We have one more new addition to the farm. Last August we had a tragedy, 8 of our chickens were murdered by a wily coyote! We had been free ranging them in the pasture with the rams and the coyote dug under the fence at the very back of the property. I was coming home from Samantha's horse therapy and I noticed a strange looking dog walking down the middle of the street with a bird in its mouth. Now we have a lot of wild turkeys in our area, and once I figured out it was a coyote I figured it was one of the wild turkeys. Not. The stinker had killed 8 of our chickens, 6 were only about 5 months old and 2 were our 2 year old hens. Uggg!
I started worrying about when we would have lambs on the property, they would be very vulnerable to a coyote. So, we started researching how to make our property more predator safe. We settled on a llama.
We purchased our llama, Anik, from Judy Glaser of Rockwood Llama's here in Kiowa. She is doing a great job watching over our ewes. She got a little confused after we sheared the sheep, we put the ewes back into their paddock and she started to get between the unsheared ewes and the newly sheared ewes! She didn't recognize them, she had to do a few good sniffs before she relaxed her guard.
Anik has been a great addition to our little place. Judy is planning on showing her fleece this summer at Estes Park. We look forward to see how she is doing.