Alpacas are naturally programmed to give birth between the convenient hours of 9am and 2pm. Most all alpacas adhere to this schedule. This means no sleepless nights.
A noticeable filling of the dams udders is often the first sign of impending birth, occurring approximately 2 weeks before. Although there is no one certain sign of labor in an alpaca, it is usually recognized by a regular growing departure from her normal activities.
Labor and birth are usually smooth, spontaneous events. The ranchers' presence is welcomed but their assistance is usually not required. Watching a newborn alpaca struggle to a standing position within 15 minutes, and find the nipples to nurse within an hour, is a sight to behold.
Alpacas are generally ready to be rebred 21 days after giving birth. The gestation period is about 11 1/2 months.
Alpacas At Lone Ranch Renate & Richard Gyuro (541) 821-8071