A Big Day on the Ranch

sunnyWell, no action on the 18th, but yesterday was a big day. Yep, we got another one. Margarita is our first alpaca (now 7 years old) and a big girl who has big, healthy crias. She was about three days late, but the birth went just fine, and fast. I had just checked her at 10:30 am and no action. Thirty minutes later I looked out the window and saw every alpaca and llama looking into the mommy’s paddock. By the time I got out of the house (30 seconds) the birth was in progress. I immediately went to our small service barn (40 ft away) to get the cria birth kit, and returned to find a 14 lb 3 oz little girl out and trying to get up. We have one more to go.

Margi is batting 1000 with four females in a row. We did have a bit of a medical issue. The umbilicus broke off flush with the belly and was open, but not bleeding. We decided to take her to OSU for a check up. The OSU doctors said surgery would not be needed, but that a wrap and tending too would be a good Idea. We have our little girl on a three week recovery program (same time frame as King) with a pressure bandage around her abdomen. As I mentioned to you in the last e-mail, our two week old little boy broke a toe a few days ago and needed medical care. His orange cast looks very sporty.

Having OSU so close is indeed a blessing. Our little girls work up, full examination, precautionary tetanus shot, bandaging and care supplies ended up costing less than $60. Kings full treatment, including a premium for after hours care, a doctor, intern and two students, plus full x-ray series ended up costing about $180. This included a full exam for King and his mother, Ananda. All of these charges include follow up visit cost. Sue and I are now having the wrist bracelets made that say “If found unconscious, take to OSU Vet Hospital.” We will just claim we are very ugly alpacas.

Gosh, when one looks at our crias, all bandaged up, it begins to look like the promotional poster for “Les Miserable’s!”

Temps are finally dropping (in the high 70’s today) to the 30’s and 40’s tomorrow. I will be working in the shelters today to make sure all is ready.