Burdock and Alpacas

zootjs(zone 5 MA)October 23, 2011

Burdock and alpacas don't mix....

Any tips for getting rid of the mattes? Cutting them with scissors works, but it's slow going, and I wonder if there's another tool to speed things up.

I've got three alpacas, and have just had them for a few months. My plan is to have them sheared, so I don't have shearing gear, but I wonder if there are a couple relatively inexpensive tools that will help with maintenance?


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Is burdock like thistle?

Those things get in our animals hair. No real trick to getting them out... we just tug the hair away from the seed & then go on our yearly thistle killing spree.


    Bookmark   November 11, 2011 at 5:35PM
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zootjs(zone 5 MA)

Burdock is similarly obnoxious to thistle. Not as sharp, but more prolific, in my experience, and more difficult to eradicate.

    Bookmark   November 12, 2011 at 9:04AM
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When we were young, my sister made a 'crown' out of burdock burrs and put them right on her head (she also did that with a windup train, and it didn't go well). My mom had to cut them out of her hair. Except using vegetable oil to make a huge mess, I'd guess you'd have to cut them out.

    Bookmark   January 6, 2012 at 7:32PM
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