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Still Improving

16 Feb

I felt bad when I had to take Aurora back into the garage, but I think being out that little bit to see outside and all the other llamas helped her emotionally.

Aurora

Since she went back in the garage, she’s only had Lily for company.

Lily

The two of them get along well (Lily is calm), and I always make sure there’s two places to eat, and I tied the tub so Lily can’t dump it out.

She has really been picking up weight again.  She’s constantly eating.

Bless my nephew for continuing to bring me a few bales at a time for these two girls.

I am really starting to feel optimistic that she’s going to make it.

I wrote this post a couple days ago and scheduled it, and now I’m editing.  I swear every time I think she is gaining weight and doing better about two days later, I think she looks more thin again and I’m worried the ulcers are back.  I guess I have no idea how she’s doing, and I’ll just keep playing it by ear.

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Back in the Garage

2 Feb

Sunday morning when I was hauling hay out of the barn, I was keeping a close eye on Aurora.

Aurora

She was really enjoying being outside and looking around; she was eating well.


But she began to get cold, so I took her back to the garage.

It’s so hard to get an animal to put on weight in the winter without feeding them grain, but she’s not allowed to have grain because of the ulcers.

Bless my nephew for bringing me alfalfa hay because it has a lot more protein than the grass hay I feed everyone else.

Lily

Lily is also enjoying the hay.  In fact, when I had to give them just my grass hay for one day, Lily was positively demanding that I give her some of the higher quality hay.

Spoiled much?

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Grass Seed

1 Feb

Sunday morning I decided to forget about waiting on the goats to go out to pasture so I could move Fionn up north with the other bucks.  I blocked the barn door with everyone on the other side of the barnyard, and then I opened the panel and called to Fionn.  He came trotting over and followed right behind me.  We got to the gate where Sam and Xerxes were and I opened it.  He went half way in, and then he stopped.  He refused to take another step.  You see, I usually bribe him to walk across the barnyard with corn.  I didn’t have any with me (but I was going to give it to him after he went in), and he wasn’t about to go in if I didn’t have his corn.  I went and got a pitcher of corn, and then he happily went into the north paddock.  I love my good boy!

Fionn, Sam, and Xerxes

Of course, as soon as I got done moving Fionn and opened the barn back up, everyone else decided to go out to pasture.

That was fine with me.  I decided to use this time with the empty barnyard to haul several tubs of old hay from the barn floor over to the mud of the buck pen.

Eventually, the llamas noticed.  Odie was happy to come in and eat from that old round bale.

Odie

Buster somehow missed out on seeing how the girls came in, so he was left wishing he could have some.

Buster

Maybeline decided it was her job to supervise my work (and sample some of the hay I was carrying).

Maybeline

It finally started warming up enough to make the ground slick, so I stopped for the day.

I’ll keep cleaning out the barn and using it to reseed that big hill.  Plus I can add real grass seed once it has a cover to keep wild birds from just eating it.