Here We Go Again

17 Oct

The last couple of years have really made me wonder why I have animals.  The copper has been a nightmare.  Maybe if it hadn’t taken eight years to get a diagnosis, it wouldn’t be so overwhelming.

Bonnie is losing the hair on her nose and really, her entire coat is thin.

As it is, I gave everyone another round of copper this week.

That means they are up to eight grams of copper on the year; although, Betty and Clover are now at ten grams.

Clover and Sky (I’m not barking at her; she’s barking at me.)

Add to that the llamas’ ulcers, and I’m ready to quit.  Aurora has recovered amazingly.  She’s doing wonderfully.

Aurora and Maybeline

Tony is losing weight again.  Now, once they’ve had ulcers, they are more susceptible.  He took a bite of llama feed and quit.  I’m trying to get the meds for him, but, just to make things fun, it is no longer available, but I just found out that I can still get the generic (and I kind of wish I had known there was a generic version earlier).  Crazy.

Tony

He spends all of his time along the fence pacing and staring at the girls.  I think that’s his stressor.  He wants to breed.

Honestly, that was Llenny’s stressor too.  If I can get him healed up and weight back on him, I will probably see if I can have the vet castrate him over the winter.

Hopefully, that will get rid of his stressor.  Poor handsome boy.

Besides, it’s obvious that Odie and Maybeline want nothing to do with a stud–stinking Black Widow Llady Llamas.

Odie

I’m at the point now that I think I was wrong again, and they are never going to have a baby.  Seriously, goats get out for five minutes and four does are bred; these girls have spent months with three different studs and can’t give me a single cria.

4 Responses to “Here We Go Again”

  1. SarahC October 17, 2019 at 4:53 pm #

    I enjoy reading…..we are going to move back to my sister’s she has goats and a donkey in GA

  2. Claire Moxon-Waltz October 17, 2019 at 7:36 pm #

    Ah drat, sorry to hear that Tony’s in trouble again. I remember that when I first had llamas, I was told by the seller (who was experienced) that it could take them a year or more to feel comfortable enough in their new surroundings to proceed with breeding. I think it did take nearly that long, and they were together the whole time. The copper thing is just so crazy. Such a never-ending saga for you. At least you’re getting a lot of experience with the dosage.

    • Teresa October 17, 2019 at 7:49 pm #

      Tony’s been here over a year. He wants to breed everyone. He even had a short time of wanting to breed my bucks (Anubis broke him of that). He just paces. I think that’s why he’s got the ulcers back–watching the girls and not being able to get to them. At least I caught it earlier and got the meds started sooner this time.

      And Maybeline and Odie really are stud hating girls. I bought them as a bonded pair, but I didn’t know they were a couple. LOL

  3. janicead October 18, 2019 at 11:14 am #

    Yes, the animal world is quite something to shepherd.

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