But, it has been hot enough to make us concerned that the alpaca's may be getting too warm, because they still have their winter coats - and that can't be pleasant. It's a bit of a mission to get them sheared - until we find a shearer who is prepared to travel to our smallholding, we have to borrow a horsebox from our electrician in town in order to transport them to the shearer at Helderstroom Alpaca's - roughly 170kms one way.
I've read that some alpaca's like to take a dip, but, as we have them booked for shearing on Wednesday, we didn't want to lead them to the (dam) water to cool off.
So, RMan made a plan.
|"Oh, yes - I like that. I like that a lot..."|
He pulled out the hosepipe...
|"...So much so, that I think I'll just cush right next|
Alpaca's are very curious, inquisitive animals. As soon as something out of the ordinary happens, they have to take a look - whether it's happening inside their paddock, or outside. So, their toddling up to the sprinkler was a given. And standing in front of it ensures that a soaking occurs :)
|Then we put the spray sprinkler on - but Miranda|
promptly sat right on top of it. That won't help!
|Clever girl - once she had her under belly wet,|
she stood up and allowed the sides to get
As the old sprinkler wasn't turning - it was rusted up - poor Kris didn't get an eye in...
|"Might as well catch a meal whilst I'm getting a soaking"|
So, RMan removed the sprinkler, and did it by hand.
|Now that is what I call a proper wetting!|
We purchased a new sprinkler head, and today, Kris got there first, and had a private shower - all to himself.
|Kris - having his (mid) morning shower LOL|
In order not to completely waste the rain water, RMan is going to plant some fodder seeds - that way, as they get a cooling off, the seeds will get watered at the same time :)
And, hopefully, once they're sheared, they won't feel the heat quite so hectically.
Stay tuned for a before and after photo... :)