First a huge thank you to The Great and Mighty One's! Last nights blog picture of the cervical plug was not what I thought it was - thank goodness I posted the picture. I must admit the one I thought I found last year was a different colour - white and not this raspberry shade. I had an email this morning and it seems this could be a bit of retained placenta. If this is the case it must be Flamenco's and we need to keep a close eye on her. If she has trouble getting pregnant again this could be the cause and she may need a course of antibiotics. She seems fine today and I have not found any more so in the meantime the gunge has made it's way into the freezer so I can present it to the vet if need be (assuming we haven't eaten it first, thinking it is Mossop's liver!).
It has been a worrying day today - Belinda is now 360 days and this morning she fell over. I have never seen an alpaca fall over before and it is very scarey. She is still a bit wobbly on her legs and not herself. She appears to be walking a bit bow legged at the back and is unsteady but she is grazing for short times. The baby is kicking inside her like a crazy thing. She has always been a hand feeder but you can't normally go over and stroke her - she just sat there while I rubbed her neck today. There are not really any signs of imminent birth but something is going on. I almost called the vet but brought the group down to the barn instead and gave her some Camelibra and fresh hay instead. She perked up a bit so I'll see how she is in a minute. It may just be she is very tired but it all seems very odd.
A better penning solution! - After a long "family illness" and a subsequent reduction of our herd, I am back to report a more recent enhancement to Easter-Wood. One of the problems we ...
6 months ago