Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Cold Michigan Mornings = Shivering Alpacas



We sheared last Thursday and then had a couple of below freezing nights and a few cold alpacas. I coated the ones who seemed the coldest. Above is Tribute (showing off behind him is little Snickers and on the other side of the fence is our other herd sire, Polaris). And on the right is JR who is still in with the girls. I know, I know, they probably would have been just fine, but it made me feel better that I could do something for them. I have to admit though, we had quite the battles getting the coats on and off.









For some reason I wanted to show you the pallets with what's left of my hay. I had 700 bales, stacked up above the windows, and this is it until Phil, my super hayman, cuts more. Fortunately, I'm not feeding much now because we have quite a bit of pasture. This picture was taken in my indoor riding arena which has now become alpaca pens and hay storage. My horse friends will recognize the dressage letters on the wall. I like to keep them up as a reminder of another era in my life.


......and this picture is for my son, Rob, who teaches at Scranton U in Pennsylvania. He asked me on the phone about JR because he couldn't tell from my blog pictures just how much he is growing. Here he's standing in front of Chinella who is a year and a half. Looks great, doesn't he? He runs and plays now and wants nothing to do with any supplement that I offer him. He does love his pellets though. I'm thinking that he should be weaned soon and go over and live with his buddy, Snickers.

7 comments:

HanamiGallery said...

aww the coats are cute. i bet it is not a lot of fun trying to get them on! hahah i like the head of the alpaca behind JR that is looking at you!hahahaha. i had a friend that went to college in scranton. i would always be angry at her because she would be off from college when they had 1 inch of snow and in syracuse we would have classes in 1 foot. hahahahaa.

ooglebloops said...

We stored our overflow hale bales in the garage(!) last year!!! Now in the process of building a pole barn, before the first cut - 600 bales are NOT going to fit in the garage!!! LOL
Cute coats on the little guys!!!

critter Lover said...

That hay was really "Palletable" !! But it is nice to see the lush green grass for the animals to feed on! Seeing Junior next to Chin, makes me realize how much he really has grown!!! He practically has a 'Rock Star" status will all who have followed his journey! The spring grass has to be the next best thing to your supplemental feedings and TLC! You Grow, Junior!!

critter Lover said...

That hay was really "Palletable" !! But it is nice to see the lush green grass for the animals to feed on! Seeing Junior next to Chin, makes me realize how much he really has grown!!! He practically has a 'Rock Star" status will all who have followed his journey! The spring grass has to be the next best thing to your supplemental feedings and TLC! You Grow, Junior!!

Merily said...

Awww, they look so cute in those jackets!

Lucy said...

That's a great use for your pallets. I made a chicken house out of some of ours! I love to reuse things. The alpacas look great. Lucy in Scotland.

Zuleika said...

They are just so sweet! They look very cute in their coats. :-)

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