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Posted - 09/17/2016 :  8:03:33 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I don't currently own any alpacas at the time, but I am interested in them and in studying more about their care should I ever get the chance to own one. With many pets it seems only experience can truly prepare you in how to deal with the animal.

I was wondering, what was the one thing that you learned once you got your alpaca that you hadn't expect from them? Could be something big or small.

Thanks. : )


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Posted - 09/18/2016 :  08:49:39 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
How smart they really are. You can teach them most things by using food(grain) as an incentive. I can move my entire herd of 14 females from one pasture to another in just under two minutes. My first night owning them, I had no clue and spent over 4 hours trying to get them into their shelter. BTW, my girls will head to the barn at the first raindrop. The boys are not nearly as sensitive to the rain.

Christiane Rudolf
Tanglewood Farm
19741 Victory Lane
Fayetteville, Ohio 45118
(513) 875-2533
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Willow Glen Farm

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Posted - 09/18/2016 :  10:56:35 AM  Show Profile  Visit Willow Glen Farm's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Surprised that they would rather not walk in snow that is more than a touch. No way are they going to plod through that stuff to go outside.

Mary Ianni
Willow Glen Farm
Capron, IL 61012
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Posted - 09/19/2016 :  08:38:57 AM  Show Profile  Visit tortkid43's Homepage  Reply with Quote
How Stoic they really are......Most times you can't tell if they are sick or feeling bad unless you read the signs (Poop/Pee) and or really know your animals.....Spending as much time as you can with them and getting to know them as best as possible is key to recognizing any differences in behavior or health.!

Mike and Maggie Carabajal
Rancho De La Luz Alpacas
Elgin, Tx
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