Tuesday, May 20, 2008


Our maidens are Sommerfield and Maddie. Sommerfield is beige, Maddie black with white. Sommerfield is over a year old, and we hope to bred her this fall. Maddie will not be one until fall so we will wait until late spring (likely after the spring shows) to bred her.

At feeding time we herd the two maidens into the catch pen so that they do not steal grain from the maternity girls (pregnant or nursing). This is a picture of Zack standing in front of the catch pen. Sommerfield is stepping back to get away from Zack, Maddie is looking for the last bits of grain:

Sommerfield was curious about the camera so came right up to me. The nature of alpacas is that they are curious. But if you grab at them, that makes them feel threatened so they will not come by you. I make an effort not to grab at them (no matter how much I might want to touch that soft fiber), and in return, they are more likely to come up to me.

It is hard to get a good picture of Maddie's face. The darker fiber alpacas' features do not show up well in pictures. This one is one of the best I've seen for a head shot of Maddie:

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