A Taste of Life at Windrush Alpacas

March 10, 2011

Preparing for Good Company

Filed under: alpaca, alpaca behavior, alpaca behaviour, Alpaca Care, Crias, General, Open Farm Day — alpacalady @ 8:42 am
Dot and Dash

Dot and Dash - where ever one is the other is not far behind

The week has been busy with preparations for  our upcoming Open Farm Day, tumbleweeds to be cleared away (boy do we have a bumper crop already!), paths to be swept clean, new inventory to be added to the store, signs to be made and ideas to be implemented to make the day the best for all who attend.

While all that is going on there is also the day to day running of the farm to manage – after all we would have a bunch of disgruntled alpacas if we didn’t give them their daily pellet ration and hay.  In addition to daily feedings there are other tasks that need to be attended to as well.  With 70 alpacas at our farm toenail trimming is an ongoing process and as my mother would like to say “Is like painting the Forth Bridge” (I am told the American equivalent of that saying is “like painting the Golden Gate Bridge).   By the time we have trimmed the whole herd it’s time to start over again!  Alpaca ears need to be treated to prevent ear ticks, pregnant alpaca girls need to be behavior tested to verify that they still pregnant and body scores need to be checked to decide which alpacas are eating a little too well and which might need a little extra feed every day.  Life is never dull at Windrush Alpacas!

Spring crias are several weeks away from being born, the fall crias are growing up healthy and strong.  Young Dot and Ditto each born during our December Open Farm Days are now strapping 3 month olds, for those who were here when Dot and Ditto were born the change in the two boys will be striking.  Along with their buddy Dash who was born days before them they make quite the trio checking out new things in the pasture and on chilly evenings  they stir the whole herd into a gallop as they perform their nightly “cria dash” to ensure they are nice and warm before night fall.  Inevitably Dash is in the lead of the cria dash, (hence his name Windrush Luna Dash) a very vivid reminder of how his sire Windrush White Blast chased around the pasture as a cria.

Theresa and Ditto

Ditto with his dam Theresa - Ditto was also born during our December Open Farm Days

The forecast for Saturday speaks of temperatures in the 60’s, partly cloudy and a light breeze – just perfect for an Open Farm Day.  We are getting excited about the event and look forward to meeting many new people, seeing repeat visitors (alpacas are addictive you know) and introducing our beautiful alpacas to all who come.  See you soon – it’s going to be a fun day!

Rosemary

1 Comment »

  1. Hi Rosie
    So good to see the ‘return of the blog’ (sounds like a sci-fi movie title doesn’t it?) I hope the open days continue to go well. I love Dot, Dash & Ditto – what wonderful contrasts in fleece colour in all of them.
    As you say 2011 has started out in a bad way – with Japan now taking the worst possible hit – so tragic. Let’s hope the year picks up. I look forward to reading your cheery entries again.
    Take care
    Lots of love to you, Ric & all things furry at Windrush Alpacas
    Linda from across the pond! xxx

    Comment by Linda Pottinger — March 15, 2011 @ 9:15 am


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