boys’ were gelded. All is calm and quiet again on our little farm, well, for the most part.
We now refer to Desi, Coty, and North as ‘The Sisters.’ :)
In a few weeks our girls, Dreamer (momma to Guinness, Bo and Arlo) and Alana, (momma to Coty, Henry, and Copper) will be home! More fun on our little farm is sure to happen.