Saturday 12 September 2015
Wasp's Alpacas And A Blackberry Picker
This was suppose to be yesterdays post, but I was busy busy and didn't get it done.
After the fiasco with the wasp I did a bit of research into a Bee friendly wasp trap
and yesterday morning get set straight away making one
Cut the top off a plastic bottle, I had to hunt round in the bin for one that came from some of our visitors
invert the top into the base and make a hole on each side very carefully I sliced my finger open with the knife
push a stick through and tie a bit of sting on for a handle, now the bait is the important stuff, this time of year lemon juice water and sugar, the bees wont go to it because of the lemon juice but wasps will you can use vinegar instead of lemon juice, early summer the bait to use is meat as the wasps are hunting for protein to feed there young, the trap has to emptied on a regular basis, they say to burn the wasps as they can still sting or add them to the compost heap.
An update on baby Kara
She is growing into a lovely young Alpaca, she has a good stance with knees together
This past week we have noticed she is starting to eat grass although mum is still he main source of food. She will feed of mum for about another 7-8 months.
Her best playmate is Liberty
They are often hanging out together, both are very inquisitive and friendly.
I just thought I would show you this
My foot on the left, Adult alpaca poo and Kara's little offering at the top like a big blackberry
poo picking every day gives us the opportunity to spot if there was any digestive problems with any one and also helps to prevent the build up of parasites in the paddocks.
They use a communal dung area the girls have about 3 or 4 areas and the boys have a couple.
What is Sol up to
He has found the delights of foraging
And now helps himself to Blackberries on his walk, does anyone elses dog do this? in summer it was wild strawberries and blueberries.
I have been busy busy in the cabin building up some stock for the Autumn fair in a few weeks, also selling lots of shop stock, I feel like I am chasing my tail a bit.
Chimney sweep is due tomorrow and Monday the goats should be arriving.
have a good week end :-)
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