What you need to know about Alpaca's

Have you always thought it was great to keep alpacas? If you do it to make an alpaca sofa throw yourself, then you can keep quite a herd. Alpacas are only sheared once a year and that produces (approximately) one sweater made of alpaca wool. But if you do it because you love these cute animals, you can read all about raising alpacas in this blog!

Raising Alpacas

Raising, training or even taming alpacas takes a lot of time, patience and knowledge. For example, it is very useful to know how the body language of an alpaca works, because otherwise you quickly cross the boundaries of the animal and thus only make it more shy. Especially if you ever want to make your own wool plaid from alpaca wool, it is nice for the animal that it can be shaved without stress because it trusts you. Below we discuss the behavior of the alpaca in a nutshell.

Body language and behavior alpacas

Is your alpaca lurking like a meerkat? Body stiff, ears pricked up? The animal is alert and may feel threatened. The alpaca's ears always point in the direction it listens to or is interested in. Unlike a horse, it does not have to be the case that an alpaca is angry or aggressive when it puts its ears back. He may also be listening to something behind him. When they do become aggressive, they adopt a broad stance with a tail and muzzle in the air.

Do alpacas spit?

Alpacas can spit, but they do so much less quickly than a llama. As a warning, they will spit "dry" first, which is more of a cough or air blast than something really wet coming out of their mouth. When they can't see a way out (you've already gone too far), they will spit. You can then expect a green blob of bile. Sometimes grass or hay is also included. Better to avoid this, because it is dirty and a negative experience for the alpaca (and yourself).

Shearing Alpacas

Would you like to have your own native living blankets made from your own alpaca wool? A very cool thought, but then two alpacas are not enough. Unless you save the wool for a few years. It is better to take a look between the super cute plaids and ponchos, like men ponchos from EcuaFina, then you also support the local population and your own alpacas can keep their jackets for a while!

Britt Daemen