Oh what a gorgeous spring like day today!
Yesterday’s storm was rainy and yucky but not at all as horrible as predicted. The little road to the barn is very muddy this morning but most of the ice is gone so I could walk down quickly, not inch along like I’ve had to do. The pathway in the paddock is still pretty icy and the mud is slippery but at least it’s just a short path to the tack room. It’s warm enough today that I didn’t have to lug jugs of hot tap water. I just used the water pump in the barn, wow!
And the alpacas are enjoying this burst of warmth too. Dan had put some straw down on one end of the paddock for the boys to cush on a few weeks ago and the sunshine today has dried it up nicely. Straw from the barn has also blown out, so now there’s a really large cushing area for them. They seem to be basking in shifts. This morning Guinness, Bo, and Coty were all out for hours, and now it’s Julio and Arlo. Last night their fleeces were all wet and muddy with hay and straw stuck all over them. Today they all look so much cleaner.
The rest of the paddock is an absolute muddy mess and this is where they’ve now decided is their poop pile of choice, all of it! Better than inside the barn. Last year when figuring out how to deal with the mud (i.e. drainage), it was suggested to us that the paddock area be considered a ‘sacrifice area.’ A sacrifice area is where no grass is grown and instead just stonedust or cement blocks, etc. is used. It sounded like a great idea and clearly worked for that farm. So what did we do? We brought in loam and planted grass! Once spring is really here we will move all that loam and bring in stonedust.
There’s so much still to learn! But having a great time ..............