Tag Archives: llama

Some of the Critters

16 Feb

The animals are much better at not whining about the weather than me.

Maybeline

Of course, they just order room service and hang out in the barn all day.

Myson

I was afraid Nugget was going to lose half his comb and half his wattles, and it looks like the wattles have already fallen off, but the comb is looking a little better now.  Although, I still think he’s going to lose quite a bit of the points.

Nugget and ladies

The peacocks are working hard to grow their tails out.

Everyone else is just hanging around or butting heads.

Cookie

You know, because they aren’t the ones doing chores.

They just get to stand there and munch away.

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Old Lady Winter

12 Feb

This winter seemed to be slow in arriving, but now that it’s here, it’s really kicking my butt.

Overnight we had another five or six inches of snow.

Now the wind is supposed to pick up.  Of course, this means it was yet another snow day from work.

It’s starting to make me feel old.  I didn’t start feeding hay until right at the end of December, but now I’ve already gone through about half the hay on the bottom part of the barn.

Buster in the back

That’s a lot of throwing bales for this old lady.  It’s also a lot of corn that gets hauled from the bulk bin to the barn.

It wouldn’t be so bad if we didn’t get freezing rain that makes the bin freeze shut.  It makes things a lot harder.

I did finally get the bulk bin opened so I could fill all my tubs and buckets in the garage before this latest snow event.  I even remembered to pick the pans up so they didn’t get buried until spring!

I hate feeding in the barn, but we’ve had so much snow and wind and freezing rain that it’s been hard to keep them outside where it’s cleaner.

Aurora and Fionn

It’s turned into a horrible winter for the wild animals as well.  Our warm weekend that melted everything right before the frigid snow means a layer of ice that is covering food sources for many of the animals.  I’ve seen deer up near my house quite a bit lately.  The evening I took this photo there were probably ten or twelve eating in the buffer strip.

Poor babies.

I don’t remember which snow event left the weird bands of drifts across my garage roof.  I’ve never seen it do that before.

We can only dream about picnics and warm summer days right now.

At least we’re on the back side of winter and getting closer to spring.

That will make Sky happy too.

In the Garage

11 Feb

With the goats getting moved out of the garage, that means Tony didn’t have any company.  You’ll notice the hay on his face. That’s a good sign that he was eating!

Tony

Welll, I did move the hen back into the garage because her leg was getting wonky again.  I think it’s arthritis because she seems to improve almost as soon as she gets in the garage where it’s warmer.

Mama Phoenix

She seems happy with the arrangement.

Anyhow, llamas are herd animals, and they do not tolerate being alone very well.  I want to keep Tony as unstressd as possible. That means I brought over some company.

Anubis

Anubis wasn’t too sure about being in there by himself.  By the time I had carried Pluto over, he was yelling for his company.

Pluto and Anubis

They both thought they should get to go back to the Love Shack, but I think they should stay with Tony.  I was kind of impressed they could both get their heads through one hole.

If nothing else, they will provide him with entertainment to watch.

That is if Anubis doesn’t get too rowdy.

Although Pluto was more interested in eating than playing.

Hopefully, they’ll settle in and be good company.  I also was hoping for the benefit of giving Tony dinner companions.

Tony

That seems to be working!

Anubis and Pluto in front (Tony behind)

Check it out on video HERE.