We've been waiting a long time for Baxter to arrive, and it's still a little surreal that he is here! He is the very first cria (baby alpaca) to be born on our farm.
We know you enjoy watching his activities and antics as much as we do! He is so much fun to have around and he can't wait to have a friend close to his age to play with (he can't seem to get his aunties to race around the paddock with him.
He'll have a new playmate soon since we are expecting our second cria in early June with Amity. Being the 1st cria for us, the night of Baxter's arrival was both exciting and nerve-wracking, yet it turned out to be a textbook perfect birth. Based on that experience, it gives us a baseline for when our next cria arrives. Our hope is that Amity's cria delivers as easily as Summer's did.
Alpacas generally don't have birthing issues, but that doesn't mean things cannot go wrong. The birth itself could be difficult, the cria could be breech, etc., but the key is to prepare for anything and hope you need as little intervention as possible. Here are some of the things we have ready and waiting:
There are also certain actions that need to happen within the first 24 hours for cria to start off life successfully:
One of the most challenging things to do when all you want is to pick up that cute new baby alpaca, is to be as hands-off as possible. This way, mother and baby bond with each other instead of you. You may have to step in briefly since alpacas don't lick their cria once they're born. I found it necessary to dry Baxter off and keep him warm with a hairdryer since he was born on a chilly April day.
Amity is due in a little over a month with our next cria, so the temperature should be less of an issue. We are ready and looking forward to his/her arrival. Baxter will not have long to wait for his playmate to arrive.