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 ready to be rebred 20 days after giving birth. The gestation period is about
11 1/2 months.
Rex being welcomed
All five 2020 crias have arrived, 4 boys and 1 girl. All are doing well. The first one was black Rex out of black Bathsheba's Fiona and our black Color Champion ALR Peruvian Kuno. Rex arrived at 8:45 AM after 338 days, weighing 18.9 lbs.
Nico with mom Nadia
The second cria, a white male out of our Nadia and sired by our ALR Peruvian Chasqui, was born June 3 after 367 days. He weighed 14 lbs and we named him Nico.
Tamika and Tucker
The third cria waited 350 days before presenting himself. Med. fawn New Creations Tamika's medium fawn Tucker was born July 14 around 5:30 PM. He weighed 16.7 lbs.
Mom Grace kisses Gina
On July 17, we welcomed white New Creations Grace medium fawn Gina after 360 days gestation period. She weighed 15.1 lbs.
New Creations Savanah presented us with a beige male on August 14 at 12:30 PM
after 385 days gestation, definitely the longest ever. He weighed 13.9 lbs and is looking mighty handsome at 22.9 lbs two weeks later.
Alpacas At Lone Ranch Renate & Richard Gyuro (541) 821-8071