Simon and I had never heard of alpacas. It wasn’t until I ran across someone who had an alpaca farm that I became totally in love with them. Simon wasn’t so smitten at first. However, within two weeks of that first meeting we bought two. Two shortly became four. Well then four grew to 12 and Simon developed his fondness for them. We now have 17 alpacas and two llamas!
We started with Rufus and Tully who both lived to be 20 years old. Dizzy, one of the original boys passed away last year at age 22. Cusco, our original llama lived to be 20 and passed away this year.
We only keep boys so we don’t have to keep chasing them away from girls. Male alpacas are happy to breed all year round, the girls would rather not.
Alpacas are quite curious and gentle. They stay close together in their group and have a definite hierarchy. Alpacas can spit, but they usually do it when provoked or when another alpaca tries to steal someone else’s food at dinner time