Alpacas are, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful animals that roam our planet earth. Just the fact that alpacas come in 22 different colors makes them unique, but add to that their gentle nature, tranquil temperament, luxurious fiber, and gentle, calming humming sounds [listen to the sounds of an alpaca!] and you have an animal that no human can resist hugging.
The natural habitat of the alpaca is the high Andes of South America, but since 1984 they have also flourished on farms throughout the United States because they are so adaptable.
There are two different kinds of alpacas in the United States--the suri alpaca which has fiber that appears to be in the form of dreadlocks and is very silky, and the huacaya (pronounced wa-ki-a) alpaca which has very colorful fiber that is extremely fine and gives the alpaca a woolly and round appearance.
Alpacas prefer outdoors to being cooped up in a barn so a three-sided shed is perfect. We provide an enclosed barn for birthing. They eat very little food each day, usually as much as a large dog. We feed them grass, good quality grass hays, and a special alpaca crumble. They need hay and/or grass for the fiber it contains, and an abundant supply of fresh, clean water.
We give our alpacas annual inoculations and worm them as you would your dog or cat.
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