Friday 13 May 2011

Our new arrival

Like everyone else I was unable to blog last night, sorry to all those who were dying to see Mallika's new baby.  Yes she had it yesterday morning, those of you who don't follow our Twitter might of missed it.

Well here she is, yes another little girl, so we're making up for all boy lambs, three female cria so far. 
She is massive, really chunky and extremely active.  She's must have been born around 5am as she was already born and kushed when I arrived.  I don't mind missing a birth if all goes according to plan though and despite Princess Mallika being a maiden and the baby weighing 9.17kg all went well.

The photo's aren't the best quality because I was having to use my phone.  I did have the camera but the batteries went flat as soon as I switched it on.

Last night I had to do a bit of moving about as today we were supposed to be shearing, the forecast wasn't good so I wanted to move the weanlings into the bigger shelter so at least they would be dry(ish).  With everyone penned in I decided to take one good walker and one not so good each time.

On the first trip was Lucia and Freyja, after half an hour of coaxing, pushing and dragging Freyja I gave up and let her off the halter and went to get a slightly more compliant youngster as a black cloud was approaching.

Half way there  with Lucia and Pearson and Rory somehow managed to get through the fence.  Having been in this field for weeks and penned in exactly the same place on numerous occasions why on earth he decided to escape last night I don't know, other than I was on my own with lots of things to try and do and they could see I was getting stressed.

By 10.30pm the weanlings were all shut in!!  Need I say more.

Unfortunately the Friday the 13th jinx struck today and the weather wasn't on our side.  Just after 7am the heavens opened.  We had a brief pause shortly after 8 so we managed to get the weanlings sheared, here is Freyja having her go.

12 down 26 to go sometime soon; I hope!


Apple Vale Alpacas said...

Congratulations on the cria - nice early birth - expect yoou're shattered, what with the shearing too.

Unknown said...

Congratulations. It was worth the wait to see the pics, she looks lovely.

Zanzibah Alpacas said...

Wow...fantastic....another little girl.....!! Thats the way to find them.....Congratulations....and is it that time of year already !!...shearing....its all happening at Barnacre !!.......Jayne

Cotswold Vale Alpacas said...

Congratualtions on the new arrival, and girl well done, what an early arrival!! But at least she arrived safe and sound. All that watching and waiting and they go and do it while your not there!!

Typical british weather!! hope you manage to get them all done soon.


Unknown said...

Congratulations...lets hope them girls just keep on coming!

Rob @ Wellground said...

Girls, Girls, Girls. Thats great news Debbie. Congratulations indeed. We started with three boys this year, you must have found the secret. Do tell ;o))