Tuesday, 29 November 2011
Zorba...waiting just before his injection ! He's a lovely natured boy ...
What a weekend.....definitely winter out there....
Swollen still but alot less inflamed, I hope the treatment works and he's soon better !
This morning I had to give Zorba one of his 5 injections, thankfully his is a lovely boy and I managed to do this better than I had thought !
I decided to tie him up in the corner, then so he couldn't pre-empt my moment of the injection, I put a towel over his head.....its not nice having to give the injections but it went really well. Tomorrow I will do it on the other side....to try not to make one side too sore !
I managed to take a photo for those who are interested.....the redness has calmed down alot, but the swelling is still there.....mind you, it has reduced for sure.
We were battered by horrendous weather over the weekend, so I thought Id share a photo..looking out of the porch window......sleet showers and 80mph gales.....what a weekend.
Well it never rains but it pours...and sadly things usually happen in threes......tonight when I brought the girls in for bed, I noticed that Pacosha had a really sore eye, needless to say she has had some anti-biotic cream put in there tonight so I hope she feels easier....I think she might have poked it, we are in full nurse mode at the moment !!
I have been thinking about what has happened to Zorba....and I was wondering, if he had either been stung or maybe even bitten by something.....
Its definitely a mystery.
Monday, 28 November 2011
This morning when I went to let the boys out.....unfortunately things hand not improved as much as I might have liked with Zorba....
So there was nothing else for it to have a second opinion and I rang the vet, ......Zorba was still really swollen and although he looked happy enough and bright eyed.....as most of us know...these alpacas are very good at hiding their problems. I was pleased that I had given him an injection overnight to help him fight any infection issues.
Thankfully, I have recently changed vets and the vet who came to check Zorba over is actually very interested in alpacas and has worked with them in the past, which was good.
After careful checking, she could not find anything other than the obvious, he was given extra anti-inflammatory injections(Metacam) and more antibiotics(Noroclav).....I have to follow this up with 5 more injections over the next 5 days.
We are hoping for a big improvement, there appeared to be no real indications as to why this has happened, so its a bit of a mystery at the moment......
He has been out with the others today, I am watching him like a hawk. I have to report back to the vets in a few days.....tonight I do think that there is maybe little less inflammation, lets hope the injections are working and I'm hoping for more improvement overnight.
Its a real mystery, but at least I know that he has been given treatment to make him more comfortable, I'm just hoping that he continues to improve.....
Its always worrying when things like this happen....and there is no 'rime no reason' to it !!
Wish me luck with the rest of the injections........I will have to manage.....somehow !!
Sunday, 27 November 2011
Zorba, this summer.....with the boys !
Spot....TPT !....that is one mad Turkey !!
The cows...wind break !.....one bale missing...as they had wrecked it overnight, before it could be stacked !!
What a weekend.....gale force winds and sleet showers...just to remind you that we are nearly into December.
We have been battered by winds of up to 80mph....it was so windy on Saturday that I could not open the big barn door, when the wind is so strong I struggle with keeping a hold of it.
Thankfully today the wind had died down a little and I managed to get the door open.....this brings me onto an idea.....which will no doubt be on the 'to do list' very soon....
I'm going to make a pedestrian door, within one of the big barn doors....this will mean when its really windy, I won;t have to struggle with the big door. Which means the alpacas and me can get in and out without risking being blown away !
I have opened a couple of my haylage bales.....the horses have tried one bale, they loved it.
Yesterday, I used Ruby to put a bale out for the cows....who are as I type enjoying a nice bale of haylage.
It has turned out great, smells lovely and everyone even the alpacas seem to give it the seal of approval !
This was a bit of a trial, which seems to have paid off....we have about 70 bales to use, so there is plenty to go around. I hope to do more of the same next year, as not only is it much better for Molly my horse with the dust allergy......it means that I don't have to use part of the barn to stack it....which gives me more room for the animals.
Winter is well and truly here......and we are hopefully as prepared as can be.
I have noticed that Zorba has been off colour lately...he has just been not right, I have been watching him, and he has been spending lots of time....just lying in the field......he is still eating well.....but tonight....I suspect he has an infection, in the gentleman's department.....after monitoring him....today....I have given him an anti-biotic injection...which I hope will make him much more comfortable....I'm hoping to see a big improvement in him tomorrow....he is a lovely boy.....very kind natured, he let me tie him up tonight to check him over and give him his injection.......its times like this...I'm grateful for having the facilities that I have.....the barn, the light....and well....when you know your animals....you just know when they're not well.
I hope that he is much more comfortable tonight !
Tuesday, 22 November 2011
Zimushka ....and the babies.....
