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Actually, you can buy alpacas on the internet. Just remember to inspect every animal you buy for your ranch or farm.
When I was in my twenties I worked with a petting zoo. There were llamas in the little zoo and I quickly fell in love with them. Overtime we considered owning llamas. Being a knitter I started to learn about the wonderful yarn made from alpacas. I discovered that llama fiber is not as soft as an alpaca's fiber. We decided we should get alpacas.
While visiting a craft fair we met some alpaca ranchers who were having a SALE! We could buy alpacas at a lower price! How could we pass it up. We were living on a typical 25' by 50' urban lot, but they assured us that the alpacas didn't need a lot of space. So, we became alpaca owners!
We bought two females -
Dolly was pregnant and due to give birth in a little over a month. My husband built a simple enclosure and the girls moved in.
Fortunately, the neighbors were charmed by our new additions. Alpacas make a gentle humming sound that is quite calming to hear. Dolly discovered that she could see more alpacas in our patio doors (her own reflection). Dolly is territorial and spent her mornings spitting on the "alpacas" in the window. I spent my afternoons washing the windows. We settled into a comfortable routine. Next blog - Arthur is born!!
We have started a sustainable homestead by the seat of our pants! We make things up as we learn day by day. We are not experts, but we have discovered a lot of ways to not do things. Read along and comment and/or ask questions. Join us on this adventure!
Our mini ranch hand