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Houdini makes his first appearance
Look closely and you will see Houdini's legs and face (Left) as they appeared during the birthing process.
New born alpacas (cria) generally weigh between 15 - 22 pounds. The gestation period of an Alpaca averages 335 days (11.5 months), but in fact may range from 320 to 376 days. Due to the lengthy gestation period, Alpacas only produce a single cria per year.
Mother remains calm and takes the birth of Houdini in stride.

Twins being born are quite rare and are not usually sought after as one or both usually expire.
Houdini first makes his first appearance
The baby alpaca is known as a cria
The female Alpaca are induced ovulaters, enabling them to breed almost anytime of the year. The adult female, also called 'hembras' (Spanish), will ovulate in response to mating. Although Alpacas are known to spit, they do not normally spit at people. Rather, they will spit at each other when circumstances warrant it. For instance, a pregnant female will spit at an advancing male to warn him off.
The baby alpaca is referred to as a 'cria'' whereas the weaned crias are known as 'weanling's' or 'tui's'.
Houdini first makes his first appearance
The Alpacas are sheared annually for their quality fibre. One alpaca can produce 4 to 9 lbs of quality fibre. The alpacas diet is controlled from birth, to help ensure a high quality product.
Alpaca fiber is available in a twenty-two recognized natural colors. The fibre can be blended or dyed to achieve desired colors. The spun fibre is as soft as cashmere, yet when compared to wool, it is not as prickly, as well as warmer and stronger.


The demand for Alpaca fibre is great, and it continues to grow. As many as 5 to 8 Alpacas can be raised on a single acre of land, making Alpacas an excellent choice as alternative livestock for small farms and acreages.
Huacaya and Suri are the two types of Alpacas. Each are distinguished by their fibre. The Huacaya, which is the most common Alpaca, has a very crimpy fleece that appears fluffy. The Suri is much more rare than the Huacaya, representing about only ten per cent of the world's Alpaca population. The Suri is distinguishable by its' silky hair like fiber which hangs in tight spirals and locks down the sides of the alpaca.
Halter Training is very simple. Alpacas are very quick learners and within a few short days they will follow easily and can even be trained for obstacle courses...... You can even have them train each other just like in the following picture