Monday, June 30, 2008
Friday, June 27, 2008
Monday, June 23, 2008
We have rigged up a pen in the barn with a small opening so that he and the other young'uns can get in for constant access to supplement. I bought rolled, steamed oats yesterday and hope that he likes them. He is nibbling on grass and hay so I'm optimistic.
We are waiting for one more spring birth. This is Lady Belita on the left below ▼. Thought you might want to see what they look like very pregnant so I took this pict this morning. I have her due date marked on the calendar as this Wednesday, but she has looked huge like this for over a month. The big girl looking into the barn is Golden Shadow and that's little Chinella in between.
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Spot update - he's still not nursing from Ariana but drinks 9 ounces of cow's milk with a little Activia 5 times a day. Feeding times are 8, 11, 2, 5, and 9. Stop by and hold the bottle...... He's pretty cute 'cause when I go out and call "Spot", he comes just a running. It's hard not to cuddle and fiddle with him but the experts say not to, he needs to be an alpaca and respect 2 leggeds.
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
First of all, the little guy has a name - Spot. He has a very light fawn spot on the top of his head that is very hard to see, but that's what I'm looking at when he is taking his bottle.
We have pretty much given up on any chance of his nursing from Ariana, she's sore and not letting him near her back end. But frankly, he gives no indication that he knows the milk bar is there.
Today was the first day that he actually took the bottle nipple into his mouth without my forcing his mouth open. Remember, today is his fifth day out in the world. At this feeding he drank 6.5 ounces of cow's milk and a dallop of Activia. When we weighed him yesterday, he had gained 1/2 pound so it looks like he may just make it.
We know that something is just not right and if he were in the wild, he would not survive. If he makes it through criahood, he definitely will become a neutered fiber guy. Although his conformation is excellent and his fiber is beautiful, we would never pass along what ever it is that is making him such a slow starter.
BTW, that's our handsome herd sire, Polaris, in the background ♥☺♥ And - I just know that you are all wondering why the Scranton sweatshirt. That's the university in Pennsylvania where my son, Rob, teaches. Proud mom here.
Monday, June 16, 2008
He still isn't nursing from his mom, so we are milking mom and then bottle feeding him. The worse part is milking Ariana. She is sore and really doesn't like us fiddling around. We have an alpaca chute which we put her in that has belly bands to hold her up because she wants to cush. This morning Smitty milked 5 ounces which the little guy gobbled up. I'm having him teach me because it is tedious. Geeze, if my hands can spin they can surely milk an alpaca, wouldn'tcha think?
Mike, our vet, said to try for 3 days before we supplement, so we'll stay with it. In the meantime, I've been researching the best product to use. I'm thinking whole cow's milk with a glug of vanilla yogurt. It almost seems too easy, doesn't it? There are a ton of options like goat's milk and different powders that can be mixed up.
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Thankfully, Mike was there, repositioned the baby, and delivered HER. Note I said HER, our second girl out of the 9 born here. We are estatic! ....and she's beautiful! She weighed 19.7 pounds, gestation - 349 days. Strong, healthy, and was nursing from her mom, Celeste, within a couple of hours. The picture below is Celeste, who by the way was the only other girl born here, and her delightful cria. I think that her color is a medium fawn.
Saturday, June 7, 2008
Cast on 40, knit 2 together (20), then knit 2 together again (10) for the cute little ruffle.
Continue knitting back and forth (garter stitch) until you have about 5 yards left. Increase in each stitch (20), and in each stitch again (40) and bind off.
This is the yarn that I used for the scarf. I spun this yarn back in March from an alpaca/merino blend. First a single, sort of thick and thin. I strung tiny pearls and gold beads onto a gold flecked Woolly Nylon thread and plied, randomly sliding the beads in as I went.
Friday, June 6, 2008
If you are thinking about purchasing alpacas or just want to visit a really nice well run farm, visit Kathy and Lew Kukla in Jackson, Michigan. They have beautiful animals that they love dearly and so enjoy talking about. Although their site isn't current (get on it, Kathy) you can take a look and make connections for a farm visit here - Luka's Alpaca Ranch I now have a business partner on this alpaca investment - Beth. She drove her van to Jackson and this is her son, John (our alpaca expert) and Chinella on the way home. Chinella cushed (alpaca's unique way of tucking their feet under to rest) all the way home and being the perfect little lady that she is, she didn't relieve herself until we got here.