Tag Archives: guard llama

What Is That Smell?

1 Oct

Skunk.  Ew.  Who smells like a skunk?

Maybeline

Maybeline!

If you’re going to protect the herd from a skunk, I’d really prefer you didn’t get yourself sprayed.

That scent does not come out of thick llama wool.

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Annie’s Luck

16 Aug

Yesterday when I was doing chores, I went to put more minerals in the pans in the greenhouse and was really surprised to see Annie was in there instead of out in pasture with everyone else.  She looked horribly dumpy and acted really out of it.  She did take off when I checked her eyes.  I followed her into the barnyard, and as she went away from me I noticed she had blood on her back side.  When I got closer and caught her, I saw her vulva was mangled.

I shut her in the Love Shack and called the vet.  After our conversation and getting a bit closer look (so hard to see with a black goat), she also had a couple of wounds on her leg and one on her udder.  It was apparently a coyote attack.

I called my nephew to come hold her while I gave her shots (tetanus, pain killer and antibiotics), and I was shocked to hear a lone coyote just north of my barnyard, yipping with no response.  I would guess this is the one that attacked–in the middle of the afternoon–in the couple of hours she had been out to pasture with the herd before they came back because of sprinkles.

Annie

I don’t know what to do.  We’ve ordered materials to put a fence up to keep them away from the woodlot.  But this coyote was right by the barnyard.  I have five llamas on the farm, but they seem to be rather fat and lazy.

Maybeline

I’m just grateful her injuries aren’t worse.  I will keep her shut in a few days to recover and watch for infections.  My nephew, bless his heart, is coming to help hold her again (I might be repaying his kindness with feta).  Now Caroline just wants to know why she is getting shut in with her mother.

Caroline keeping Annie company

I thought Annie would feel better having her daughter with her.

Llamas at Work

4 Oct

This past weekend, I noticed the llamas were looking rather intently at something.  What was it?  The neighbor’s dog decided to play in the road and ditch and my driveway.

I had six llamas following along just to make sure everything was okay.

Buster was the last to be satisfied that the dog was back where she belonged.

Then they all wandered back up to where they were happily munching.

I was very impressed!

I hope you’ll come back to join me for Friday’s Hunt.  I have this week’s items listed at the top of my side bar.