The California Alpaca Breeders Association. Since 1989. Affiliate Member of AOA

McCarty Creek Ranch

Kim & Mike Bisceglia
15220 Paskenta RoadFlournoy, CA 96029
530-833-5431
530-526-9872 (Kim's cell), 530-526-9873 (Mike's cell)
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Thursday, September 5, 2013

Handy tip for getting rid of pesky Ants in your waterers.

Lily checking out the waterer.

Lily checking out the waterer.

We have automatic waterers in all of the alpaca shelters. This summer the ants decided to take over and camp out in & around the waterers. Millions of them. I use food grade Diatomaceous Earth on our poop piles so I thought I would sprinkle it under the waterers. Turns out the ants hate it and they are GONE!! Yipeee.
DE sprinkled under the waterer.

DE sprinkled under the waterer.


Friday, June 21, 2013

Baby, Baby, Oh, Babies

Just out enjoying the nice weather here in Northern California today. On the way in to feed, I opened up the cria pen and the babies zoomed past me out into the run. It's their favorite thing to do when they see me in the morning. All are racing down the run without a care in the world. Mama's no where to be seen.

This batch of babies are the most independant babies I have ever had. I guess they figure that they have each other.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

All grey crias for 2013

April - 3 weeks early

April - 3 weeks early

At Alpaca Mania a year or so ago, I took a great opportunity to buy a 1/2 interest in a beautiful grey male. His name is LV Vantaggio Di Bisturi. Wonderfully tempered, he has been winning everything in the show ring and the fleece shows he has entered. I bred him to 4 dams. 1 BRN, 1 grey, & 2 blk dams.

And guess what?

I got all grey females! I hit the jackpot for 2013.

Check them out.

The first was April, born 3 weeks early on very cold and rainy April Fools Day. Her teeth had not erupted yet and very down on her pasterns. Very dense dark grey female. Now she is a bouncing 2 month old.

The 2nd was May, born in May of course, gorgeous curly dense fleece on this cria.

The 3rd is Patches. She has the funniest little grey square patches on her legs and one reddish prown patch over one eye. She's our little pirate.

And last but not least......Lily Belle. She is the most petite little girl. She loves to give kisses. But not to fool you, she is a terror with the other crias. She neck wrestles them trying to get them to play with her. She runs and runs like the wind. So full of life, she makes me smile. Also grey, she has a very fine very curly fleece.

We have been very blessed this birthing season. Looking forward to the show ring with these babies.

Anyone out there interested in greys! I have the moms that will throw grey when bred to grey!

We would love to show them to you.
April @ 2 mos old

April @ 2 mos old

Miss May

Miss May

Our Very own pirate - Patches

Our Very own pirate - Patches

And lily Belle-She's a pistol

And lily Belle-She's a pistol


Friday, May 17, 2013

Flournoy School visits McCarty Creek Ranch Alpacas

The Flournoy school students and teachers came to visit us on Friday May 17th. I really wasn't sure what to expect. Mike and I had rehersed some things we wanted to share with the children but as soon as they got out of their cars the planned speeches were thrown out the window. The children fired question after question at us. They wanted to know everything they could about the alpacas. One kid even knew that Alpacas, Llamas and Camels all belonged in the camelid family. I didn't expect that from a 4th grader.

We had fleeces and finished products all around so they could touch the fiber. But, they really wanted to meet the alpacas. So, we divied up the pellets and the children all went off in different directions to feed the alpacas. And of course, the alpacas didn't mind that at all.

It was a great way to spend 2 hours. Great weather, and great energy. Who knows, there may just be a alpaca breeder among them someday.