It’s NOT Looking Good for the Baby Alpaca!

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  • Kelly Estes

    Whopper is on a caffeine high from that chocolate chip cookie 🍪🤣

  • Rowdy motmot Cat

    You might flip a coin and the winner gets first choice of hunting time. I truly think Dolly looks pregnant. You might need a vet check just to make sure the baby is still viable so it does not cause Dolly any problems.

  • Brian Hillis

    Wooper was showing he is fast food. Love seeing animals happy.

  • Jeff Cotton

    The gestation period is, on an average, 11.5 months, Females are induced ovulators; the act of mating and the presence of semen causes them to ovulate. Females usually conceive after just one breeding, but occasionally do have trouble conceiving. It is not advisable to allow a young female to be bred until she is mature and has reached two-thirds of her mature weight. They do not come into heat, but have a cycle of a different sort–hormones in the female alpaca stimulate both follicles within the ovary–The mature follicle forms a corpus luteum or CL that can be seen in an ultrasound and its size can indicate the readiness of the female to become pregnant.
    Do the research and try not to make assumptions. Lots of good info on breeding alpacas on the internet.

    • Mikari Draws

      yes thank you for saying this! the male should have been haltered and not let out with the females, and the little cria should not have a baby till at least a year and a half two years old. Not only that but should they wait longer to breed tina again. They need a bit more research looking on the AAA (australian alpaca association) can help. as said before the male should have a friend before he becomes aggressive. alpacas should also never be kept alone even if it’s in the next paddock they need two more friends! alpacas need to be kept in groups of three or more no less.

    • Melissa Jarvis

      @Mikari Draws Lucy is 18 months. That’s a year and a half. But, I agree that they need to do more research and learn more about them from different sources before making certain decisions. They’re possibly a bit complacent because they’ve had some previous experience with other types of livestock.

    • Melissa Jarvis

      @Geneva Henderson Sorry, I was in a bit of a rush and didn’t word things the best. I probably should have said “I’m slightly wondering” instead of “I’m suspicious,” which is too strong. Yes, this is a good family. And, they definitely shouldn’t need to do this for views. (I wish I ‘d made that point, too.) But, I’ve also seen Dutch wear off a bit on them and on Kevin and Rachel. They are also going through a big change with Daniel home all the time and YouTube becoming their big revenue maker. But, most of all, I probably shouldn’t have said anything about it! I’m just frustrated at their obvious lack of research and knowledge about the alpacas (and donkeys) and their willingness to just wing it on these things, trusting to their general knowledge of goats and cattle. At the least, they should have called their vet. A decent vet will gladly answer basic questions about gestation, etc. over the phone, and will help determine when it would be important to bring them in, etc.

    • Kim G

      @Melissa Jarvis I don’t like the remark you made about click bait. Sorry, but I completely disagree. They are good people, and get plenty of views for that reason alone . They don’t have to use underhanded tactics for views. But, thats your opinion, and I have given mine, along with the reasoning behind it. We can just agree to disagree.

    • Melissa Jarvis

      @Kim G Okay… First, did you also read my comment to Geneva Henderson, which is right above yours, in the thread? I admitted to being in a rush and because of that, not saying things in quite the way I would have, given more time. In fact, I even said I should not have written my comment. I will apologize here for using the trigger words click bait. That was a poor choice.
      That said, I really didn’t go into why I wrote that I thought their video title (especially for them) was “on the verge of being click bait.” Why do I think it is misleading? Because when I read the title “Things Do Not Look Good for the Baby Alpaca,” it immediately brought/brings up several thoughts of upcoming emergency/ sad scenarios and their accompanying emotions.
      First, I worried that the baby had already been born and was doing very poorly. And, then the next scenarios were that the baby hadn’t been born yet and the mother was either in distress (such as toxemia or prolonged labor) or showing signs of fetal death.
      So, as I clicked on the video, I was expecting Daniel to come on and talk about what had happened, what steps he’d taken to help, and either what his vet had said, or to tell us the vet was on the way. I did NOT expect Daniel and DJ to show us a happy (well, she seemed happy until they put Rufus in, lol!), healthy Dolly. No noticeable foul discharge. Just a not quite ready to deliver her baby, pregnant alpaca.
      So she hasn’t bagged up yet? All that means is that she isn’t ready yet. But, she also isn’t overdue… which would be cause for worry. I still feel justified in saying that the video’s title really doesn’t match with its content. There is no emergency or even reason to suspect that the cria/fetus isn’t doing well. If they have concerns, they should be talking to an experienced alpaca mentor and/ or their vet. And doing some more of their own research.
      That said, I will agree that the title probably does accurately reflect DJ’s worries about the baby. Again, getting some professional, experienced advice would help with that.
      I hope this helped you better understand my thinking on this. Peace!

  • Honey Hollow Homestead

    Keep tabs on the donkeys’ feet with feeding them all that grain. If they start to look like it hurts to walk, you could have a foundering issue.

