Do you have a passion for making things entirely by hand or appreciate it in other people? In my teens and twenties, I got a thrill out of being my own mechanic on my old '75 Mustang. Yep, I've changed a few water pumps and brake pads. I have sewn every stitch of handmade rag dolls with a needle and thread (no machine stitching), and I prefer to cook from scratch. Isn't it much more rewarding to gather family and friends to put in fence posts, and raise barns? So naturally for me, prepping the fleece, learning to spin, and then making things from the alpacas' luscious fiber is my idea of happiness! -Kaylen

Monday, June 14, 2010

Keeping the Critters Cool

This time of year we have to watch the alpacas for heat stress. Some of the things we do are to provide a few extra buckets of cool drinking water vs hot water that has been sitting in the sun, electrolytes, plenty of shade, fans and.....

Sprinklers!  Woo hoo!
The boys come running when they see one of us with the hose.
An alpaca's "thermal window" is underneath so fans and sprinklers should be used down low to cool them.

Handsome Husband setting up the fun.

Ahhhh....They also like to cush in the cool mud!
That is our new boy, SSF Peruvian Mystery, on the right.

For further reading click here for a Heat Prevention Top 10 List from Dr. David E. Anderson.

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