Miss Molly gave birth today to a stunning shiny milk chocolate baby boy sired by the new Montana resident, Hershey’s Hugo. Wow! This male is awesome. You should definitely come to the ranch to check him out. This is the first baby alpaca for 2011. May is not the best choice for months when birthing baby alpacas in Montana.
Here in the Northern Rocky Mountains of Montana, our winters do run longer than most and we seem to get snow well into May. This poses a concern when birthing baby alpacas because they are susceptible to hypothermia if born in cool to colder temperatures. The mother alpaca does not help in keeping the baby alpaca warm so its very important to assist in the birthing process. Its also important to plan the alpaca births for the warm summer weather.
Miss Molly recently arrived in Montana from Oregon in April. Some alpaca owners in Oregon plan to have their baby alpacas from April through October because of their mild spring and fall temperatures.
For more information on baby alpaca care, visit the Alpaca Talk forum here at Northern Rocky Mountain Alpacas.