  • Janice Fioravanti

    Your daughters faces in this video are great love how silly she is

  • Farmer Fpv

    WHopper is the cutest damn hamburger I’ve ever seen, seriously he’s adorable, how old is Whopper? He’s got such a sweet goofy disposition. Kinda like he’s a dog trapped in a cows body lol.

    • Lydia Blankenship


    • Farmer Fpv

      @Lydia Blankenship Love his hops! 😂

    • Rebecca Jones

      Yes:-) His last cow was a sweetheart and playful too! I’m not against raising your own need at all, but when they turn out so full of happiness I think I’d keep him around as a buddy or at least sell to the highest YouTube bidder and buy a cow to butcher:-)

    • Jon Mcclane

      @Rebecca Jones Yes, that would be nice but the whole point is to grow your own food. You know what your getting, so if they bought a cow to butcher then you dont know what your getting. BIG MAC I would not have been able to sent him to the butchers. I would have had to start all over again. He has a problem! He’s way too good with his animals and they all turned out great but for jerk face and the crazy cow. Both of them he got and not raised.
      P.S. this new cow/bull/steer is looks like he’s going to have a great personality and it’s a shame for him not to be able to see him year after year.

  • Scott Tovey

    If you think your Alpaca should be pregnant, then take her back to the vet to make sure nothing bad is going on.
    You won’t know anything for sure without a vet giving her a proper examination.
    You’ll kick yourself if she needs medical treatment and you don’t take her in.

  • Kelly A Gilbert

    Just a thought if Dolly is preggo you DO NOT want Rufus trying to breed her it can cause her the abort her baby !! Not a good thing to have him in with her.

  • Cotton Top

    I’m with Dee Jay, a trip to the vet for Miss Dollie.

  • Donna * Lovin’ Texas

    If no interest is a clue…Dolly is definitely pregnant. She took off like a rocket! Lol

  • Jayne Skidmore

    I so enjoyed watching Whopper running. He was just like a little kid who had been kept indoors for a long time on his first day of vacation, outside, lol. Made me smile.

  • JOI

    I found this for you.
    With alpaca birthing, the alpaca’s gestation period averages 11.5 months, but may vary from 11 to 12 months. Any cria born earlier could well need extra help. We tend to bring our heavily pregnant females close to our house for regular observation six weeks before the 11.5 month due date.

    Alpacas are generally born between 7am and 3pm and if born later, it is important to make sure the cria is dry before nightfall (and bring it – and mum – into a shelter, if necessary).

    The vast majority of crias are born, get up, and feed on their own – without any assistance. However as their mothers do not dry them off at all, we suggest you dry the cria with a clean towel, especially if it is cold or wet (shelter may be necessary – especially early in the year – and you may need to consider fitting a cria coat). If the cria has any blood on it, it should be cleaned off. Check that the cria’s airways (nose and mouth) are clear. We dip the umbilical cord with Iodine (10% Iodine) to prevent infection and repel flies.

    It is important not to forget mum – check for any blood on her legs/ tail – and wash off, again so as not too attract flies. Mum should pass the afterbirth in the couple of hours following the birth, and it should be removed and disposed of. The mother’s milk does not tend to flow until the afterbirth has been passed so it is very important to make sure this has occured. Call the vet if after 4 – 6 hours this has not happened.

  • LLjean 2857

    Tell Huston not to play around with Whopper like that because he might think Huston is threatening him and charge him, knock him down and stomp on him! Only doing what a cow does when he feels threatened! Whopper is not a big dog, he is livestock, he is big and powerful, and since he is still young, doesn’t know his own strength!! He needs to learn to be more aware around animals, they are all not like Bear!! God Bless!

  • Heather Trumpower

    If anything , have Rufus tested maybe his swimmers aren’t swimming .

  • Ali

    “Uh Lucy, is that like an invitation”?” 😂😂

  • Eoin McAlpine

    Hey Daniel rufus second breeding deal with dolly was in November so she should due in mid October basically any day now but as you say I would definitely recommend taking them to the vet

  • Cheryl Young

    teach your child not to give animals chocolate. it is toxic to most animals.

    • Lynette Mayeda

      Cheryl, that is so true, but most people think a little won’t hurt, but it will. They can’t be taught. They have to learn by their own mistakes. So sad for the pet!!!!😟

    • Elizabeth Wallace

      Thank you

    • Cheryl M

      Parents are supposed to make sure the children don’t harm the animals in any way. When one, or more, of the the animals die due to chocolate toxicity, I hope the parents don’t whitewash the offending child’s culpability. I am unsubscribing because I don’t want to support people not willing to take a strong stand to prevent harm to the animals.

  • Steve Trumbull

    Other than the fact of not having a baby alpaca on the ground, this has to one of the most fun videos that I have seen of yours!

  • Stacy Cole

    We went to a local farm today for their fall festivities. My kids promptly confused the people working there when they saw their alpacas, and called them donkey poodles. 🤦🏻‍♀️

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