After a cria is born, we watch to make sure the mother is able to nurse the cria. We look for signs that they are receiving the milk and subsequent colostrum – sucking noises, tail in the air, a milk mustache. If they are running around and playing, they are receiving enough milk.
Make sure that the cria is feeding in the crucial first 24 hours.
Observe the feeding behavior – how often, and if satisfactory. If a cria is seeking milk, it will find it if it is there.
|Alpaca Milk Moustache|
Keep the cria with its mother, and encourage it to feed from her – most prefer mom, and may even run to have a snack from their mother after the less palatable human-provided milk. Cria will eventually reject the bottle if mom is feeding them enough.
Plastic Bottle - Soda bottle, Propel Water Bottle
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