Alpacas

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We have been raising Alpacas at Liberty Lake since 2007. What is an Alpaca? Alpacas are camelids. While both are camelids, Llamas and Alpacas are not the same.
Alpacas don’t spit at people, but they will spit at each other to be the first (or only) one at the feeder! In that case, beware! It is a green. slimy. horrible. stinch. Let’s just say, if you do get sprayed, you’re going to need a shower! Also, Llamas are used for packing and riding; Alpacas are not.

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Alpacas can be really sweet. Some enjoy human interaction more than others. As you can see, our Taylor is very friendly. She is a nuzzler. She nuzzles ears, necks, and faces, while our others don’t like to be approached or touched as much. They will simply walk away, unless we have food! Lol! They will eat right out of our hands.

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Unlike Llamas, Alpacas are gentle, timid animals. With common sense supervision, we have been able to bring our children, even little ones, with us into the barn and pastures to interact with the animals. Alpacas do not bite, kick, charge or purposely step on little feet.

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Alpacas are nosey! 🙂 Very nosey. They are well aware of our presence, and come near to see what we are up to.

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They get along well with other animals. Our Alpacas share the pastures with our chickens (who help keep our pastures more insect-free and provide fresh eggs for our family), our fainting goats, and Moose, our behemoth pasture guard, errr, Great Pyrenes. (hmmm, I’ll have to upload a Moose portrait for you soon. He’s a sight!)

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The Alpacas in these photos are females. The male herd is in a separate pasture. Alpacas are raised for their gorgeous, luxuriously soft, hypoallergenic fiber; breeding and selling; and for fun.

They are pretty simple to care for. Unlike many other farm and ranch herds they do not eat their body weight in feed and hay. Alpacas consume fresh water, about a half cup to one cup of crumbles per day, and graze on fresh grass, or nutrient rich, orchard grass-type hay. (Mmmm, I just love that smell.) 🙂

They are vaccinated every month and a half, get their nails clipped, sometimes their teeth need to be filed and annually they are sheared. Shearing, along with lots of fresh, cool water to drink, a pool of cool water to sit in and large fans, helps them stay nice and cool in the hot seasons.

I hope you’ve enjoyed being here today! I will be happy to share more pictures and information with you again sometime about our little farm!

Walking with Jesus,

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6 thoughts on “Alpacas

  1. I am jealous that you have alpacas and goats and chickens! I bet your girls love having all of them around. We have some llama friends down the road and love watching them. Your photos are beautiful.

    • Hi there, Jonesingafter40! 🙂
      I just LOVE your blog, btw! Thanks for dropping in here to say “Hi!”. The animals…and the kids keep us entertained that’s for sure! Lol! The girls really enjoy our casual homey lifestyle with room to roam and make a mess, animals to chase around, laugh at & mimic (Cara does an embarrassingly good chicken impression of which our girls’ classical choir director would be so proud, I’m sure! Our kids can vocalize in Solfage, Latin AND farm girl!). Oh! And they especially LOVE it when an animal escapes the fencing or pecks on the front door, interrupting schoolwork! ~Melissa

  2. Just wondering, what do you guys do with your alpacas? Why did you decide to raise them? For breeding and selling? Do you sell their wool and if so, who to? Do you enter the county fair with them????
    Lots of questions…..even though they don’t know me, give your beautiful girls a hug from me.

    • Hi Christine:), Jeff wanted Alpacas as a long term investment for our later years, ahem!, retirement. We breed them for selling and we love the enjoyment and the educational value they add to our family and our children’s lifestyle. We have fiber from past shearings stored, but have not heartily sought out a buyer. I guess we are in more of a maintanence mode bringing up our large family and managing it all right now and have not had the gumption to pursue that field like we could. One day we want to at least get it spun into skeins of yarn and then maybe I’ll crochet something!:) Hmmm, I think I answered all of your questions? Love ya…and I will pass out your hugs! ~Melissa

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