I actually don’t have too much to add today. We’re still working on the pen. Mom and I worked hard to get it done only to discover (once we’d strung all of the electric wire) that one of the corner posts had come loose from its concrete mooring and basically brought all further work to a halt (have I mentioned my rotten luck? Nothing ever goes right the first time around here). We’ll attempt to fix it and get Jerry and Milkshakes into their permanent home tomorrow – just in time for Hunter the Saanen goat to be delivered.
So far the two newbies are doing well. Jerry is rather aloof and does not like to be approached (which is fine for a guard llama) – but if you hum at him he will hum back and he has been eating hay I hold out to him. He almost ate some grain out of my hand today but little miss piglet goat bucked at my hand in an attempt to ge the grain all to her cute greedy self and it spooked him. Ah well. Tomorrow’s another day. As for miss goaty – she is like a little dog. She calls to us when she sees us, she wags her tail when we pet her and she likes to lick our skin – and maybe take the occasional nibble on our clothes or arms. The chickens have gotten used to their presence and have been sharing the hay with them.
See Roo standing there? I wouldn’t be surprised to find any of them sitting on Jerry’s back.
Speaking of hay….I think I may have ordered a *tad* too much of it.
There’s two of them. But, you know what? I’ve never ordered hay before, and I didn’t realize how big they’d be. It also didn’t help that I could barely understand the guy I bought them from, and since he was hard of hearing as well I am amazed he showed up at all, never mind with the hay. On the plus side, it is nice to open the kitchen door into the garage and have the heavenly scent of hay waft into the house rather than the usual burning oil, paint, cleaning chemicals, etc.
And they LOVE the hay!
My mother has become our farm hand – and it’s a good thing – our Mexico trip is back on and we leave next week. Mom will be caring for the chickies (still no eggs!!!) and the goaties and llama in our absence.
Paul’s company is sending us to the Riviera Maya to a resort where we also get to tour some ancient Mayan ruins – I am very stoked about that. Not so psyched to be stuffing myself into a bathing suit in November, but still. Think of the photo ops!
Lastly, and I don’t really like to get too political here but I just had to express my dismay that Virginia has taken a huge step back with regards to womens’ rights with this election. And I am not even talking about any hot button topics. Ah well. I’ll spend time with my growing herd and all will be right with the world.
There’s no such things as too much hay… its just a well stocked pantry.
And forgive me if you already know this but if you want to make friends with a llama instead of reaching out to touch with your hand stick your neck out 🙂
No really… they like to greet your face and smell your breath. They will take a long wiff if you exhale gently while they sniff your face.