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Springtime 2015

Posted 5/17/2015 8:01am by Mona.

Thank you all for your kind notes, comments, and emails regarding the unfortunate loss of our lovely Alana.  I am very grateful to all of you.  :)

Spring has arrived.  The snow has melted, melted, melted, and the mud, mud, mud arrived too.  A wonderful week of sunny weather with actual springtime temperatures significantly dried up the mud.  Grass is growing and turning green.  We're slowly removing the winter tarps off the front of the barn and have opened up 'the big doors' on the sides of the awning, letting in spring's very welcome warm sunshine.  Songbirds have returned, singing their beautiful songs of love.  A cute little flycatcher is nesting above the light in the barn.  Dan has put the birdhouses back up along the fence line for the bluebirds.

Over the winter, the freezing cold heaves up the ground which heaves up the fenceposts which mis-aligns the gates.  Now that it has warmed up, the ground recedes back and once again the gates are mis-aligned.  Dan's winter and springtime chore is to move the latches up or down, usually more than once, so that the gates will shut easily.

The alpacas are all in "full fleece" now and are looking their cutest!

A few weeks ago, Candy from Eye Candy Alpacas/Wit's End Alpacas came by for a visit and to bring the pacas a gift ....... a bale of Chaffhaye.  Chaffhaye is basically chopped and fermented alfalfa hay.  It is excellent for ruminant animals and horses too.  The bale is in a thick plastic, somewhat shrink-wrapped, 50 pound bag.I opened the bag in our little tack room.  Our tack room now smells like sauerkraut.  :). Good thing I like sauerkraut.

The alpacas’ reaction to the chaffhaye was priceless.  I put a handful in Trixie's bowl and she wanted nothing to do with it.  She just sniffed once and walked away.

I stuffed an empty container of electrolytes to offer it to the boys.  Alpacas are curious yet cautious creatures especially when it comes to new food.  North was the first to approach me and check it out.  He stood just far enough away to stretch out his neck and give a good long sniff and..... instantly JUMPED back, all 4 feet off the ground, sneezing and wide-eyed.  He gave me this look of 'what the hell is that?'. One after another they slowly came over to me and they all reacted like North had.  I wish I'd had a video camera filming their reaction because it was absolutely hysterical to watch.  :).   They really made me laugh.  I really need to laugh again.

I cleaned out the catch tray on their stand up feeder and spread out the chaffhaye, then stood back and watched.  A few curious noses slowly walked up, long necks outstretched, in total sniff mode.  The first to sample the chaffhaye and deem it yummy to eat?  Desi, of course.  I spread some more out along both shelves of that feeder and along the top of the hay in the bale feeder in the barn.  Yes the barn now smells like sauerkraut.

When I returned in the evening, Trixie's bowl and the boy's feeders were licked clean.  Yup, they love the stuff!  Now to find more .......

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