The photo above shows a mom and her two offspring. Snowmass Lady Guinevere,
the grey alpaca in the distance, was our first alpaca purchase. Gwenny
came to us pregnant with Kilyo's Gingerbread, shown in the foreground,
left. Gingerbread was born on Christmas Eve, 2003. Can't get a much
better Christmas present than that! One year later in December of 2004
was born Accolade's Arrow, in foreground right at 3 months of age. For
more pictures of Arrow, see the Herdsires
link at left.
The Herd at Silver
Snowmass Lady Guinevere
Gwenny is our grand matron. The experienced girl that every first time
breeder should own. She's a wonderful mom: Breeds easily (pregnant on
the first 5 minute breeding), births easily (Nancy, who was the only
one on site for our first "on our own" birth, was glad we
had "the old pro" around to show us how this all works), milk
came right in (Arrow came up with his milk mustache right away), everything
was as it should be. She's a wonderfully attentive mom.
Gwenny with Arrow on day one.
Gwenny with Arrow on day 17.
Gwenny is fifteen
years old now, and with twelve babies under her belt she's been around
the block and knows how things are supposed to work. Gwenny leads everyone
else around, too. Leader of the pack. They pretty much go where she
tells them to.
Gwenny is the first
alpaca we ever bought. She's not our most friendly girl, preferring
to stay away from "two-leggers" as much as she can. Probably
because she came out of large-ranch situations without a lot of human
contact. (Witness the "hole" in her ear where her numbered
eartag was before we bought her. The first second we owned her we said,
"OK, let's get that eartag off her right now.") Since she's
been with us she's improved, and will now eat directly out-of-hand.
She'll only approach humans willingly if there's food involved. Once
"caught", she'll stay relatively calm and allow us to do medical
stuff to her. But she remains nervous around humans and would much rather
hang out with other alpacas.
In the photo above, Guinevere feeds new baby Rumble (who's less than an hour old) as Celeste and Sarah try to make sense of the new alpaca that seems to have appeared on the farm from out of nowhere.
Gwenny has delivered four babies to us thus far. One girl, Gingerbread (Dec., 2003), and three boys, Arrow (Dec., 2004), Quest (June, 2006) and Rumble (June, 2007). As you can see above, she's a great mom.
Celeste is the second alpaca we bought to start our herd. She's a big healthy girl with the biggest, most beautiful eyes you've ever seen. (They're large eyes, even for an alpaca.) And she makes the prettiest babies, who are also big and healthy. We have two offspring from her, one girl, Sarah (May, 2005), and one boy, Pegasus (October, 2007). Both are excellent alpacas. We liked Pegasus so much that we turned right around and bred again to the same herdsire (Pentium, out of Dom Alamir) and are currently expecting a cria in October of 2008.
Celeste and Sarah on alert.
Celeste and Pegasus (who was born the day after National Alpaca Farm Day in 2007 and is two days old in this photo taken 11/3/07.)
Celeste is a sweet girl with a real pretty face. And those great eyes. Plus she's a really good mom. It was a chance we took (she was a maiden when we bought her) that worked out quite well. She births easily and brings in excellent milk. (Some have said it must be pure cream, for her babies are so big and healthy.) Celeste can certainly fend for herself: She knows the way to the front of the food trough and is quite the carrot-hog too. Yet she also knows how to relax:
When Celeste is carrying a baby, she cushes like this a lot in the final months of the pregnancy. We call it her "superman" pose.
Still working on write-up for the rest of the herd, but in the meantime, try
some of the links further down the list at left, such as Herdsires or
Ranch Visits or Tennessee Home. Lots of pictures there.
Thanks again for
visiting our website,
Chuck and Nancy
Click here to return
to the top of this page: Our
Click here to return
to the Silver Thunder
Home Page. Or just click on the Silver Thunder logo in
the top left corner of any page on this site to return to the home page.
Proud to be an
page last updated 6/27/08