Todays title is directed at Les from Wellground Alpaca Stud. She said that I was in danger of turning into mad chicken woman and it has really happened. I don't feel bad about it though as I realise that most of our customers feel the same. I get sent photographs from customers showing me our girls in their new homes and yesterday a lady was kissing and stroking her new birds before they went into their box for the journey. There is no doubt that those pekins are going to be spoilt. She didn't laugh when I said that I give the chickens Ready Brek made with water during the cold weather to keep them warm. Her husband did, but that was only because she does the same.
It's not so bad with alpacas as we give ongoing support to anybody who buys from us so we get to see them on a regular basis. Actually what I am trying to do here is prepare myself for putting these two cute boys up for sale, Condor and Piper are great friends and I would really like them to stay together. They will be up on our website tomorrow when I update the sales list. They are both halter trained and walk quite happily side by side.
We have been topping up the alpacas with alfalfa mixed with their concentrate during the cold weather but we had two of this years babies refusing to eat hard feed. One of ours, Bonnie, and one belonging to a client. I got advice from Rosemary of Westhill Alpacas and it worked on the little boy that doesn't belong to us but Bonnie stubbornly refused to give in and I was getting really worried about her as there isn't much nourishment in the grass at this time of year. They are getting fed twice a day in the barn and she would just stand there while all the others tucked in. We resorted to holding the two refuseniks back when we let all of the others out in the hope that they would eat once they were hungry. Bonnie would just stand there looking at us but the little boy got his first taste of alfalfa and was addicted. He now gets as aggressive as a baby can when the food is put out and is first with his nose in the feeder. Bonnie finally gave in this morning eating so daintily, it seemed to take an age but the alpaca crack got her too and this evening she couldn't wait for their dinner to be put out. I now have two babies pushing the bigger animals out of the way to get to the troughs.