A Taste of Life at Windrush Alpacas

April 25, 2007

The Tooth Fairy Comes to Windrush Alpacas

Filed under: alpaca, Alpaca Care, Alpacas, camelids, Crias, General — alpacalady @ 7:05 am

Still no cria from Queen but I stuck to my plan and did my best to restrain myself from checking on her every few minutes.  She is doing some very strange things with her tail and it is quite amusing to see which position it is in at any time.  It is almost like a form of alpaca semaphore, I just dread to think what the message is she is trying to send me!

So in my attempt to not focus on Queen I tried to concentrate really hard on the morning chores.  This proved a little difficult as the wind was blowing hard yesterday morning, but I can’t have been doing too bad as when I went to fill up the girls hay feeders I noticed something lying in the bottom of one of them – an alpaca tooth!

I was not too alarmed at the sight of the tooth as I had notice a little while ago that Zoie was in the process of changing out her teeth.  A quick check of Zoie revealed that it was indeed one of her baby teeth that was lying in the hay feeder.  Zoie is right on schedule with her teeth as alpacas usually lose their baby teeth when they are 2 1/2 to 3 years old and Zoie will be three in July.

When alpacas change out their teeth their bite can appear messy for a while.  The adult teeth start to come in behind the baby teeth and so sometimes you will see both the adult teeth and the baby teeth still present in the gum.  Eventually as the adult teeth continue to push in the baby teeth will drop out, which is what happened to Zoie.

Occasionally an alpaca will retain one of it’s baby teeth, if this happens it is best to consult with your veterinarian as to how to remove the retained tooth.  To date all of our alpacas have lost their baby teeth without a problem but it does seem that some take longer than others.

So Zoie now has her full set of adult teeth, and maybe she will get a visit from the alpaca tooth fairy (and if the tooth fairy happens to know of the whereabouts of the alpaca cria stork perhaps she can point him in our direction!)

Rosemary

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