12/1 Ellen Jackson offered to update the registry of animals rescued this year. The registry is important for both inclusion in donation thank you letters and IRS reporting.
12/3 baxter shared some care and handling tips:
* Put the water tub on gravel or a rough concrete pad or some rough exposed concrete pavers so the llama has to walk on it to drink. Small gravel gets in between the toes so it is better if it is larger than pea gravel. The roughness will act like a nail file and help to keep the nails trimmed.
* There is a calming shot that can be given to the llama. Some call it "llama lullaby". Injection is given by the veterinarian.
* Some use a dish towel over the eyes tucked into the halter.
* A chute with belly straps and shoulder straps.
* Hire a professional farrier.
* Desensitize the llama using a set of long wands by Marty McGee Bennett to desensitize legs, feet, and training. It is a way to touch the llama but stay out of their flight zone. (The Camelid Companion book)
* Clicker training or food reward training is a positive approach. There are some youtube videos on clicker training.
* Rescue Remedy is a homeopathic-like flower essence that is used for calming. Frequent is better than a lot. Search on "rescue remedy alpacas" to read of experiences using this Bach Flower essence.
I also have a 13-year plus rescue llama that has not been touched much and had his halter left on for years.
You are not alone. There are lots of llama/alpacas that are resistant to toenail trimming. The llama associations such as RMLA or LANA have videos to check out that are free once you join. There are also a couple of email groups that discuss general alpaca/llama behavior such as Alpacasite.
You are obviously a caring person to take in this rescue llama and to care about how he is treated.
12/3 ET Little's plans for a llama restraint chute:
A functioning chute, aside from being a huge help. It's not too difficult to build your own!
Build your chute inside a barn or shelter so it can be used anytime. It protects your chute and you in bad weather especially rain, wind and hot sun.
Dig four holes, 18 inches deep, for posts .
- Front posts are spaced 14 inches apart (inside diameter).
- Back posts are spaced 26 inches apart (inside diameter).
- Front posts to back posts is 53 inches (inside diameter).
Use four bags of post mix to set posts in the ground, one bag for each post.
Attach top rail to inside of cedar posts 40 inches from ground level using closed brackets. Use 3 inch x 1/4 inch lag screws to attach rail bracket to cedar post.
Attach bottom rail to outside of cedar post 26 inches from ground level using open brackets so rails can be removed. Use 3 inch by ¼ inch lag screws to attach rail brackets to the post. Be sure to use two washers between rail and post. This will make removing rail easier.
Attach front brace 29 inches from ground level. Use 3 inch by ¼ inch lag screws through the 2x4 into outside of cedar post. When attached cover with heavy foam padding using duct tape.
Wrap lower part of front posts with heavy foam using duct tape.
Put cleats on outside of front post 6 inches down from top rail. Attach neck cinch using 12 inch rope on both ends of the cinch. Tie rope to cleat on one end. This cinch will be used over the llama’s neck to keep it from jumping up when in the chute. Be sure to put the cinch under the rail across the llamas neck and secure on the opposite side cleat by doing a figure eight around the cleat. Do not tie this side as you will want to undo it quickly in the event you need to get the llama out of the chute.
Put cinch hooks on outside of top rail. Put three hooks on each rail. Measure 12 inches back from cedar posts and put the first hook. Place the second one 12 inches back from the first hook. Place the third one 6 inches back from the second one. This will allow you to place the cinches under different sized llamas.
Attach your heavy chain to the cinch using carabineers. Put the chain over the hook. You will be able to adjust the length just by moving up or down the chain length. The cinches will crisscross under the llamas’ belly.
You may need to get a welder to make your head rest. Center it 10 ½ inches out from front post.
12/9 A female llama was surrendered this weekend, SWLR 503, from Los Lunas. Thanks to Lynda for picking up this lone llama.
12/15 baxter inquired about a fundraising group called Flipcause. It was determined that it is not an appropriate venue for SWLR.
12/18 baxter called for a report from everyone of the approximate number of hours volunteered over the year for IRS reporting.
12/28 baxter is looking for foster or permanent adoption homes due to a major influx of rescues.