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A Llama Recheck

7 Oct

I’ve had a really hard time deciding if the llamas are a good weight or not because, well, Maybeline and Odie are just obese.  All they get fed is pasture, but they feel like flubber, and it makes it hard to judge others.

Odie and Maybeline

Buster is pretty close to the same.  He wondered why he didn’t get to go anywhere (read be bribed with food).

Buster Brown

I had the ISU vets come back to check Aurora again.  Poor unsuspecting girl was checking to see if I had any feed for her (I did).


I also wanted them to check Tony because he has dropped weight, but I think he had plenty of extra pounds when he got here, but he has also had diarrhea (remember, I said it’s a bad worm year).


I don’t know how I was ever lucky enough to get all these snooty llamas where I needed them, but I guess one thing going right was about all I could hope for.  We started with Aurora.  They gave her body condition score, and it really is the bottom side of okay.  I just can’t get those last few pounds back on her.

They took some blood and a fecal sample, and we wormed her.  We’re going to see if this shows anything to indicate why I’m having such a hard time putting weight back on her.  They did try to do an ultrasound (I think they thought she was one for preg check, but I’m not letting her anywhere near a stud), but her guts looked fine.  She did scream an awful lot.  Luckily, one of the students seemed to have a good rapport with her.

Then we checked Tony.  His body condition was fine for summer, but he needs to pick up a bit of weight for winter.  I just wormed him, so they took fecal and blood from him to test also.

Then we got to see if the fat girls are pregnant.  We tried to start with Maybeline.  To say she was difficult was an understatement. She kind of beat the snot out of me.  I hope the vets aren’t as bruised as me.

Odie and Maybeline

While I waited outside with Maybeling, they managed to do the ultrasound of Odie.  No cria.

We finally gave up on Maybeline.  He did say that it’s more successful usually when the girls go to the stud so they are out of their home.  They are more likely to get angry and defend their territory if the boy comes to them. That might be Maybeline’s problem because she has certainly become not very nice.

Seriously.  Maybeline spit nasty green cud all over my face.  That wasn’t even enough for her.  Just after we gave up and I was opening the gate to let everyone out, she spit on the three students too.  I am so embarrassed by her behavior.