Man, today was kind of cool but very busy. It was a kind of day that Mom calls a lazy Sunday. Although I don’t really know why because we were anything but lazy.
Dad and I started the Day by working all the animals. We have birthing season right around the corner. In one month we should have babies either on the ground or about to hit the ground. So we worked all the Mommas. They had their feet trimmed and got wormed if they needed it and just got a good once over.
Pup helped me but he really didn’t even care to see the sheep or goats. He just sat with me and then went in his working kennel and went to sleep. (A working kennel is a hard kennel that is put where ever he is so that if Thing go wrong, he gets scared or tired he can get in and be safe) Check him out … he wasn’t excited or anything …
The Alpaca Seem to be doing fine. At least at this point, they seem to be holding steady. They also, seem to be more active but that we believe is due to an “experimental” treatment we gave them. We worked with our Vet and as many of you know the issue we are having with the Alpacas is anemia. As many of you know we have no idea what the under lying cause for the anemia is. We have ruled out so many things with test and a necropsy. So Instead of just sitting and waiting to lose another Alpaca, under the guidance of our Vet, we did something. Before we say what we did, we are going to say this … using medications off label for uses not for their intended purpose is illegal and we only did so with the guidance and advice of our Vet.
So what did we do? Well, Most know anemia is a disorder of the blood. Most also know Iron is good for blood. The problem is that there are no iron products on the market labeled for Alpaca. So we ended up giving our Alpaca Pig medication. Yup, you got it … We gave them a shot in the form of a Pig Iron injection. Now, did it help the Alpaca? Well, we had noticed our alpaca were starting to lay down alot. That is a sign that they were getting anemic. Anyone who has ever lost a large amount of blood knows you are very tired for sometime afterwards. As of this morning however they are starting to again come running for their feed. I know it is a small step but we believe it is a step in the right direction.
After working all the animals Cinnamon got to join everyone in the pastures. She still is sporting her cone but she is happy and running amuck with the others. As you can see here she is loving it …
After that Dad and I came in to a large Lunch of breakfast foods. Mom had made sausage and bacon to go along with her from scratch pancakes, homemade butter and homemade syrup. The pancakes were even made with the butter milk left by the home made butter.
That meal gave Dad and I the energy to get the wood chopped and ricked that we brought in the last time we went and cut a load. We topped the afternoon off with a round or two of roping. Mom cleaned the house, did dishes and laundry, did some mending and made a sold out sign for the Egg sign.
Not only was that a full day of work for me but now it is your turn to get a bit of work in. I mentioned before we have a month before lambing/kidding season… Well, I need to know what everyone wants to use as a convection for the babies this year. So please make a comment and get your suggestions in so we can get to voting … This year I will not start the season without a convection in place.