Moving to an acreage meant that we could have more animals. After researching and looking around we decided to get some Alpacas. We managed to source some locally and picked out 3 handsome young Suri Alpacas to become part of our clan.
This gorgeous boy is Milton. He’s named after a sweet little old man who was a neighbour at our last house. He has the most gorgeous blue flecks in his eyes. Alpacas have such beautiful eyes, they are so big.
Alpacas are members of the Camelid family. They are pretty easy to raise and handle plus they are good around children. This is Oreo our black boy and he is the smallest of the three.
Suri Alpacas have such a beautiful silky coat that is soft like cashmere, has the lustre of silk and is warmer than wool due to their hollow fibres. Their silky locks fall straight down from the body like dreadlocks. Suri’s are rare making up under 10% of the alpaca population. The other type is the Huacaya (pronounced Wuh-kai-ya) has more of a crimp to the fibre which is more like a sheep.
Here they are in their fenced paddock. My husband is building them a little shelter for when it rains but I’ll share that with once it’s finished.
Our third Alpaca is Kush. Named so because when you catch him he sits down and the sitting position for an Alpaca is called the kush. Kush is halter trained which makes him easier to handle and the kids and I have great fun leading him around and getting to know each other.
One of the main reasons for choosing Alpacas for our paddock was my new craft – spinning! Alpacas are shorn once a year in summer and I aim to spin their fibre into yarn and then knit up something fabulous with it. How exciting!
Do you like our Alpacas? Have you spun with their fibre before?