Sunday, November 9, 2008

way behind on the Alpaca news

We have had a litter of Leonberger pups born. They take all my time so the Alpaca news is really behin
Sadies pups November 4th 2008
d. Want to see our new babies here is a link to my puppy album

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Some pictures of Sampson our new cria

I up loaded a photo album of some of Sampsons pictures. sampson is llama x Alpaca he is so sweet and adorable. I have included pictures of our other crias and also the donkeys and dogs. So lots to look at

Shadows cria born Oct 08

Let me know what you think go to my website Heronview Alpacas

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

We have a special baby

Shadow our Llama gave birth today. She gave birth to a 1/2 Llama 1/2 Alpaca cria. When the Llama is the mother it is called a Misty when the mom is an Alpaca the cria is called a huzaro. He is very cute and I have named him Sampson. He is all legs lol. It will be very interesting to see how he grows and what his fibre is like

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Gates Open Tour

Wow is all I can say about the Gates Open tour. We had an amazing turn out and had between 1500 and 2000 people visit us at the farm. I must say that I am so pleased with the people who came. They were respectful of the animals and the farm. I was pleased to see Adults and kids alike enjoy the animals as much as I do.

We walked through the fields of Alpacas and I let people feed them. Then we went and visited the donkeys and fed them some carrots. We had ducklings hatch on Wednesday so the kids loved to see 3 days old Ducklings.

Then into the Studio we went. Where Stephanie was weaving and Donna was Spinning. What a great way to see how we turn all that Alpaca fleece into Yarn and then into Fabric.
Ian the Bee Man had also brought a Bee Hive for people to see the beeds working on their honey. We will have some of Ians bee hives on the farm next year. We now carry Ians pure honey and honey comb. Plus his wonderful pure bees wax candles.

Then everyone was able to see and feel the luxurious Alpaca products we have. Many Teddy Bears were adopted and are now in new homes :-)

Please enjoy the pictures from the weekend. If you would like to visit Heronview Alpacas please contact Me (Lori) go to our Website Heronview Alpacas

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Gates Open Savour Durham Tour

Gates Open is a self guided tour through Durhams wonderful farm land. 16 Farms will be opening their gates to the public. There are Sheep farms and beef farms. Veggi farms and of course our wonderful Alpaca farm.

We will be giving tours and have spinning and weaving demonstrations. Have a chance to feed an Alpaca and pet a miniature donkey. Tour the store and enjoy the scenery

Other farms will have chefs cooking for you on their farm. Local restaurants will be cooking up a storm and serving local produce.

Communities will be having special events also

Please go to

Hope to see you at the event

Friday, August 29, 2008

3 new crias this week

We had a wonderful week here at Heronview. We had 3 new cria born. The babies are all doing well and are as cute as can be. On Monday Jazzy had a male cria by Cameron Briggs, He is a beautiful baby boy.

Tuesday Morning Holly had a gorgeous fawn girl. Her dad is Myster Luv. this girl has fibre to die for. She is a good size cria and has the cutest face.

All day Inocense was restless and laying down and then moving to another spot. I kept a close eye on her and finally at 6pm I had to intervene. She was laying in the barn and not stressed to much but was pushing everyonce in awhile. I went inside and felt around. The cria was not coming out on his own. He was really big. I repositioned him so he could head out :-) She gave a few big pushes and out came the biggest cria I have seen so far. He is a white boy by Sunny Delight. His fleece is amazing. He is a solid big boned boned boy. I am looking forward to watchng this boy grow up.

Monday, August 25, 2008

We had a new cria today

Today a new cria was born. It is a boy and a very handsome one. He is a bay and has a very dark head. His fleece looks great even though he is only a new born.  I had a call from one of our Alpaca owners checking to see if their Alpaca looked close to giving birth. She is also over due !!  While I was talking to her I looked out the window not to concerned as I had been out to check on them recently. When all of a sudden up pops a little head. I said crap I have a new cria gotta go !!  He is feisty and runs all over the place. I will upload some pictures later. Gotta go check on the little guy

