alpaca breeding

Sunday January 28, 2017

Sunday January 28, 2018 It’s a cloudy dreary morning at the ranch but all is well.  Actually overcast skies are the best for photography so I might just take advantage of the situation and try for some new  photo opportunities. I’m starting to look for cria movements in some of…
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Fuddlemuss!

Friday December 29, 2017  We've been having a bit of fun with a word I invented yesterday.  Fuddlemuss. The week between Christmas and New Years when you're never sure what day it is.  ha! So are you going anywhere for Fuddlemuss?  Do you leave your tree up during Fuddlemuss? What…
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Confirming pregnancies?

Tuesday December 19, 2017  Lately I find myself checking for fetal movement while looking at some of the girls. It's probably too early to see anything but it's fun to be looking again.  Sometimes I never see movement at all, and one day there's nose and toes poking out under her…
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Tuesday September 26, 2017

Tuesday September 26, 2017  Yesterday I reclaimed my kitchen. It had been buried under yarn, yarn labels, curing bars of soap, soap labels, loofah soaps and more. Throw in a hefty dose of dog toys scattered all over and well,  you get the idea. But it has been reclaimed. :)…
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Romulus in action

Saturday August 12,2017 Visitors coming today, of course, it's Saturday! :) We got 3 new bags of yarn back last night, they look wonderful and I can't wait to see them in the sunlight today. I still have about a dozen more bags to get prepped and ready to send in…
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Sunday August 6

Sunday August 6, 2017  Oh I think we made some beautiful babies yesterday. Well at least the boys had fun trying. Romulus has definitely figured out his "job", SilverLake had a date with Patchouli and Stetson and Piper lasted longer than them all. lol  Zariah seems to be pregnant from…
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August 1, 2017

Tuesday, August 1, 2017  So Vesuvio and Bronson have a new home, they both walked nicely with us to the trailer, loading was OK, then Bronson changed his mind and tried to jump out. (it was a horse trailer with a large-ish opening at the top) Oh my. After a…
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Pregnancy testing

Thursday, July 27, 2017  Today I need to test some of the alpaca pregnancies that we hopefully started a few weeks ago. I prefer behavior testing to see how the female reacts to the male. Sometimes that can get rather complicated because I'm not breeding all the girls and many…
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Makin’ babies!

Friday, July 7, 2017 We had a big success here yesterday as 2 of our new stud males were brought over to meet the girls. Both Romulus and Mojo performed like pros!  Very often the boys inspire each other with their orgling (the sound a male makes when breeding) and…
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Missing the babies?

Monday, June 26, 2017  We started raising alpacas in 1998 and every single year since then we've had babies born in the summer ... except for this year. So how does it feel? Do I miss those adorable babies and being able to witness the miracle of birth? Of course,…
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A giraffe?

Sunday, April 2, 2017  Have you been watching April the giraffe as she prepares to give birth? I've been checking on her since February! If you don't know what I'm talking about, do  a quick google search and you'll find her. She's been showing signs of eminent delivery for the…
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March 25

Saturday, March 25, 2017  We have visitors coming this afternoon so we're hoping the rain doesn't show up till later this evening. But I'll tell ya what - that rain is sure making things green up beautifully around here. So we'll use umbrellas if we need them. ☂️ Update on…
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A visit from the vet

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 When a male alpaca will not be used for breeding, and his behavior is telling me he is waayyyyy too interested in the girls, there's only one thing to do. Snip snip. Many of our non breeding boys get to keep all their ahem, parts, but Rusty…
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Alpacas 101

Saturday, February 25, 2017  Today we are hosting an Alpacas 101 class for people who might be curious about owning alpacas. The class is full, and we're excited to share information about these amazing creatures who share our lives at Blue Moon Ranch. It's a whopping 1 degree here this morning, but the snow has stopped and…
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