Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Paca Talk #7 is posted!


In this episode, we talk about taking a down alpaca to the veterinary hospital for an emergency.

Also, bits on the Chinese "Grass-mud horse," a brand-name candy commercial and a punk band...and yes, they all relate to alpacas.


We Need a name

Actually, we'll need 5 names this summer if all goes well.

We name our alpacas after characters in the TV show "The Simpsons." Most of you had already figured that out (El Barto, Milhouse, Manjula, etc.).

Anyone have some awesome suggestions for names for this year's batch of crias? Comment them below!


Monday, March 23, 2009

New Cria!

Cabernet had a baby this morning. He weighs in at about 15 1/2 lbs. He is about six days early, which accounts for his unsteadiness, but the vet checked him out and says everything is okey-dokey.

As of now, he doesn't have a name, but I'll be sure to post it once we settle on one.

Consuella is due April 4, and Lisa is due April 20, so we'll soon have a pack of babies playing together. Yippee!


Monday, March 16, 2009

Any minute now...

Cabernet, our big 1/2 Accoyo girl, is due any day now with a cria from Thomas of Alpaca Junction. She has a habit of delivering about two weeks early, so we are on cria watch now. We've got our cria kit ready, we watch her from the house while she's in the field. I even have Charles trained to peek at her udder to see if it's filling (a sign she's getting close).

Plus, she's as big as a whale and obviously uncomfortable. She's gone stiff-legged in her back end from the extra weight.

After she's done, Consuella and Lisa are both due in April with El Barto babies. His first baby, Majula, was born last year, and is a beauty.

Back to the window for a Cabernet check!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Alpaca Blanket Project

Alpaca News Item:

Peter and Carol Lundberg are alpaca friends of ours. This article is a little old, but the story keeps being picked up by the papers, so I thought I'd share:


We hope to interview them about the blanket project on the Paca Talk podcast ( www.pacatalk.com ) in the near future.