A Taste of Life at Windrush Alpacas

April 7, 2008

The Other Side

The Girls Gather Ready To Go To The Other Side


Over the weekend we decided to put the girls who had been in quarantine in with our main herd of girls.  We originally had planned on leaving the visiting girls in the quarantine pen for the duration of their stay, but our neighbors have a new puppy and one of the visiting girls, Cariad, kept alarming at the puppy.  The puppy was well within the boundaries of its owner’s property and not doing anything to threaten or upset the girls, but its mere presence was obviously upsetting Cariad.


As we had bred the visiting girls this weekend we didn’t want them stressing out because of the puppy and either failing to get pregnant or losing any possible pregnancy.  The girls had finished their quarantine period and the farm that the girls come from has not had any incoming alpacas in over a year.  Additionally that farm has not been to any shows in several months, so we felt the risk of exposing our alpacas to these girls was minimal.


We decided that we would open up the quarantine pen and the area between it and the girl’s pen and allow the female herd access to both areas.  No sooner had Ric opened the gate than there were alpacas flying between both areas – a real case of “the grass is always greener on the other side”.  Our girls were joyfully exploring the quarantine pen and the visiting girls and their crias busily investigated our girl’s pasture.


There is absolutely nothing better or more interesting in either pasture, but the fact that it was different was enough to cause each group of girls to check things out.


By lunchtime all twenty-six alpacas in our female herd plus the three guard llamas were crammed into the small quarantine area.  They had made it to “the other side” and were not relinquishing their newly claimed area.  Not wishing to miss out the visiting girls and their crias (a total of five alpacas) had staked their claim in the much large main female pasture which they considered was “the other side”.


The girls remained that way for the rest of the day, but when it came to evening feeding both groups forgot about the excitement of being on “the other side” and joined together to eat.  That proved to be a little confusing for the visiting girls, the alpacas love of routine throws them off kilter when they suddenly find themselves being fed in a different area.  That evening’s feed and the following mornings feed was a little bit of a challenge – but that’s another story!



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