Saturday, September 30, 2017
Gone are the 90 degree days of summer. Our alpacas are enjoying cooler days. There is much more frolicking on the farm. It is expected from our two crias, born this summer. North Star is now three months old and Dazel is two months old today. The babies are constantly running and playing. Occasionally, the big girls get a burst of energy and join in on the fun. It is hard to believe that babies North and Daz need to be separated soon. We will start weaning North in a couple of months. Then he will move in with the males. Our playful babies will be neighbors and maybe be bred in a few years. For now, I embrace the joy of their energy and the quiet moments when they are nursing.
North Star and Dazel
Our children and grandchildren grow so fast. Alpacas and crias grow even faster, Indy, Topaz, and Kingston are penned together. King and Topaz are two years old. My baby Indy is one. Not really “little boys, but they have grown up together, sheltered from the “big boys”. King will be moving in with the two big boys when North moves. Change is constant on the farm. In fact, Chiana, our livestock guard dog, moved in weighing a whopping twelve pounds. Today, she is ninety-seven pounds. Her and Kingston were born about the same time and have enjoyed “romping” together ever since. Their bond is quite special.
It should come as no surprise that alpacas have very different personalities, much like our children and grandchildren. Yes, they are livestock. And change is in the air.
King, Indy, and Topaz
Dazel nursing with Gypsy
Chiana at 12# s
Kingston and Chiana