It is Always Tough to be the Little Guy

| 3/7/2012 12:11:16 PM

Tags: alpaca, gelding, pecking order, Christine Byrne,

Christine Byrne head shotOur alpaca herd, all boys named after the Rat Pack, seems to have particular issues in establishing a pecking order this time of year. I can tell by the amount of accumulated alpaca spit below his ear, that poor little Joey here is getting more than his fair share of pecking. So much so, that he is also a little underweight. Joey is our youngest member of the herd and is deaf. Having been rather low on the totem pole myself when I was younger, I tend to take any excessive pecking order establishment personally. Picking on a special needs kid brings out yet another kind of wrath in me.



I am pulling Joey aside and giving him a special meal, which is resulting in snarles and glares from Dino and the rest of the gang. I chose to explain that if they would have just left the poor boy alone, they wouldn’t have this problem.


Sammy pleads his innocence and probably rightfully so. He tends to be the more laid-back member of the group, or maybe he’s just sneakier.  It's hard to say.

3/8/2012 6:32:25 PM

Christine, pecking order happens in all animals I guess. It even happens in humans. It's from that nature that bullying comes in school. Even in the work place pecking order happens. It may or may not be a spoken thing but everyone knows their order in the work ladder. Of course I only worked one career job for 41 years and the pecking order there seemed to hinge around knowledge and experience. It didn't necessarily go by age. Just the years of service mostly. Have a great alpaca day and hopefully things will come to order in the alpaca pecking order.

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