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

We lost our new cria

I am so sad right now. My beautiful little girl that was born on sunday died yesterday.  It was a really silly injury that she died from.  ON Sunday afternoon I had to go out for an hour. She was fine and was nursing and running around.  I cam back and she was chused in the field. I went to see how she was doing and just check her out. She had some blood on her and I thought maybe her imbelical cord was bleeding. My hand came away wet with blood.  I turned her over and she had a small puncture wound. This was weird as we have nothing she can hurt herself on.  I looked after the wound and wrapped it etc.  She got up and was walking around and trying to nurse. Yesterday I changed the dressing and thought it was wetter then it should be. Called the vet who said no that is fine best to be draining.  She was peeing and nursing so I did not worry (to much)  I was not happy thought with her attitude. It was nto sharp enough. She enver startled at all when I came to check her. I thought maybe she was getting so used to me hovering. I gave her a bottle of goats milk just incase she was not nursing enough. just a couple of ounces so she would get more emergy and be able to nurse more from mom.I called my vet to come out and look at her because I just felt she was not right. You just get a gut feeling.  I went inside for an hour and when I came out she had died. I was heart broken. My vet arived 1/2 hour later.  He was so surprised. Then he looked her over and told me she had not infection. He opened up the wound to look at it. What a surprise. inside that little would she had torn her muscle so he figures she lost more fluid inside. They are so small that losing blood can send them into shock and this is what he thinks happened. You always question yourself and how you could have changed things.  The only thing we can think that happened is she got poked with a branch. We have a pile of vranches in the field from trimming the trees. My Alpacas love to eat the leaves and scratch themselves on the branches. We left them there for their enjoyment. A baby has paper thin skin and I guess she must have wandered into the pile and got hurt. Figures doent it. Her mom is breaking my heart following me around and asking me where he baby is. Everytime I turn around there she is with those big sad eyes looking at me and making a sound  that  is like a question.I love my animals and would never change but it is times like this when I hate doing what I do.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

The girls are out to drive me crazy

Ok how can 6 Alpacas all hold off on having their cria.  I have 5 girls who are all over due and one who is due now.  I am watching and watching till they are sick of me looking underneather and watching them nap. I see them laying on their side and go and watch them.  A week ago one of the girls fooled me and she was my last one due and she gave birth to a gorgeous little boy. What gives there is no rhyme or reason to them. I swaer the laydown and they take bets to see how long it will be before I am checking them.   I think when they deciede it is time they will come like popcorn or should I say papcacorn

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Reggie and his mom are just too cute

I went outside and reggie and Raven were giving each other little licks. Alpacas do not really lick. They can do little tiny licks and this is what they were doing. Then I walk to the other side of the field and here are a few of the Alpacas laying there like they had been placed. All in a row. I thought it was pretty funny.

Archemedies is here for a sex week vacation

What how can I say those words !! Well Archie is an amazing Alpaca Stud who lives in Ompah Ontario. Yes it is a fun name to say !! We had bred Alicia to Archie last year and sadly she aborted twins this spring. So we are trying again. Archie was Supreme Grand Champion at the Alpaca Ontario show in 2006. We had set the date for Alicia and Archie even before he became such a famous guy. they both really complement each other. We are also breeding him to Margarette, so I am hoping for 2 spectacular crias next year.

Camelidynamics Clinic

June 28th and 29th I attended a 2 day Camelidynamics course with Marty McGee Bennett. This course is similer to Tellington touch but has been changed and evolved to work with Camelids. Marty is a fantastic presentor and makes it all look so easy. What I loved about this course was seeing that what we have been doing all along is pretty similar to what Marty teaches. I of course learned a lot about the way an Alpaca thinks and different behaviours. I plan on taking the week long course she offers in Oregon.

My goal is to train all my alpacas the Marty way now and to help my customers learn also. So this is a win win situation for the Alpacas.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Reggie the cria

We had a new cria born thursday. He is a Myster Luv baby and has amazing dense fibre already. He is a real cutie and today thought it was a good idea to meet Sadie our Leonberger. Sadie is a really gentle girl and was careful with him. Here is a video

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Our Cria has a name

Finally our little boy has a name. We have decieded to name him Levi

.Here he is at 6 weeks old. Levi is a brat and loves to torment the girls. He needs a playmate and the girls are not cooperating . I have two Alpaca girls that are overdue right now

Happy news today that Layla who was sold to Jo and Denis had a wonderful 19.5lb cria.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Alpacas have fin in the water

The Alpacas love water !! when the weather is hot I put out a kiddie pool for the Alpacas or a soaker hose for them . They love it and fight over the water lol

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Shearing day

Shearing day is over for another year. We get better and better at it every year. We have had the same group helping for the past 3 years. We have Tom Redpath shear our herd. He is experienced and his knowledge and ability makes our day so much easier. We sheared 31 Alpacas and 1 sheep this year . The Alpacas look so cute after all their fleece is off. To see more of the Alpacas with and with out their fleeces visit my website
Now we have the babies to look forward to. The next step is skirting and sorting my fibre so I can send it to be made into yarn. Then we can make it into wonderful items for the StorePosted by Picasa

New cria born at Heronview

Hi everyone welcome to my blog. This is my first post and I thought why not start with some fantastic news. We had a male cria born on Friday , he is a beautiful fawn and is the color of carmel. He is very friendly and walks up to you to say hello. We have not chosen a name for him yet. We want to have a contest to name the cria. Go to my webpage for details.

His mom is Honey a lovely rose grey girl and his dad is Myster Luv a beautiful fawn boy.