Yup, we're in the midst of the hottest time of year here. January, February and March are v-e-r-y warm in our area. My poor gem squash, butternut and pumpkins are taking strain...
Last week, the temperature hit 36oC in the shade.
|According to the pool thermometer|
which I have hanging outside the kitchen
door it was 36oC in the shade
As this is the first summer that we have had to care for alpaca's we have been concerned as to how they would handle the heat. They are of the camelid family, but, unlike their northern african relatives in the Sahara Desert, they originate from the much cooler, higher ground of the Andes Mountains in South America.
Thankfully, both Miranda and Kris have realised what those two funny "buildings" are that they both have access to. They are not only there to offer them protection from the rain (which they still have to realise) but they are an excellent source of shade LOL
Even with their IBR (galvanised) roof sheeting.
|As you can see, the gaps in the walls make the|
stable pretty "airy" - that'll still be good for
winter, as they will have their new fleece to keep
them warm, whilst the walls and roof will keep
them out of the rain and dry.
But, last week in particular, RMan felt sorry for them.
I reckon it's a case of RMan's maternal instincts coming to the fore...? <grin>
|RMan to the rescue...|
So, he pulled out the hosepipe and proceeded to give them a sprinkler session. Spraying them with water on their backs, especially when their fleece is long and thick, makes their heat discomfort worse, as the heat gets trapped under the wet layer of fleece on top.
|I think she's telling Kris on the other side of|
the fence that he'll have to wait his turn...?
|"More ,I want more..."|
Okay, then I'll just cush in / on it...
Poor Kris - he had to wait 10 minutes for
his turn. He won't cush in it, but he loves to have
his lower chest and tummy soaked by the
hosepipe in RMan's hand...
10 minutes sorted her out, and then it was Kris' turn.
How do cows (especially the black ones), sheep and goats handle the heat, I wonder? There are certainly too many in the average herd to give them individual sprinklers to cool off in... LOL