Stravinsky......some where under there is an 'Elite' white alpaca !!!!
Baby Love !.....Zoretah !
It has been quiet here in Zanzibah Land.
We are just ticking along at the moment, taking things easy..or at least trying...that's the plan anyway !
Thankfully the animals are all fine, the girls have settled into their field for the winter. Its hard to believe that in a mater of months it will be time for weaning.
The weather is being kind for mid November which makes a nice change, this time last year we had snow !!
Talking of snow....my snow chains have arrived....well their not chains, as such...there a new generation of snow chain...so we are slightly more prepared this year, than last.....I wonder if I will get the chance to use them....!!!
I had an alpaca moment this evening....sitting on a bucket in the barn...with the girls and babies.....its just a great way to life your spirits.....a lovely cuddle with Zoretah...and Zadi~Blanca....makes it all worth while....
Ruby is getting acquainted with the mud ! I have used her to move some hay/straw. My parents have gone back home....the next time I see them....it will be for the Christmas Holidays.
So for the moment its just a case of making the most of what you got !!
Saturday, 12 November 2011
Special delivery...all the way from Wetherby to Aberdeenshire......Siromer 304 arrives safely !
Scary moment.....just coming down the ramps....then the rear bucket....fell off the back ! just missing the new car !!!!
What a load....' Where there's a will....There's a way...... !
Just Great .........!
Just before......the Siromer...is unloaded ....!
It has bee a quite week here at Zanzibah Land !
I have been feeling unwell most of the week, however I have managed to still get a few little jobs done !
As I have been off colour, I have been having a bit of a think.....about making my life easier, last weekend I managed to muck out the new wooden barn with the big tractor, however there is only about an inch either side of the tractor and its very tight indeed....but I managed.
However this lead me to thinking...long and hard about making my life easier..now most of my heavier jobs entail mucking out the barns......and I decided that I needed a smaller tractor for this job.......I have decided to probably sell Daisy the digger as she really isn't used as much as I might like to use her....anyway being only a two wheel drive she is quite restricted in the snow for the winter....and I can't really use her to dig myself out ! I have done quite a few jobs with her and she has been a great asset, I will be sad to see her go !
But......to take her place I have bought a little Siromer Compact tractor....she is a 304 model...28hp with a front loader, bucket and muck forks......optional 2 or 4 wheel drive and semi-hydrostatic forward and reverse.....she's great !
Only problem....is that she was for sale.......down near Weatherby ....problem...is how do you get a tractor......best part of 360 miles up to Aberdeenshire.......Aye you guessed it.........the Hit Squad.....came to the rescue !!
No rest for the wicked in their retirement.....tractor viewed, trailer sourced and hired.......and back to collect the little Siromer....she is know as 'Red'.....the guys who owned her...Nick and James...mainly used her for chopping logs......and I must say I take my hat off to Nick who did a great job of squeezing her onto the trailer......infact....there was no room at all and the muck bucket was hanging over the front of the trailer, thankfully the front trailer board came off.......the rear bucket was jammed at the back...under the front wheels and the front loader arms...were actually outside of the trailer......then it was a case of a long haul....from Co Durham all the way up to Aberdeenshire......the journey took about 10 hours.......everything was going great up to Perth.........when the trailer had a blow out.....and my parents had to detour to a garage for a replacement tyre......thankfully they arrived safe and sound....and still attached to the trailer and tractor still firmly tied on......about 6pm last night....
Today we have spent...most of the time.....getting acquainted with ....'Ruby Red' ..she is lovely.......there was a scary moment...when I had to drive her off the trailer.......after some starting issues and having a quick chat with Nick.....we were off !! I drove down the ramp really slowly.....and then there was a massive clank !! I looked round to see that the muck bucket with forks...had fallen off the back of the trailer......and wedged thankfully between the trailer hitch.....phew how lucky was that.....as my mam and dad have just got a new car......that would have been a right old disaster.....after getting this far....safely.....I never thought about it falling off...as I hadn't put the bucket on......and none of use gave it a second thought......that was a close call....!!
I don't think the new car would have been quite the same with a massive muck bucket stuck in the back...somehow !
Ah..well, all's well that ends well !.....I managed to drive 'Ruby Red' off the trailer without any more mishaps.....and she is parked in the barn tonight....we have done a bit of a service......checking oil/water levels and generally having a good play.
I have also moved the alpacas back to their previous arrangements...the girls are back in the 3 acre field and come into the big barn at night...the boys are back in the 6 acre field and are coming into the new wooden barn.....the Nick Nacks are as usual at least until early part of next year when the weaning begins...then they will join the baby group.
