Sunday, June 26, 2011

Preparation

It is amazing what you can get shipped through the mail from California to Canada.  I was soooo relieved that my "stuff" got through Customs fine and found it's way to my door just prior to the Canada Post labour stoppage.

 Now, before the helicopters start doing a sweep of my back 40 acres, I'll fess up.

 It's Lactation Stimulator herbal blend for the pregnant alpacas.  The two alpacas that are due to deliver are first time moms.  Better safe than sorry, I started adding these herbs to their pellet supplement prior to them delivering.

Alpacas are known for having easy births and great mothering instincts.  However, I try to be prepared with all the goodies I might need in case there are problems.

That includes the book that has seen me through 8 years of alpaca births, "Llama and Alpaca Neonatal Care" by B. Smith, K. Timm and P. Long.   It has a checklist of everything to watch for during labour, including general timelines of stages of labour.  It also has diagrams of difficult positioned cria and how to resolve with manipulations if necessary.  I dig it out every year, just in case.

And then we wait...and wait....and check under tails....and postpone hair appointments...and wait...and check the calendar wondering if we made a mistake.

6 comments:

Leigh said...

I love that you mix herbs with their food. I've been doing the same for my goats, researching and trying to find good supplements for them. A good hedge on their health is always well worth it.

Azure Islands Designs said...

It doesn't surprise me that you do special things for your alpacas...you just that kind of person!

Pray to the sun god for this Saturday...it is the Strawberry Festival!

Cheers

Wooly Knits n Bits said...

More good advice! You're the best Norma!

Norma from Misty Haven Alpacas said...

Proof is in the pudding with the little milk moustache sighted today! More on that later...I promise ;)

Norma from Misty Haven Alpacas said...

Oh - Heather - I ate a full quart of strawberries on Saturday after last market! Paid dearly, since I'm slightly allergic to them ;) Oh, it was worth it. D-Licious!
N

luckybunny said...

How interesting Norma and what a great idea to do this for your Alpacas. I got a laugh when I read your comment about eating a full quart of strawberries! I bet they were gooood!