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post #1001 of 1524 (permalink) Old 05-05-2016, 03:41 PM
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Love the go-go boots! Khanan would look great as a dino! Why do people strap them to a table or the ground? Kinda makes me sad.

Ruby, female ct; Killian, male vt, rescue; Liam, male, vt; Poe, male, vt; Amala, female;
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It is like an assembly line. They just wrestle them down and one or more people hold them while another uses electric clippers as fast as they can. Or.... If you have one you walk them up to a table and strap them to it. I guess because they struggle (wouldn't you?) it is all about speed and efficiency. Some people have a LOT of alpacas. I have no interest in the business side, they're my fuzzy buddies. I studied Camelid Dynamics when I first got into alpacas, it is a more natural training technique/how to relate to them. So I try to figure out what makee them comfortable amd go from there. Putting them in the "dog kennnel" keeps the herd intact and so lessens stress. So I have the 3 of them together in a small space where they can't run away but they are free to move away from me. I don't restrain them. They seem so relaxed, they just stand calmly while I trim. Sometimes Rayah even lays down... I move slow and talk to them quietly. Plus, I use hand shears which are silent.
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https://youtu.be/FYtplLBJuno
This is a shearing table... I saw one while visiting an alpaca farm. Looks frightening for the animal and those loud shears! Not my style.

And shearing on the floor.... Note they hold them by their ears at 2:30

https://youtu.be/KA8WG5j1UBk

If that was how you had to interact with alpacas I would never want one! Can't keep bettas in little bowls either though.

Here is a Camelid Dynamic event to purge your eyes from the first 2 videos, lol

https://youtu.be/Ce4gAHOVk50
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I'm too scared to look at the videos. I would be upset if I were them too.

Ruby, female ct; Killian, male vt, rescue; Liam, male, vt; Poe, male, vt; Amala, female;
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post #1005 of 1524 (permalink) Old 05-06-2016, 03:09 PM
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No wonder they don't like being touched if that's how most people handle them! I like your idea of having them all come in and hand cutting their hair off.

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I have seen worse on youtube. Alpaca halter training. Oh. My. Gosh. Alpacas in wheelbarrows because people can't get them to lead. Deep breath. It stands to reason if you seperate a herd animal from its herd it will be nervous at best.
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I saw a video where the aplac was having teeth pulled bedause he was biting other intact males. >>


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Got this guy from my mom's local Petco. She didn't even try to talk me out of another betta- number 12! He is going into the 29 gal community tank. Have him acclimating now and eating my "I got a new betta" Tiramasu celebration cake from that bagel store we stopped at when we got Smokey. Get a betta, go get a celebration Danish...or 2. Son got some amazing cake with a Cannoli on top and Daughter picked out a mint chocolate chip cake. Spent the weekend at mom's for Mothers' Day. Got pics of her sheep and bettas this time. Will share later...need to go put some new water in Psalm's cup (Daughter came up with that name and I thought it was cute). Kinda sounds like Solomon *sniff* I hope Psalm gets along as well in there as Solomon did. Guppies better not have some mysterious betta killing disease.
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Psalm looks like a beautiful Iris flower in all its glory. He approves of the tank and already tried out mosquito larva too. Said it is the best thing ever. Guppies are happy to have a betta again, the little weirdos. Psalm tried gilling them but they are not at all afraid of him so he gave up and went to exploring.
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Mom's betta tanks. Both are 16 gallon bow fronts. The one on the left houses Marlin, a king plakat. The one on the right is Skye's tank, a delta, and 5 mountain minnows.




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She has such lovely quartz crystals in her tanks. Skye likes to "lurk" between the crystals and anubias.




Mom gave us a "felting class" while there and after a few instructions we dug into her sheep wool and some of Rayah's fiber I had brought. I made a bunny! My first attempt ever felting anything. It has a black tail and feet too...and blue bead eyes. I washed it afterwards because it reeked of lanolin, a smell I am disgusted by, LOL. I need to get some felting needles...felt a little Khanan with his own fiber.


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