So....after a quiet start to the week, it has turned out to be quite an exciting end.....the little Siromer is fantastic....she will help me a great deal...she is big enough to load the muck spreader, strong enough to do some of the work required round here......and nimble enough to muck the barns out with ease...especially with the semi-hydrostatic gears.......much easier than having to drive in and out of forward and reverse.....just change direction with the push of a handle......with ease....!
I'm feeling slightly better today after quite a miserable week......my parents are just great, helping me without any hint of a bother......and frankly I cannot thank them enough....just goes to show...what you can achieve with a willing heart....and a desire to help !
So all that remains to be said is a 'Great Big .....Thank-you' to my parents.......in times of need.....well your real friends or family are.....never too far away.....are they...!!
Sunday, 6 November 2011
Zirrius and Zadi~Blanca.....
Baby line up ......
The Nick Nacks...growing up nicely....Wellground Vital Spark(L) and Wellground Stravinsky (R)
It has been another busy weekend.....what with one thing and another....
Once again we have been graced with nice weather especially for this time of the year....!!
I have managed to arrange the bales in the cows field.....there was only one casualty....that was obviously been attacked by the cows....!! Hopefully this will make a good enough wind break to shelter the cows when the weather is bad.
I have also managed to move the trailers up to near the fence line...and take the tape down that was dividing the field to keep the cows off while it was growing for the hay crop.....the cows have wandered onto the nice green grass.....and I shall collect the remainder of the posts and tape up tomorrow....
On Saturday, I managed to muck out the barn where the boys live....so this is nice, clean and cosy for now......
Also today I took a little time out after moving the bales...to introduce a lady to the art of spinning....I had a contact via the Internet..from a lady who was looking for a spinning course.....I offered to help teach her how to spin....and this afternoon we met up and did just that........so I think you could say its been a busy weekend......
I'm planning on having a day off tomorrow.....that's the idea any way.....!!
Unless.....I find myself....chopping a few more logs.....!!!
Wednesday, 2 November 2011
Guess who !!......this photo is taken with a good camera !....and a skilled photographer....not me !
The babies......Zirrius, Zoretah, Zimushka, Zadi~Blanca and Zirrianna !!
Chickens do the strangest things !!...I was visiting Anna and one of her chickens 'Sadie' decided to sit on my bonnet !!
Me and some of the gang......
I have been busy with some winter preparations....
Today I received most of my straw that will be needed for the winter. I have spent most of the afternoon re-arranging the barn moving various bales of hay and straw that were opened out of the way in order to make room for the new straw which I have stacked, packed and put back the stuff that was being used......so I now have a full barn once again....there is 24 bales of hay, 12 bales of straw in the main barn on one side....along with the adult boys and the Nick Nacks on the other side......of one half of the barn, the other is always open for the horses to use as they need to....
Now, in the new wooden barn extension....there is 36 bales of hay along with 4 bales of straw...on one side....and across from the entrance to the main barn is where the girls and the babies live......basically we are full to capacity....!!
Just as well we managed to get the extension done on the wooden barn in time for the onset of winter.....
All that remains for me to do is stack some 'rapeseed straw' that will make a good wind break for my Highland Cows to provide shelter for them over the winter months.....its a bit of an idea I had to make a shelter for them......and tonight I had delivered 24 bales of this stuff....so if the weather is dry.....I shall be busy placing this in a strategic position.......that's providing the cows haven't trashed it overnight.......!!
Dougal has a bit of a habit of sticking his horns into any hay or straw....and he often wears it on his head.....I will find out tomorrow...if he has been playing with the bales....or if they have been rolled round the field overnight !!
I have wanted to do something for them for the last couple of winters.....as its really quite bleak when the wind is blowing at minus what ever temperatures.
I have managed to chop about half of the logs ready for the winter...and when I get a spare hour, I shall be trying to get the rest of them chopped and stacked.
Also on the 'to do' list is mucking out the boys side of the barn.......before I start to deep litter the horses side for the winter......
As its now November.....it will only be a couple of weeks before I get the chance to have a look at the Haylage......then I will find out if it has been a disaster or a success.....mind you, the horses are not needing to be supplemented at the moment.....so it might be slightly longer before I actually break into the bales......I'm really quite interested to find out....just how it has turned out........I do hope its a success for Molly more than anyone else.....as she is my horse that seems to have a dust allergy !
I have treated myself to a new wheelbarrow.......as there was a big hole in the bottom of the other one.......which I had patched with an old feed bag.....and my mam was having a bit of a moan at the state of the wheelbarrow when she was here.....so we are all posh now with a shiny new galvanised one.........I can't complain as the other one had done lots of work.....and it had seen better days !!
A bit like myself.........I guess !!