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Shearing Day Take Two

25 May

The next morning, I started all over getting the llamas shut in.

Aurora

This time, I just put all three of them in the barn.

Aurora, Maybeline, and Odie

It was “easier”.  Whatever. I got it done despite goats and llamas and rain and geese.

Aurora and the geese

Then they got sheared!  Maybeline was first.  She threw a hissy fit and refused to go into the trailer and stanchion.

Maybeline

She actually wasn’t too bad once she got to just stand there.

While Maybeline was getting taken care of, Odie and Aurora waited by the gate.

Odie and Aurora

Maybeline was quick to take off as soon as we got her back in the barnyard and wrestled the halter off of her.  She will be much cooler now.

When we switched llamas, someone decided he should come out and supervise.

Popcorn

Aurora was next.  She went into the stanchion, but she just does not like to be touched.  Poor girl.

Aurora

At least she only had a barrel cut.  I did that because she struggled so badly last winter.  This will hopefully keep her cooler this summer, but let her stay warm over the winter.  She immediately took off for pasture when we turned her loose.  I was worried about how thin she is after the horrible winter, but she isn’t actually too bad.  I’ll try to sneak her some extra feed, and she did get wormed, so hopefully she’ll finish picking up a bit more weight.

Finally, we did Odie.  She is reliably okay.  You might say she’s my no drama llama.

Odie

She was also a lot calmer than the other two when we put her back in the barnyard.  She even posed to show me how nice she looks.

Before she took off for pasture, she decided to flop out in the dirt.  That helps to soothe the itching.  Newly sheared llamas are full of itches for a few days.  Notice those neatly trimmed toes too.  They all three got the full treatment.

Here they are in their summer finery.

All three ladies were happy to be in pasture after two days of confinement.

Maybeline

Aurora

Odie

Bring on summer heat and humidity!

Boring

22 Apr

I can’t imagine how boring it is to sit on a nest for twenty-eight days.

At least this one has cute company.

Or they might make the task more stressful when they get too close.

Surviving

8 Feb

So far everyone is surviving the cold.

Popcorn

Sky

Chiffon

Nugget and the hens

Astra

Aurora

Pluto

Freddie

gander and Athena

I did have to make a couple of changes.  I kicked Jonai out of the buck room.  She has a thick coat and a good layer of fat.

Joani

In her place, I moved Antigone over to the buck room.  Unfortunately, her big sister, Astra, was hogging the heat lamp.

Astra is cozy warm.

She was stuck with her butt against the heated bucket for a little more warmth.

Xerxes and Antigone in the corner

I also had to put a makeshift coat on Haley and move her up with Victoria and her girls.

Haley

Hopefully, a few days of eating without having anyone push her around will get her caught up and she won’t need the coat anymore.  Because it’s not a good fit.

Haley with Onyx, Ruby and Victoria

Hopefully, we make it through without any losses or having to take extreme measures (putting someone in the garage).