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Birthing Doesn't Get Much Easier

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. 

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