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