Cria season has been keeping us busy here at Pronkin' Pastures!
We started with Little Sandy Farris - a bit of a difficult delivery and a little slow to get going. We ended up bottle feeding him the first 2 days to keep him going, but since then, he's been up and running (literally, running)! We love how he is maturing and we love his sassy, silly personality.
Just as we felt good about Little Sandy Farris' progress, Janey delivered her baby. Like Tiki (Little Sandy's mom), Janey is also a first-time mama. At 337 days gestation, she delivered easily and without issue, except that her baby is the tiniest we have ever had born here - just shy of 10 pounds! Another boy, Harley (his dad is named Triumph), was born small, but healthy and robust. He was up and active right away, and looking for mama's milk...
Unfortunately, Janey's milk did not come in, so we were back to bottle feeding. Though we bottle fed powdered colostrum to Harley the first day since he was unable to nurse, we didn't feel good about how he was doing. Due to his diminutive size and lack of mom's colostrum on his first day, Harley had his first vet visit on Saturday. He was given a plasma transfusion to jumpstart his system and provide some immunity.
It's been a tough go with little Harley, but he is persistent and we will be, too, with his continued care and bottle feeding. He is now almost a week old and we are getting quite attached to him!
We had such high hopes for Janey in our breeding program, and she is proving to be a sweet and attentive mama, but because of her milking issues, this will be her only experience with motherhood. We are so disappointed.
That brings us to today! A happy day! At 342 days gestation, Serena delivered a lovely, healthy and active.... GIRL!!! Can you tell we are delighted?
Serena delivered seemingly effortlessly. She was just starting at 9:21 am and just 20 minutes later (by 9:40 am), she had delivered!
Born at a robust 15.8 pounds, baby was up and on her feet within 20 minutes and looking for milk soon after!
It's been a long day. More on baby 'Gracie' to come!
About the author:
Always an animal lover, alpacas entered my life in 2005.
I enjoy all aspects of life with alpacas - from caring for them, to training them, spinning and knitting their wonderful fiber, photographing them, and even writing about them!