We have had very many happy times here and with our alpacas and other animals but just now they are getting increasingly hard to remember. More sadness today which is making me wonder what on earth I am doing here. I seem to be having bad alpaca times at the moment and have got into a bit of a pit where it feels like only me and everyone else is doing really well which makes me wonder if I am cut out for this.
Cassie tried to give birth in thunder, rain, hail and a brisk wind today. Within an hour the head was out but no feet and the head did not look right - not deformed in any way but white, blind eyes and patches of fleece missing. Half an hour later the neck was coming but no feet. I called her and she followed me down to the barn and Sam and I took turns to get up to our elbows inside trying to locate legs - great chunks of fleece kept rubbing off and coming out on our arms. Finally, we discovered it was in a kush position with one back leg forward and somehow it's bottom end curled forward. I managed to push the head almost back in and Sam managed to get the front legs forward. Finally it emerged but very dead - no amount of swinging, blowing, tickling, rubbing made any difference. I think it had been dead some time and it was fairly bald. A good size brown boy, perfectly formed but eyes looked not developed and fleece coming off. Afterbirth was huge and complete but odd - looked like it was dead if such a thing is possible.
Cassie didn't take much notice of the cria but was quite attached to the afterbirth - I had to remove that though but have left her with her baby for now.
I think I had best retire from the blog until I have more positive events - the way things are going it could be a while!
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