Today we set out to shear our cria (the ones that have been born anyway).
Raspberry and Stormy (born June 6 & 7) are now a couple days older than 6 weeks old. Ruby (born June 16) is 5 weeks old. We prefer to shear them after 6 weeks old, but given how hot this summer was, earlier was okay with us. We really didn't want to wait another week, with another hot spell predicted.
We started with Ruby, then Raspberry, and ended with Stormy. While cute and small, they are hard to shear because they have so many small spots that need to be shorn. They really are all legs and neck. Plus, as Emma and I noted, we feel like with a full size alpaca we can put our weight into them and hold them well. We've been known to wrestle some of them. But these small little cria have no good spot to hold onto and we tend to be cautious because we wouldn't want to hurt them.
No one got injured, and all three were shorn.
We had a bit of surprise in that Raspberry matches the color chart as a Bay Black. We had wondered if she was darker than the reddish brown color that she appeared to be on the outside. We had been debating if she was dark brown, bay black or even true black. Bay Black is one color that I have wanted and we haven't had yet, so that was a nice treat!
After cleaning up I walked out to see this:
Nothing to be alarmed at, it's the two girls, the paternal half-sisters, sun bathing together.
I bet the sun feels nice on their newly shorn bodies. They love to sun bath anyway, but I bet feeling the sun soaking into their skin is an even better treat to them. And I like to see it because they are also soaking up vitamin D, something they need to grow healthy and strong.
I tried to get a picture of Stormy but he gave me the "back treatment". The "back treatment" is anytime an alpaca turns around and shows me their back side instead of looking at me when I'm talking to them. It's amazing how often they do this to me! Maybe I talk to much :)
There have been several times I was sure they were giving me the "back treatment" on purpose. I've had grown adult females do that to me after I was gone for a few days. Typically they like me but they were clear to give me their opinion of me being gone. I am always thankful for whomever fills in on farm chores when I am gone, I just hope the ladies don't give our farm helping hands the "back treatment", it kind of hurtful.