Saturday, October 30, 2010

Third move's a charm!!

It's been one week since we started moving and we are just getting to the point where it feels like we're close to completion. It's odd because most moves involve a day or two of intensity and then you begin to weave your life back together. But, when you have a ranch with cats, dogs, chickens, alpacas and Llamas it's any thing but ordinary.

This evening we finally brought a small brave contingent of alpacas over to Moonsong Ranch version 3.0. at first everything looked great. Then our dog snuck up to her fence line and suddenly started barking as if she'd been planning this all along. Well, Yazminemoon bolted like a spooked cat on a windy day and cleared the FENCELINE enterly. I gasped! Then She looked back to see her cria still on the other side of the fence. I ran over to open the nearest gate and she decides it's probably best to leap back over on her own.

After everyone was safe I reinforced that side of the fence that had been there previously and that I had doubts about anyway. Leave it to Yazminemoon to push the boundary's.

Tomorrow I will bring over the rest of the girls and Annie our trusted guard llama.

Stay tuned!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Moonsong Ranch Alpacas, LLC is moving!!

Moonsong Ranch Alpacas, LLC is moving to it's new location... 2 miles up the road. We will now have 5 beautiful irrigated acres where the alpacas can pronk and play, and a great solar heated house and nice outside area for classes and events. Stay tuned for more on the move... Which will be this weekend!! I better get to work I have to begin removing, moving and remaking fences and shelters before the winter weather really kicks in.
This is our beautiful pasture!

Our solar heated home!


Thursday, July 29, 2010

Surprise, suprise!!

 These last couple of days have been quite eventful. I got a call from Allurynn on Tuesday with a little surprise. Below you can read about it from her perspective.

We got a surprise yesterday when my eldest went outside to do his chores.  Shortly after leaving the house I get a call, he tells me there's a "baby Alpaca on the ground in the barn".  Our maiden wasn't due for another 3 weeks, and since our Matriarch lost her cria 3 months ago, born stillborn 6 weeks early, my first thought was, "is it alive".  When he said it was I dashed out the door as I dialed DH's number.

Once in the barn it was a fiasco...Tyler said he thought it was unusual that all the girls were in the barn on such a nice day...then once he entered and saw what fuss was all about, he got it.  When I got there the others moved out of my way, except for Mahogany, our Matriarch and YazmineMoon our maiden....Yaz was totally confused as to what just had happened...and Mahogany beings that she has lost hers...wanted this one for herself...thus not letting either Yaz or myself near it.  I never had an incident where one of our animals hurt me, but Mahogany wasn't about to give it up and continuously spat, that nasty smelling spit!  Yaz was very upset with the situation, and as I tried to check on the little one, she tried to bite my head!  It scared me, as some of you know the accident Doug had with one of the boy's after trying to get between them to stop a fight...he ended up with several stitches on his leg.

Anyway, that's when I knew I needed to clear out the barn and get Mahogany away...Tyler was a always, our awesome ranch helping hand, he herded the girls out and we had to halter Mahogany to get her to move...she's been so stubborn lately, and led her out as well.  While he situated the girls in the next field, I inspected the little one.  Needless to say Yaz didn't like it and nipped me in the arm.  This was our first experience with a maiden, so I suppose this and much more would be new and different for us, since all our prior births were with experienced Mommies.

I finally got a grip on the little one and took it outside.  Here's his first pics....
YES it's a boy...finally got a peek!

Here's a picture of his Daddy...our first born...Eclipse

 While on the phone with DH I went through our new born check list and though I was weary of Yaz, I still managed to get her milk going and the little one nursing.

Everyone was happy to see him and get to know's his Aunt Lunessa welcoming him

 All the rest came over as well...

Look, how sweet he looks..

His name....well, in keeping with our Moon theme, his name is Jericho ~ Arabic, meaning Moon God.

Welcome to Moonsong Ranch Jericho!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Shearing Day at Moonsong Ranch

Once each year this day comes around. I can't claim to look forward to it nor do the alpacas. But, after all is said and done everyone is usually pleased. It's called shearing day! Our's occurred yesterday and it went well for the most part. We have a total of 11 alpacas and two Llamas. Some of our animals don't mind shearing and others are adamantly opposed to it.

So, I try to inject a little order into an inherently chaotic venture, by spending a little time considering who goes first and how the cattle panels are arranged, so that we can move seamlessly and smoothly through the day. Well, this year all bets were off. Nearly all the animals decided to go on shearing strike. We tried to gather everyone up in a holding pen so that the person shearing can move animals in and out without trouble. While I was trimming the nails during shearing a few of the alpacas decided to push hard on the green temporary fencing until it moved enough to allow passage back out into the open areas. Well, needless to say as we went to re-corral them again they decided evasion might be the best tactic. And yet another thought laying down might be more successful. She was right! So we ended up lifting her from both ends. She didn't seem to mind. It went this way most of the day. Even Annie our way-too-smart Llama wouldn't budge with her halter on so we used and extension cord and sheared her where she stood. The one saving grace was that the clouds rolled in to cool us off. After everyone was sheared we looked around at a the funny looking animals and had a good laugh!!

See for yourself: Before.
And After!!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

We come from the Earth and to her we return...

It's never how you expect it. I've heard other accounts from alpaca owners of births that didn't go well.  However, yesterday we had our own experience of it. Our matriarch Alpaca Mahogany lost her little Cria (baby) in a stillbirth, born 6 weeks early.  We're not sure why she passed in her mothers womb, but we feel in our hearts there was a reason why this little one didn't make it through to this world. This is the first time we've experienced such a sad tragedy, though as Doug said, it's bound to happen on a ranch.  At sunset we buried her in our orchard and our son read a prayer I put together from a few I found on the net.  We buried her deep in Earth's womb and planted a berry bush over her, as we returned her to our Mother Earth.

Mother of life, Mother of death, here is a spirit so new that the gates of life and death are just an archway in her dancing ground. She has danced her way back to you. 

Her passage is easy but ours and her mommy’s is hard. We wanted to hold her living flesh, and feel her soft breath and her heartbeat.
No other cria that may come to us will ever be what she would have been. Whatever healing we may find, this loss will always be a part of us. 

Bless Mahogany’s womb, which has the power to create life and death. Bless our arms that would have embraced her. Bless our hands that would have lifted and took care of her. Bless our hearts that grieve for her.

Mother Earth, we return to you the body of one of your children, welcome her back into your womb. 
Let her spirit return to her ancestors, and let her rest in peace in your arms.  

~thanks to those who shared your prayers so that I could piece this one together~

Monday, April 12, 2010

Welcome to Moonsong Ranch Alpacas

Moonsong Ranch has been around for 4 years now and we are finally taking the next step. We are creating a blog dedicated to our ranch, the alpaca lifestyle, the heartbreaks, the joys, and all the interesting interactions that take place year round between us, our Alpacas, Llamas, Chickens, Cats and Dogs. (and local Willey fox!) This is also very interactive so you are encouraged to visit often and add your own thoughts and ideas to the mix. This month we will also begin introducing you to our animals in a series called, "The Alpaca Barn" You're invited to step into our pasture's and meet the alpacas "virtually"! This is meant to be fun and interactive so don't be afraid to get your "virtual" feet dirty! =')  We will reveal a little more each day through video and pictures, so you can get a sense of who she is and what her life's been like from birth (and yes I will show some baby pictures). So, stay tuned and don't forget to subscribe!
>> Step into The Alpaca Barn to meet Lunessa!