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Cuts!

13 Jun

It was time for the llamas to get their hair cuts!  That means, I had to get eveyone shut in to prepare for it.  Tony was easy peasy.  I just gave him his food and shut the door while he was eating.

Tony Llama

Luckily, the girls are pretty nosy and like food too.  Before I even added pans of llama feed, Odie had gone into the greenhouse to check out the hay that the goats hadn’t eaten.

Odie

Maybeline and Aurora were quick to follow.

Aurora and Maybeline

Then it was time to get sheared.  Last year, Maybeline was amazing for him and just stood in the garage while he worked on her.  This year, her personality change was on full display.

She was quite naughty.  So much so that I asked if he had an extra charge for llamas being a pain in the butt?

Next was Odie, and she was pretty good.

Aurora was next.

She decided to lay down.

It’s not like shearing is painful.  Then she screamed and kicked and threw a total hissy fit when it was time for her hooves to be done.

Tony was pretty good too.

They all look much cooler now!

Of course, the first thing they do is go for the dust bowl to have a good roll.  That haircut leaves them itchy for a few days.  Still better than getting overheated.

I still don’t know if Odie and Maybeline are going to have crias.  Llamas are notorious for hiding that information.

That is definitely a job I’m glad to have done.  I’m also going to say that having them sheared lets you really see how they are doing for weight.  The shearer did say that he was seeing a lot of skinny llamas after the horrible winter we had, but Aurora and Tony are actually looking good!

That is also a huge relief.

Summer Haircut

27 Jun

I literally called the llama shearer before Tony was delivered because I knew the hot weather was going to start, and I wanted to make sure he got sheared.  Monday evening I got the call that he was passing by and would stop in to shear Tony the next day.  I shut him in the garage (luckily because we had more rain and we don’t want wet wool) and waited.

Tony Llama

Tony was none too thrilled, and he did do a bit of kicking as the wool came off.

At one point I thought he’d look like a pony if we left a long mane on him.

He finallly settled down a bit and was interested in watching the llady llamas out on pasture.

He looks a lot different!

I will say the shearer was quite impressed with Tony, and I think he was a bit disappointed he wasn’t going to be going to shows anymore.

I might have to think about offering stud services and turn my garage into a llama brothel.

When I Got Home

18 May

Yesterday, I hurried home from work, but when I got there it was too late.  It looked like something had died on my driveway.

I opened the garage, went in, and saw naked llamas!  Holy smokes!

Odie, Aurora, and floofly Maybeline tail

The gentleman who came to shear them and do their hooves was early, so he went ahead and sheared them before I got home.

Buster–quit hiding and show us your fancy new shearing.

He did text me later to make sure everything was to my liking.  He also shared that Maybeline decided to just stand in the garage, so he sheared her and trimmed her toes without her ever moving.  That was a first for him.  Everyone else was put in the stanchion to hold them.

photo courtesy of Floyd Zopfi

They look really good, but I can see how skinny Aurora still is.  Antigone wasn’t sure if that was her friend or not.

Antigone and Aurora

Odie and Maybeline were thrilled to be let back out of the garage so they could go roll in the grass.

Odie

Odie

Maybeline

They did make it out to pasture (but forgot to take Aurora).

Odie and Maybeline

Buster

Finally, they did all get back together in the barnyard.

Buster, Odie, Maybeline, and Aurora

They took Aurora with them out to pasture when they went back out again.  I’ll keep a close eye on her, but I hope she will continue to gain weight and strength.