Coming into the birthing season of 2012, I wasn't really sure how many of my girls got pregnant and retained that pregnancy. When we did our shearing on April 13, it was a perfect time to get a closer look. Upon inspection we are indeed going to have crias.
Out of the 8 girls that were bred last year, 5 are clearly pregnant. It’s so cool because it’s so much easier to tell now that their fiber
has been sheared. As the due date gets closer, the baby becomes more and more active. Sometimes it’s merely a kick. Sometimes I've actually seen where a leg has moved across the dams belly.
An alpaca is normally pregnant for 11 1/2 to 12 months. So we will begin cria watch on May 20. That will be 11 months and generally anything can happen at any time from thereafter. So keep watching for updates and check back often!!
I'm just praying for a healthy happy birthing season and I'll have lots of pics to share with YOU!