Friday 9 October 2015
Not For The Squemish (warning)
Today was the day for the Nick Nack and Odd Job
We arrange for the vet to come out and do the castration deed.
There was two reasons for having this done,
the two boys had some nasty domination fights and after inflicting harm on each other they had to be separated, I could not justify any further injury's or even death.
The second reason Alpacas are herd animals I don't want to get into breeding endless Alpacas and if they all run together the girls would be worn down by constant attention and births.
We started the day with getting the boys into there pens all spread with nice new clean straw
Nick Nack wasn't happy being penned and tried to go over the hurdle, I think he could sense something was going on, so I went in to harness and tether him and I came off worse as he threw me against the fence
very unlike him he is usually very placid, this is my arm fairly sore that got wacked against the top wire.
The vet arrived with her assistant and we got to work
It took a while for Nick Nack to go under and they had to give him some extra, its hard to judge the weight of an Alpaca.
after a quick shave it was to the business in hand
then it was time to sleep it off, Nick Nack looked so cute sleeping in his bed of straw.
It was then on to Odd Job, he got sleepy straight away and didnt put up any resistance, the vet who was very chatty is very experianced with Alpacas, she gave them a nail trim as well, her assistant who was with her came from USA she is over her training as a vet, it was her first meeting with Alpacas, she left veternarian collage 4 weeks ago and this is her first placement.
I was expecting them to use purple spray after the op but they used a spray that looks like liquid metal, it has an aliminum base to it, it seals the area completly from flies and keeps the wound area sterile underneath.
Within half an hour the boys were back on there feet still a bit woozy and after an hour they were eating, a couple of months time they will be able to join the girls and be one herd together.
This afternoon we had to re-clip the turkeys wings they have gone through moult and there feather had re-grown.
They are very fast on there feet, so armed with a keep net it was Martins job to chase and catch and I did the clipping
Its a fairly easy job to do, we clip there wings to stop them flying up into the trees to roost.
That was all our fun and games today, I do hope you havent been offend with this post.