Friday 15 January 2016
Life Goes On And Plans
After the shock of yesterday, life continues on the homestead.
Thank you all for your kind comments.
Kara is still taking her milk with gusto now from the bottle
This is the milk we are making up for her
If the goats were in milk we could have given her goats milk
Cows milk is not suitable.
200grms of powder
mixed with 1lt of boiled warm water,
her bottle only takes 500ml so we have to refill through the feed, I could have bought a bigger bottle but this works fine, she is only taking 800ml twice a day
when you consider a week ago we were lucky to get a couple of 50ml syringes into her a day its an improvement.
Her Aunties are looking out for her and they all sleep around her at night in the shelter as if to protect her, staying with the herd is the best thing for her.
The next step will be to try and get her to take the milk from a bucket, once we succeed with that we can start adding some of the Alpaca supplement pellets to it and start reducing the milk until its just sloppy supplement she is having.
Its going to be a long process, the other Cria didn't start eating food supplements until they were 8 months, Kara is only 4 months, a local farmer suggested seeing if she would just take the milk powder as with lambs they sometimes get them onto the dried powder, it seemed a good idea then I realised a problem, Alpacas don't lick they cant protrude there tongues so that wouldn't work.
If anyone has any suggestions ideas or advice please say, I don't have any issues with being offered advice or suggestions not just Alpacas but on any subject. Even if its something I cant use some-one else may be able to. I am all for sharing knowledge no-one can know everything.
We haven't heard any more from the vet but she did say that results would come through in drips and drabs. It could just be coincidental losing them both so close together,, Daffodil went down and passed away a couple of days later, Liberty just went suddenly over night totally unexpected.
Other news, We went into Swansea this morning to pick up my sewing machine, saved me a trip net week, Martin took Sol down the beach yesterday afternoon and collected more Cockles
He is cooking them for dinner tonight.
I had a little distraction time in the cabin yesterday details on my craft blog, and spent a little time in there today trying out my sewing machine.
I am spending the evening having a bit of quiet time in front of the fire.
This is one of the books I got Martin for Christmas
He has been dipping in and out of it, we are looking at taking some lambs and fattening them for market, one of the plans for the new land,
We had this card arrive the other week
We didn't know the people it came from, A friend who had two turkeys from us took one to his in laws over Christmas
It was so nice to hear they enjoyed the Turkey, we have had feed back from others as well and everyone has said they were really tasty, we are now talking about doing some again this year.
It all brings in a income.
We had a lovely fall of snow overnight at the same time as the snow came down it started thundering and there was some lovely dramatic lightening, today has been cold occasional snow hail showers.