alpaca crias

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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Friday April 7, 2017

Friday, April 7, 2017  The fleeces continue to grow and I'm dreaming of all the wonderful yarn and roving we'll soon have to offer.  I looked at little Maybelline yesterday ( Miranda X Silver Lake) and her fleece IS charcoal gray and just gorgeous!  I remember wondering when she was born if we'd…
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Bottle feeding

Wednesday, November 22, 2016  Yesterday a few alpaca cam viewers emailed me about seeing me feeding a bottle to one of the babies.  Yes, that was me and yes I was. The baby is Grenada and his mom didn't have enough milk for him so I had to take over. No, it isn't fun, yes it…
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The reason for the dirt in fleeces

Monday, October 10, 2016 If you've ever walked in our pastures you might have noticed huge crater like holes.  The alpacas love these spots. Not only that, they made these spots! They love to roll in dirt (as a way to keep themselves free of parasites). So they find a weak spot in the grass and roll in it…
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Green smoothie?

Thursday, September 29, 2016  With Open Barn days now behind us the focus is back on the alpacas themselves. I like that. Today I'll test some pregnancies and hope to see more spitting. It's a not so subtle way that the girl tells the guy she is pregnant and doesn't want to see him again!  lol  I'm…
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Yay for a working rumen!

Friday, September 16, 2016  As you might know, I've been bottle feeding little Grenada and feeling a bit of stress around that whole situation.  Well, yesterday I saw a delightful sight - he's chewing cud!  Yay! That means his rumen is working and that he'll be able to digest nutrition from the hay he's been eating…
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Welcome September!

Thursday, September 1, 2016  Welcome September! It will be a busy month here as we prepare for our Fall Open Barn Days, but also a delightful time of year. We'll have cooler weather, colorful mountains, and happy animals ready to leave behind the hot days of summer. Clearing out the final fleeces from the…
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Let’s call it done!

Sunday, August 28, 2016  Mercedes finally delivered a tiny baby girl yesterday, so the birthing season is officially over at Blue Moon! The new baby is doing great and her owners happened to pull in the driveway a few seconds after she was born! They are thrilled and have named her Flavia. Congratulations Kathy and Kris! I'll get…
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August 20 and a video for you

Saturday, August 20, 2016  The new babies look good this morning and all animals seem to be enjoying our 37° morning. Me too! I am ready for fall! Summer and bugs be gone! lol One more baby left to arrive from Mercedes and then things will return to close to normal here.  I…
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My new farm helper

Wednesday, August 17, 2016  I'm just going to have to stop watching these last 2 pregnant girls.  My dear dad used to tell me "the harder you watch them, the longer you'll have to wait".  The problem is I know what can happen if there's a problem and I'm not around. Most moms do…
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Grateful for small gains

Tuesday, August 16, 2016  It's a Yaya day today, will our grandson get to witness a birth?  Our last 2 moms are sooo close, so it might happen!  Little Grenada (photo below) is making small gains now and is up to 20 pounds. I'm still closely monitoring him because his birth weight…
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Sunday Aug 14

Sunday, August 14, 2016  The fleeces are coming along, the garage has been emptied and I found some fabulous roving that I hid away a few years ago for a rainy day that I'm now spinning. No, it's not raining but it's too nice to keep it tucked away any longer. It's kind of…
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A promise is a promise

Wednesday, August 10, 2016  All alpaca babies look good this morning, that's the way I like to start my day! I promised Ed that he could have his garage back by the end of this week (it's filled with fleeces) and since I am a woman of my word, I better get that project going. Roving, yarn,…
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