6/1 New member Nancy H. told us she has 8 llamas, 3 of which are fosters from Pagosa Springs and 2 are pregnant with unknown due dates. Their arrival is eagerly awaited.
6/2 Nina gave Nancy H. a quick tutorial to help her get ready:
The book: “Llama and Alpaca Neonatal Care” by Smith, Timm, and Long is a great book to have. It was written in 1996 and has great information. I don’t know if there was a 2nd edition since. I strongly recommend this book. Do you know of anyone local with experience with pregnant llamas, crias? Do you have a local llama vet? Usually llamas will deliver in morning hours and are problem free. But It is not always that way especially when you have no history on these llamas. I kept a ready to go delivery bucket in the barn filled with everything I would need so I could grab it and run. You can get a cloth gardeners/handyman’s tool pockets that you place in/outside the bucket. On the inside I place your sheets/ towels, halter/lead, flashlight, bulky items. On the outside pockets, I place a bottle of Nolvasan, dipping container for umbilical cord, thermometer, vetwrap, gloves, hand cleaner, KY jelly, phone #’s. Don’t forget your phone and the book for reference and a watch. There are various video’s to watch on births that would be worth watching in preparation. If there are any courses/clinics on birthing, take them. Have a clean, quiet stall ready for mom and cria ready for night time so that they can bond, no one steals the colostrum, Mom gets extra nutrition and water without going far. I only put them in at night but have them out during the day for cria to run and play, the herd to welcome the new one and not stress the mom. Check new mom that teats have milk, wax off ends, cria actually nursing off teats and not on skin. Vulva will elongate prior to pending birth. Make sure placenta passes after birth and in one piece. Do not pull placenta out. A vet can do a ultrasound of your females and determine approximately how far along pregnancies are.
Also, very important after birth to have mom in sunlight as cria looks for dark spot to find the teats. Occasionally, I have had to move cria out in sunlight and mom will follow. Mostly, hands off, let mom alone unless problem is noted. Look always for NOSE & TOES first during birth but look from a distance. Most births are mid day. I watch for nursing, and peeing and pooping (after the hard turd has passed). Occasionally, a child's enema is needed for the hard turd. I keep fleet enema in my kit.
After cutting and/or tying off the umbilical cord (dental floss works), apply Betadine or similar, repeating several times first few days.
6/4 The adoption fee is updated to $275 with adjustments made for additional llamas or alpacas or special circumstances. Transport is still paid by the adopter if the adopter does not pick up the llamas directly from the forster farm or sanctuary.
6/7 2 sets of llama packing panniers are available. At least on set is Flaming Star. Contact Pat Little if interested.
6/7 baxter posted video to Facebook showing Floki walking unassisted without the cast on his front leg. He's still a little unsure but it will strengthen every day. Time out of the cast will start slow with it put back on for periods of stability.
6/13 Lynda posted pictures to Facebook of a roundup resulting in to trailer loads of llamas that will get sheared and new homes.
6/19 $91 was received this quarter from smile.amazon.com.
6/20 Pat is gifting several beautiful hand made paper-mache llamas. The tallest is about 7 ft. Pick up in New Mexico.
6/22 Network for good sent $423 from several anonymous donations. It will be used for feed, vet bills and transport.
6/28 A picture was posted of mom and her cria of unknown age with a question about when to wean. The answer was that she looked to be as much as a year old and further information was given about possible shearing and the need for other llamas for company.
6/29 3 beautiful older female llamas were surrendered today. They were delivered by their owners who donated $500 towards their care. They have been loved and well taken care of by the owners who are downsizing to a smaller property with no room for llamas.