Saturday, March 16, 2013
Oh Etsy, how I do love thee... I have been a member of Etsy for 7 years now. It was a fantastic discovery when I stumbled upon it in its beginning days and I believe, even with the many changes it has undergone, it is still a fantastic web site. I do know many of the stores I have marked as favorites over the years are no longer in business, but many still are and there have been many many more new stores created to fill in the voids. Please take time to shop around on Etsy. It is so huge, it can be a little overwhelming, but it is worth the time to get a feel for the site and I can promise you will discover many handmade goodies, made by individual hands, and people whose names you can see and who truly put their heart and soul into there creations. One place to browse is the Treasury. I just created a new treasury this week called Spring Romance. Here is a glimpse:
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
My little guy with the foot issue I mentioned a few blogs back seems to be doing much better. One idea we had was that his feet had gotten frost bite during an icy snow we had during February. That would explain the thick peeling skin. We had a bit of a nasty snow today so I took some time to clean his feet with a betadine wash. Then I used the hairdryer to dry them off nicely and make sure all areas of his feet were clean. We bought some little dog boots and they fit his little feet perfectly. They did a good job protecting his feet for part of the day even though I took them off when I left the farm but if you can stay on top of them, changing and drying them in between, they were a fabulous solution. I am very proud of how far this little guy has come.The peeling skin is almost completely gone and I think once Spring is in full swing, he will be running around at full speed with the rest of the cria posse.
Sunday, March 3, 2013
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Spindle Looms... Drum Carders.... FeltLooms... Rovings..... Oh, how I am dreaming of all the wonderful things that can be done with fiber. Right now I am wishing for a Drum Carder. Shearing day is fast approaching and I am really catching the fiber bug. I have had fun at shows playing with the Drum Carders on display and I think it would be fabulous to have one of my own. I enjoy needle felting and wet felting, and I have taken quite a long break from crafting, while I have been managing the alpaca farm. But, the itch to stitch and felt is coming back even stronger now that I actually own my own alpacas and will have some lovely fleeces to play with. I am contemplating the relatively inexpensive Brother Drum Carder. I think it may be just the thing to get me started.
Monday, February 25, 2013
If you do your own ultrasounds, it is really easy to go through a lot of ultrasound gel. Also, the quality of the ultrasound gel can directly impact your results. I have found this ultrasound gel on Amazon that works amazingly well and is sooo inexpensive. I highly recommend it.
Sunday, February 24, 2013
So, we had a little cria present with some very unusual foot symptoms this week. This poor little guy has had a rough go of it recently and it has not helped that he only weighed about nine and a half pounds on day two of his life. He has recently had a major weight gain slow down and has been laying around a lot. Fecals on him were not good, showing a heavy load of emac so he has been treated and cleared of those nasties. Well, we were a little concerned about his gait. Seemed like he was walking on eggshells which is a classic sign of Rickets, even though that has never been a problem on our farm and he had been receiving doses of jumpstart with careful consideration that Vitamin D can be overdosed. So we took a look at his little feet and lo and behold, we saw something we did not expect.
His little feet had a layer of skin stuck to the bottom that was peeling and leathery. He is two months old so his booties should be long gone. The best guess I can come up with so far is:
Llamas and alpacas kept in moist conditions develop “immersion foot,” characterized by footpad blistering and sloughing, with variations depending on infection by anaerobic bacteria. Debridement, antiseptics, and foot protection may be required for prolonged periods to facilitate resolution. Treatment with penicillin is always indicated unless unique bacterial isolates are involved. These cases require a relatively long healing period.
He has been treated with Naxcel for five days so my continued treatment will be betadine washes, thorough drying, and a treatment with a anti-fungal topical meds to counteract in fungal infections that may try to set in. Fingers are crossed that this little guy can come out ahead of this mess.