Tag Archives: Odie

Mini-Llamas

16 Jul

Every day when the goat herd goes out to pasture, that is the time I carry sweet feed across the barnyard to feed the girls still locked up north.  My three moms up there really do need a little bit extra yet.

Bambi (Lucky and Frisco were chewing on my while I took the picture)

There’s plenty of pans for everyone to find a place to eat.

Angela and Moira (Joy in the background)

Then I feed the llamas.

Odie, Maybeline, Aurora, Marge, and Chiffon

Cookie’s girls seem to think they are mini-llamas.

They are always the first ones there to get the llama feed.

I even put a fourth pan out for the two of them to share.

It looks like I might need to set another pan out.  Poor Aurora.

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A Crappy Week

14 Jul

I mean that literally.  It’s that time when I could no longer delay my barn cleaning for the summer.

My tools of the trade.

Since the main barn didn’t get cleaned out last year because of my laziness, pulled muscles, lack of time, and poor weather, it was first on my list.

I started with the wheelbarrow and making a pile on last year’s compost pile that will eventually get hauled to a place that needs it, but I quickly realized I was going to run out of room.

My dear nephew had the manure spreader delived to the barn door.

I’m making progress.  It’s slow progress because I’m old and can’t scoop for eight or ten hours a day anymore.

After 3 1/2 days with the manure spreader, I’m really starting to get it filled up. Seriously, my goal is to be done with shoveling manure by the first of August.  I think I can do that.

Although, my progress is messing with the llamas.  Aurora likes to stand in the doorway, and there’s a deep trench there now.  They don’t want to stand on the floor because it smells.  The poop pack is actually pretty clean and dry until I mess with it.  The llama poop piles are another story–they’re disgusting.

Aurora (and Maybeline peeking in)

Aurora got mad and was spitting at Maybeline who just wanted to walk past, but there wasn’t enough room on the poop pack.

When I’m done, those dang llamas need to make their piles outside instead of thinking they have indoor plumbing.

Since I first started the post, I have officially finished the first section!  Woo hoo!

Maybeline (post spitting match with Odie)

It’s all loaded onto the manure spreader.

To get an idea of how big the spreader is (and how far up I have to toss all that manure), you can see Odie beside it. (You can see just her head in the picture above.)

It’s no wonder I’m feeling my age.  And I’m feeling better about my self-imposed end-of-the-month goal for finishing.

A Llady’s Secret

11 Jul

I am still trying to decide if Maybeline and Odie are pregnant and when they might have a cria.  I mentioned a bit ago that Maybeline was standing by herself in the barn.  I’d been noticing this quite a bit.  I also keep peeking at her teats to see if there is any swelling.  I thought I saw some swelling the other day, so I googled signs that my llama was going to give birth.  Between that information from Shagbark Ridge Llamas and information from other sources, here’s what I’ve learned about signs a llama is about to give birth.

Isolating from the herd: I already mentioned she was doing this.  They say it something that a llama will do two to three weeks before having her baby.

Maybeline

Swelling of the teats:  I’m trying to tell.  I just can’t tell for sure.

Elongating of the vulva:  Um.  It’s hard to see a llama’s vulva beneath a floofy tail.  I will say though, she’s been holding her tail up quite a bit, and I managed to snap a picture.

Maybeline

Poor Odie had me pull her tail up for the comparison.  I’m thinking it could be elongated.  I’m not sure.

Odie for comparison

Another one is frequent trips to the poop pile without doing anything.  Could be.  But I’m not sure.  Lying on her side:

Is that a baby bump?

Usually, llamas spend most of their time lying like Aurora below.  You’ll also see that Odie is flopped out on her side, so I’m not sure that means anything other than the fact that they were enjoying the sunshine..

Seriously.  Maybeline is getting tired of me sneaking up and peeking at her.

Those ears say it all.  “Quit looking at my llady parts; I’m not telling my secrets.”

In addition to these signs, I have to keep in mind that llamas are different from cows or goats.  They are more like April the giraffe.  The cria will dangle and be born slowly to help drain the fluids from the baby’s lungs.  Llamas also have some ability to choose when they give birth.  This (and a bag that keeps the baby relatively dry compared to other animals) is an adaptation for giving birth in the high mountains.  Along with that, they supposedly only give birth during the day.  These are the craziest animals ever!