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A late alpaca arrival
In the previous episode, I mentioned I was giving up on the last three potentially pregnant alpacas. Just to prove me wrong, Olwyn gave birth the following day! A month late and late afternoon.
Wenna, a beautiful brown female is now happily running around in the field.
It was a late afternoon birth - never a good start and we are still having some feeding issues to work through with her and her mum. A coat overnight and top-up bottles are keeping me busy, together with lots of watching with a measure of anxiety and concern. It is sometimes like that.
We do what we can - and keep going.
Can you be right every time?
It is not possible to always know the answer and the right thing to do. But this podcast can help you to lean in the right direction. To learn as we go, making the best decisions we can.
I guess we will always be a work in progress.
Listen in for a catch up on life in the valley with the alpacas.
What does it mean
Catch up on the valley happenings and musings.
Cria behaviour - nature or nurture?
A little bit of sad news and the change of season seems to be here - Autumn for us in the UK and Spring in Australia.
Sitting about with the alpacas
Cria, like most babies, seem to turn up when they are ready. More waiting means more sitting around with the alpacas - which is quite a treat actually.
We name the cria by taking the next letter in the alphabet and since we have the herd name of Welsh Valley Alpacas, we have a book of Welsh baby names to help us. Some letters are limited (or don't exist) and some are plentiful for male/female but not the other way around.
So far we have:
Still waiting on a few...
Millie the alpaca matriarch is a bit of a stick in the mud
Millie had an adventure - as did we all. And this one needed the assistance of the Fire and Rescue Service - to whom I am immensely grateful.
It could have been very different, but we are all well thanks to the knowledge, experience and equipment of the https://www.mawwfire.gov.uk/eng/your-area/swansea/ (Fire and Rescue Service from Morriston and Swansea Central). Thank you.
There are some pictures on the website at https://alpacatribe.com/podcast138 (https://alpacatribe.com/podcast138)
Meanwhile, this week on the cria front, we welcomed Perl, daughter of Iona. She is a beautiful light fawn and doing well. The boys are being such boys in the way they are playing and looking for mischief - male and female cria do play very differently.
More to come - thanks for being here.
Always keep an eye on your alpacas - you just never know
I spent some time with the girls after mucking out and topping up the water. There seemed to be a fair bit of talking, even though they were pretty laid back.
After all the talk and lots of watching - nothing to show. But the next day was a different story...
Born too near the edge we temporarily lost the newborn cria off the edge of the path but thankfully we saw enough and heard enough to know there was a drama unfolding. Safely resolved, Nidian has had a good first day with lots of feeds - always a welcome sight.
Video of the rescue: https://vimeo.com/589073355/e93f765187 (https://vimeo.com/589073355/e93f765187)
I love the episodes on building confidence with alpaca. It’s the little things we often forget when we’ve gotten caught up in life. He has a soothing voice and reminds me why I like alpaca even when they spit in my face as they have their nightly dinner disagreements. I would love some episodes that provide a deeper dive into management etc for fellow alpaca owners.
I do not own an alpaca but I may have seen one in person!
I love this podcast because it has a quiet and kind sensibility toward life that I find to be very enjoyable. I can apply these reflections easily to my own.
Podcast 116 emphasizes the coming of spring and separating the weaned young ones from their mothers. A shift in ones own life can be like this. Grief and puzzlement followed by a sense of freedom and a new day. Sunlight. Thank you.
Inspiring and Soothing
Even though I am not an alpaca owner, I find this podcast to be engaging. Steve has a welcoming, yet commanding approach as he dives into each episode. Steve provides plenty of delightfully endearing moments and details about the alpacas, showing just how much he cares about them. You won’t be disappointed.