Friday, 24 April 2009

We are Weaning !!!.......











I have been quite busy over this week, preparing my weaning pens, it took me nearly all day to sort things out. Eventually, I had managed to make good my divides and secure the weaning area ready for the big day.....after my last ordeal with you know who, with the ear tag. I knew that it would be traumatic, no doubt sprinkled with spit !......
So I braced myself for the moment...... without going into repetitive detail, yes there was lots of Spit....... growling and screaming.......no not by ME !!...... I'll have you know I was swift with the separation, although there was a little chasing around the barn...... I only did a few laps !

I managed, so I decided that I would do my other chores and check on the babies a little later, yes you've guessed it, I had an escapee ..... Zanubis, I revised my weaning area, I had to go through the separation business all over again..... !!!

I persevered...... battened down the hatches and braved the mighty onslaught of Minstrel again.........yes I was spat at, she was not amused..........neither was I.

However I triumphed in the end.

So we are now officially weaning, albeit it a little later than would have hoped. I was delayed due to a bit of a back strain.

We have also acquainted, Zakhura and Zanubis with the head collars.......its all a bit traumatic, at one point the babies did have a bit of a sulk and a 'sit-in'.....but we got over that little hurdle. The first lead reigning was not liked by Zakhura, she fought the halter, however Zanubis was a little better..........this is the 3rd day into the new regime and the lead reigning is going quite well...... I even was photographed through the porch window leading the babies in for bed......

2 comments:

Debbie said...

Weaning is sooooooo traumatic isn't it. I really don't like doing it but they soon get used to it don't they - well most of them!

Well done on the halter work, my youngsters this year have been much harder work than last years.

Zanzibah Alpacas said...

Hi Debbie....I've had a bit of night-time catching trouble, but we are getting there....we are getting the hang of it !!...I dread weaning but the girls are good...the very next day they had forgotten about the babies and made no fuss at all......Jayne