Monday, 20 June 2011

Noah - Walks on the wild side

Our thoughts have turned to matters nutritional.

Working on the 'what comes out must have gone in' principal they would seem to be eating their fair share of grass. I am not sure what we should expect but a hefty bucket a day between 3 of them on the output side seems fair enough to me. On top of this they have a scattering of Fibregest and Carrs twice a day and hay from nets if they want it (a lite snack on wet mornings).

Of course volume isn't everything and the paddock is more 'rough grazing' than 'lush lawn'. I have noticed the boys quite like to browse in the scrub around the building works for the shed and they do like to suck on the galvanised fittings. Why was Kenzie so keen to stick his head through the fence ?  I thought that maybe they were seeking some minerals not present in the grass.

We have not, as yet, gone to the lengths of a soil analysis to tune the drenching regime. I am not sure if this is really needed for a bachelor herd. But as the boys have had a bit of a roller-coaster over the past month I wanted to make sure that they had what they needed. So ..

1) On to the Internet to procure a supply if vitamin gel.
2) While we were at it, we bought a bucket of mineral goo for the boys.

The vitamins slipped down as a digestive would in a fine dining restaurant. In fact, I once had a little chef's 'amuse' that smelled and looked quite similar, the cost was probably the same too, low volume Alpaca meds and Michelin star menus seem to be on a par !

The bucket of goo wasn't a bucket of goo when it arrived. It was a a nice neat bucket and not really even all that sticky. The instructions lead me to believe that all things good are set solid in a handy to deploy format. All one has to do is rip the top off and put it out anywhere in the paddock for happy and newly invigorated Alpacas. We are advised not to worry about the rain, the Alpacas will gleefully drink the water off the top. Well, what actually happens is that a thick brown goo of molasses is formed.  Yes, they may well enjoy this, but they will also enjoy getting it on the concrete, the gates, themselves and each other and their owners.  Let's hope it is doing them good.

Poor Noah had us creased up laughing when we went to feed the boys this evening.  I swear he was wearing lipstick !

Noah came from Penrith CA8.
hitch-hiked his way across the Yorkshire Dales.
Plucked his eyebrows on the way
Sheared his legs and then he was a she
She says, hey babe, take a walk on the wild side
said, hey honey, take a walk on the wild side


  1. Suits you Noah, but I think you could also get away with a pink (don't worry most men are colour blind):)

  2. Hi Andy, Interesting blog as always - lovely photo of Noah. The boys sucking on the galvanised fittings may have something to do with teething. We've had similar experience of mineral buckets, neither of which interested our boys much and we got rid of them in the end. Historically, camelids wouldn't have been accustomed to lush pastures and our boys seem quite happy with rough(ish)grass with plenty of hay available and the usual supplements. Your 'output' seems about right, in our case its barrowloads! Shearing here later today! Take care. Shirley & Robbie

  3. I always knew Noah was a very special alpaca..but a he to a she is truly amazing! Bring back the cuddly little bear x

  4. Our herd love mineral sheep licks which we split in two and put in the shelters...they give a more "dusty nose" look than Noah's endearing "lippy" look! We often see them chewing them, even youngsters. We also have one female who likes tree bark (err!) and we think she may be seeking minerals. Like you, we too find that our alpacas enjoy weedy areas and choose to eat these even when there is lush pasture available!

  5. ...and all the 'coloured girls' go, "do, do,, ooh" - you need some coloured females in the herd to complete the song!

  6. Most of my alpacas love the mineral/salt licks...I out in the field shelters......just loving the Lipstick !!.....pic !! .....Jayne