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Winter Llamas

Posted by Fluffy on December 23, 2012 at 12:10 PM Comments comments (0)

The llamas seem pretty hardy in winter, though Lucy Llama does shiver when the cold wind blows. Snow falling on their backs does not penetrate the thick fibre they have and does not melt. Joyce Llams seems to have a thicker coat than the others in general and her daughter, Karin, has fine lustrous fibre. They have not been sheared in a year because I could not find anyone to do it, but this year I will rig some sort of chute up and do it myself. I have thought that for the cost of hiring shearers, in one season I could almost pay for a deluxe shearing machine. I gave the llamas a granary for a shelter, with a wood floor, but they have taken to using it for their outhouse and only go inside to stand there to get away from bitterly cold winds. Next spring, I will clean that granary right up, bleach the floor and keep it aired out, then turn it into a farm store. I will have to build the llamas a 3 sided shelter with no floor instead. In the meantime, they hunker right down in the straw from the hay they eat, which is now over a foot deep. Their legs are usually tucked underneath them so the only exposed areas are well covered with heavy wool. If it is really cold they lay their heads down flat in the hay as well, stretched out before them so only the wool is exposed. Their ears have a good layer of fibre too, so only their faces are not protected. I wonder why they don't tuck their heads into their bodies like so many other animals? They are the sweetest, gentlest creatures ever and are smart too. I would love to teach them to pack one day. 

A Touch of Frost. Llama in the Sun and Romeo Muscovy

Posted by Fluffy on September 17, 2012 at 7:05 PM Comments comments (0)

The last two nights we have had a touch of frost. The tomato vines curled but the tomatoes are still fine, thank goodness. The days are warm and sunny, with today reaching 26 degrees. It is time to fire up the woodstove again!

The llamas often come to the sheep pen in the day time to lounge and relax, eat some minerals and salt and basically hang out. Joyce was sleeping in the sunshine when I caught her, totally relaxed. 

The Muscovy ducks are new to the Fat Ewe, well, a month or so new. They are gentle natured creatures, quiet compared to the other ducks making a funny sound as though they are trying to quack, but only a scratchy noise comes out. Romeo is particulary handsome with his red caruncles (bumps on his face) and beetle green and black plumage. At least the girls think so and never leave his side. They fly quite well too!

The Llamas Came Today

Posted by Fluffy on June 9, 2012 at 1:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Lucy Llama is quite tame. Even though she and her herd spend most of their time away from the yard, she was raised by a woman who halter trained her and spent time with her and she has not forgotten. On the other hand, the male, who will be 2 soon, is not tame at all. He is not wild either, but simply will not come close enough to be touched. Lucy needs her nails clipped and although I know how to do that, I do not know how to get her to stand for having it done. The llamas are very beautiful gentle creatures, much smarter than the two alpacas that live on the farm. Lucy let me touch her and brought her nose to mine to see how I smelled. She smelled like wild roses so I imagine she must have been enjoying the new blossoms. She did not say how I smelled. I had to shoo them out of the yard when it was time to bring in the sheep and goats for the night. There is no shelter there for them and outside they can hunker down in the bush. There is a rain storm breweing for the night. The sheep and goats have shelters, but there would not have been anywhere large enough for the llamas. Maybe they will be back tomorrow.

The New Surprise

Posted by Fluffy on June 1, 2011 at 7:42 PM Comments comments (0)

Oh Boy! Life on the farm is interesting. 

I was out with the animals as I am every day for hours. The pigs usually get first attention because they are so loud if they don't. The sheep are in a net electric fence and only need to be monitored and watered when they are dry or have tipped the bucket. I still visit them to bring them treats twice daily. There on the ground I saw a squishy mess of placenta, way too big for a sheep. Looking further, on the other side of the llama, Joyce, was a little white cria, not even dried off yet. She was stunning and her mom, so proud. I went over and told Joyce Llama how beautiful her baby was and petted the baby and the mother. Lucy Llama came over to inspect. The little llama came to her wobbly feet. They have huge feet with huge pads, long legs and big eyes. I think ET might have been designed after a baby llama. Isn't she something?


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