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Wheatland Posted - 09/02/2014 : 10:59:59 PM

We have a 2-day-old blue-eyed, white male cria who we are sure is deaf. He nurses, pronks, and interacts a bit with the other young cria. Our concern is how to foster the bonding between him and his mom. She was an excellent mom with two previous cria and sure is trying hard with this little guy who obviouslt can't respond to her clicks and other vocalizations. We have isolated them in a catch pen in the barn in the evening with the other females and cria inside as well. During the daytime, we have been putting dams and crias together in a pasture next to the other females. He hasn't figured out that we is supposed to go where his mom goes or where the herd goes. Any/all tips, suggestions for helping bonding welcome.

Jan & Cecilia
Wheatland Alpacas
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ard Posted - 09/07/2014 : 10:10:07 AM
Glad to hear he's adjusting. How is his fiber? Sometimes, BEW's have whiter, softer fiber.

Robin Alpert
Alpacas 'R Diamonds
15163 W 323rd
Paola, KS 66071
Wheatland Posted - 09/07/2014 : 12:31:00 AM
Thanks for your words of support, Robin. He is starting to catch on to being part of a herd. You are right, sometimes he needs help to go with everyone else when he is dosing or taking in the surrounds. He has good energy and is doing well.


Jan & Cecilia
Wheatland Alpacas
ard Posted - 09/03/2014 : 10:32:07 AM
Give the little guy time. The deaf ones are a little slower to catch on, but they usually do quite well after about a week. The biggest problem is when they are asleep and the rest of the herd moves. Just keep an extra eye on him and he should catch on.

Robin Alpert
Alpacas 'R Diamonds
15163 W 323rd
Paola, KS 66071

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