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A Llady’s Secret

11 Jul

I am still trying to decide if Maybeline and Odie are pregnant and when they might have a cria.  I mentioned a bit ago that Maybeline was standing by herself in the barn.  I’d been noticing this quite a bit.  I also keep peeking at her teats to see if there is any swelling.  I thought I saw some swelling the other day, so I googled signs that my llama was going to give birth.  Between that information from Shagbark Ridge Llamas and information from other sources, here’s what I’ve learned about signs a llama is about to give birth.

Isolating from the herd: I already mentioned she was doing this.  They say it something that a llama will do two to three weeks before having her baby.

Maybeline

Swelling of the teats:  I’m trying to tell.  I just can’t tell for sure.

Elongating of the vulva:  Um.  It’s hard to see a llama’s vulva beneath a floofy tail.  I will say though, she’s been holding her tail up quite a bit, and I managed to snap a picture.

Maybeline

Poor Odie had me pull her tail up for the comparison.  I’m thinking it could be elongated.  I’m not sure.

Odie for comparison

Another one is frequent trips to the poop pile without doing anything.  Could be.  But I’m not sure.  Lying on her side:

Is that a baby bump?

Usually, llamas spend most of their time lying like Aurora below.  You’ll also see that Odie is flopped out on her side, so I’m not sure that means anything other than the fact that they were enjoying the sunshine..

Seriously.  Maybeline is getting tired of me sneaking up and peeking at her.

Those ears say it all.  “Quit looking at my llady parts; I’m not telling my secrets.”

In addition to these signs, I have to keep in mind that llamas are different from cows or goats.  They are more like April the giraffe.  The cria will dangle and be born slowly to help drain the fluids from the baby’s lungs.  Llamas also have some ability to choose when they give birth.  This (and a bag that keeps the baby relatively dry compared to other animals) is an adaptation for giving birth in the high mountains.  Along with that, they supposedly only give birth during the day.  These are the craziest animals ever!

Back to Guessing

10 May

I put Tony with Maybeline and Odie just after the first of July.

Maybeline and Odie

Now I get to wonder if they are bred.  I have no idea with Maybeline because she was so horrible we couldn’t ultrasound her last October, so she could have a cria anytime after the first of July.  Or maybe she’s not bred.

Maybeline

Odie was open when we did an ultrasound in October, but we say him breed her shortly after, so she could be due the second half of October through November.

Odie

He was only with Aurora for two weeks when he was not feeling well at all, so I assume she’s open.

Tony showing off for Aurora (and Maybeline in back)

These girls have already proven that they put their ears back and spit at all guys.  They are snooty broads.

But you never know.  Maybe they are going to have crias.

Maybeline, Aurora and Odie

Only time will tell if we’re going to have a cria.

The Llamas

5 Sep

The llamas are getting wooly.  That makes it hard for me to tell how Aurora’s weight is progressing.

Aurora

I’ve thought about calling the vets from Iowa State to come check her just to make sure I’m still doing things right.  She’s not eating as much of the llama feed, and I can’t decide if her weight is okay or not.

It would also give me a chance to have them look at Maybeline and Odie and do ultrasounds on them.

Odie

If mood is any indication, Maybeline has been rather cranky lately.

Maybeline

I know Tony is a proven stud.  He wants to do his job.

Tony

But these two are just not cooperative.  I would like to know if I can move him with the bucks and let Aurora back with the other girls and fun things like that.

Then I just have to worry about whether or not Buster will be nice to Tony.

Buster Brown

How can these animal personalities be as hard to deal with as human personalities?