The Newest Addition to Hilltop

Jun. 26, 2016

Our second Cria was born at 8:30pm on Thursday 23rd June. A girl called Blanchett - dark brown fleece. The whole birthing process took almost an hour and a half, which according to one expert, is pretty normal. Mother and baby are both doing fine and Bronson, the first born is also thrilled with his new companion.

Blanchett weighed in at 8kg, 1kg lighter than Bronson but still looks smashing. The weather has been cooler and wetter these last few days and so Blanchett has been weating a Cria Coat to keep her warm and dry.

She is easy to rub down as demonstrated by one of our recent visitors, a three year old girl, who walked right up and rubbed down the little Cria without her flinching or moving.

Although Bronson (our first born) is only four weeks old now, he looks almost have grown-up already.

All is well here at Hilltop and we hope it continues like. Until next time.



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The Same But Different

Jun. 14, 2016

Our second lady alpaca was due to give birth today but alas nothing happened. The two adults were due to be shorn tomorrow but that has now been postponed for up to two weeks. But that suits because it would in my opinion be better to wait until Astra gives birth.

Bronson, our first born is thriving and has begun nibbling at grass. He has learned so much in two weeks and has grown incredibly quickly. He is still very playful and it would be possible to while away an hour with him without knowing it. We can't wait to see how he reacts when the new Cria arrives. He will have someone his own age to play with and it should be great to watch them running and doing what young alpacas do, whatever that is.

I'll let you know as soon as there is any change on the new arrival.


New Kid On The Block

Jun. 6, 2016

Eight days on from his birth and Bronson is thriving. Alpacas feed their young themselves. Bronson's mother is very protective of him, but his noseyness cannot keep him away from us. He comes over to sniff us and we sometimes bring him, his mother (Apollo) and Astra (our lady in waiting) into their shelter and rub them down and talk to them. Generally they like the attention.

On his birth, Bronson was 9.5kg in weight and eight days on he has weighed in at 12kg. You can almost see him growing day by day. The photo attached to this piece was taken today 6th June. Its hard to believe that he is as young as he is.

At the moment he is copying everything his mother does. And even though he is unable to digest food yet, he is trying to eat grass just to be like Apollo. 

You could spend any amount of time watching them out in their paddock and its amazing what you can learn just by observing these docile animals.

The Special One?

Jun. 1, 2016

At 21:15 on Sunday 29th May, Brosnan was born. The birth itself was fine, except that alpacas normally give birth between 12 midday and sometime in the mid-afternoon. One of the signs of an on-coming birth is that the pregnant alpaca will not eat or will eat very little. Our wonder-lady eat her normal portion of nuts and chomped away at the grass. She did seem out of sorts and even to us as first-timers and Catrions was expecting an out of the ordinary time birth. At nine o'clock I went up to the field to see how the mother-to-be was, and I noticed she was straining in the middle of the field and I knew what was happening...Catriona and the girls came up and we all witnessed the birth of Brosnan, a 9kg whopper. The picture here shows him a few moments after his entry into our world. Two days on and he is running, jogging and walking around beside his proud mother. 

I have to thank Paul McDonnell from Hushabye Farm who talked me through the important parts of the birth and made it much easier for me. But even he was caught by thge timing of the birth.

Visitors have come to se him and he is loving the attention. He is a gorgeous rose-grey colour which he gets from his grand-mother. 

Now we are waiting for our second lady to prodece. She is due thirteen days from today. The excitement here is still on high.

I'll keep you updated.


A few false alarms

May. 26, 2016

Being first-timers, every movement makes me believe that the next morning will be the one our first lady will give birth to her Cria. Having scoured websites and alpaca farmers' information from around the world, you'd think you have gathered all the information you need to know it all. Not true, not even close. We will only know what happens when the time actually comes. She (Apollo) is now two days over her due date at the time of writing this. The excitement is crazy and the waiting for the first big alpaca day is eating away at me. i just can't wait. Hopefelly she decided to go for it soon and put us out of our waiting misery.