Just a quick one tonight folks, we are battling against cria rejection here and no-one seems to have encountered this type before.
Roger Resilient (aged 2 months and 6 days), who as you may remember is a rather splendid little fellow is the son of our stressiest alpaca, Poppy. Actually Penny (Poppy's sister) is about equal in the stressy stakes, and come to think of it Bobby (the mother of both Poppy and Penny) is also a complete nightmare.
Anyway moving on. Roger, together with four other Patou cria was shorn last Wednesday in Incaland. Upon our return to the kingdom of Patou all appeared well. However, over the next couple of days we noticed that Poppy was not allowing Roger to feed. She was kicking him off and spitting at him. We checked her out thoroughly. No sign of Mastitis or anything else that would indicate she was in discomfort. We milked her from all four teats, all working perfectly.
As you can imagine this wasn't easy and was done on the floor.
So she was ok, so what was the problem. We penned them together for 24 hours. Poppy spent most of the time peering over the gate at the other cria, humming. Roger stood by her side, unnoticed. Unnoticed that is until he tried to feed, then the kicks flew. I spoke to his Incaness, I spoke to Mary-Jo at Bozedown, we scanned the internet.
Yesterday we bagged up Roger's fleece into hair nets and using double sided sticky tape we stuck it all over him. Poppy sniffed him but still will not let him feed 24 hours later.
Our latest attempt is also based upon smell. We have painted Poppy's nose with lavender oil. We have also painted Roger's bottom and head with lavender oil. The theory is that, well you can probably work it out for yourself. Sue is now observing from a distance.
In the meantime, since a week ago we have been bottle feeding little Roger and his weight is increasing slowly. He is not underweight so at the moment he is alright but we would dearly love for him to be accepted by his mad mother.
Any suggestions would be gratefully received.