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20 March 2007 @ 11:42 am
Having a bit of a problem this morning.

Yesterday, we gave all the crias their AD&E vitamin shots. They did fine, it went quickly.
This morning, my mom found Mystique(aka Tofu - 5 months old) laying on the ground. She didn't get up when she got close, and had to shake her before she got up at all. This is... not normal. Normal would have been for her to get up as soon as she saw my mom coming in the pasture.
She walked slowly, with a slight limp in her hind left. She looked almost dazed and disoriented.
Sooo... we called the vet.

He came by at 10am. By then, she seemed like she was doing better, she got up on her own, walked around, ate a little. But she still didn't seem normal. We caught her pretty easily, the vet looked her over, took her temp. She was up to 102 degrees... not too high, but considering it's a cold, rainy morning, it should have been lower. So the vet gave her Banamine(pain killer type thing).
This is were it got even more interesting.
We let her go, she walked off and started rolling(in the poop pile, go figure) and breathing really hard, her eyes all wide. I went over to get her to stand, she got up and ran away(normal). But then she got back down, and started rolling again. The vet said she was rolling against the shoulder from the Banamine, but it just seemed off. Her dam(Catalina) came up to her, and started pawing at her. This is defiantly a sign that something's not right... From what I've noticed, the pawing thing is to try to get her up on her feet. I tried getting close again, and Catalina spit on me. Very protective.

The vet said she should be fine. Her initial reaction may have been from the AD&E shot. The generic brand we were using has a different preservative alcohol in it(which can cause some irritation). So he recommended a different brand. Her temp and slight limp probably from the shot as well. The rolling and stressing probably came from the shot of Banamine, just because she was already not feeling well, and the shot stressed her out more. He said she may be stiff for a few days, up to a week, though.

So we'll keep a watch on her today, make sure she eats and take her temp again tonight before the sun goes down. If it's still elevated, we'll give her another dose of Banamine. If she gets worse... we'll get the vet out here again.

Cross your fingers for us.
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Current Mood: worriedworried
12 March 2007 @ 10:25 pm
One hour old
Born at 1:27pm this afternoon. I was lucky to see it, since I'd decided at 11:30 that nothing was likely to happen today. It's a female, but unfortunately has a large spot. Never mind — it adds to its uniqueness and charm, if not its value!

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20 February 2007 @ 03:37 pm

For more info  and colors available check out my website at http://jcrquilts.tripod.com
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14 February 2007 @ 01:07 pm
Well, my first alpacas have arrived. We're boarding, so I've only had a chance to visit them twice, but I am very pleased with both of them. They're fine with being haltered, led, and generally messed with.
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They're a mother-daughter pair, ages 9 years and 18 months. Mom is a 1/2 Peruvian, 1/2 Chilean gal; daughter is 1/8 Bolivian, 1/4 Chilean and the rest Peruvian with Hemingway and Caligula bloodlines. Both are BEWs, and I think they are absolutely gorgeous!
12 February 2007 @ 10:19 pm

At around noon today, Lacey gave birth to a medium brown, 14 lb, tiny little boy!
FINALLY!! We've been on constant cria-watch for two weeks, on a dam who kept showing stage 1 labor signs. The vet came out last friday to make sure everything was going as it should, since it seemed like she was having contractions, but nothing was happening. She was fine... he said it was probably just pains from the cria getting into the labor position.

But anyway!
He's doing great. He stood after 20 minutes of birth. His dam is just wonderful, very attentive with plenty of milk. After about 4 hours, he was running around his dam in the birthing pen. Too cute for words!
We named him "Sir George"... his sire's name is Sir Andrew, so it fit nicely.

As I'm sure most of you are tired of hearing about him, here's a cute picture of him sleeping!
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(Let me know if you guys want that under a cut.)

Sad news... that's the last cria for the season, until August. We had 3 girls, and two boys. Good times!
Current Mood: happyhappy
18 January 2007 @ 04:50 pm
I was wondering if there was a good "learn to skirt fleece or fiber" website out there. I'm trying to get my huacaya's first shearing fiber ready for show and tell, but I seem to be wrecking the structure of the lock-clumps. If I can't do the huacaya, I don't even want to think about the suri.
13 January 2007 @ 08:10 pm
Today I took my daughter to a museum and I thought this was really funny... even though its a Llama.

27 December 2006 @ 06:41 pm
The best gifts I've received since Trinity arrived. Well, one of them did. From what I understand the other one is coming Friday.

The Complete Alpaca book. It's just hundreds of pages of history, bone structure, feed requirements, blood serum levels and it's so much more text-book-y and explanitory than anything else I've read on these great animals. It's not as in-depth as I was hoping on the skeleton and stuff, but it definately answered my agony of the alpaca/llama link (check the enamal, it's key).

Then Friday the Evan's Field Manual comes. It's the one that has dosages and more a veterinary approach to the animal. I'm looking forward to this, especially since my vet is super nice to me and answers all my questions. She was in the same boat I'm currently in college wise a few years ago. She switched from a very well respected profession to veterinary work for the love of her llamas.

xposted on my journal.
Current Mood: ecstaticecstatic
08 December 2006 @ 09:35 pm
I cannot afford to invest in a female for the breeding program I want for my future farm but I thought of an alternative way to enter the alpaca world and learn as much as possible. Buy a fiber quality male and board him at a local alpaca farm. Then I can learn all about caring for him and also the fiber and maybe showing?

What do you guys think?

30 November 2006 @ 06:25 pm
For those who haven't seen it, here's the alpaca song.