What did we just do?
That was the question we asked ourselves when we brought home our first alpacas.
I'm sure you've asked yourself the same question when you brought home your first pet or even your first child.
No matter how much you prepared for their arrival, it's still a shock of reality that you just brought something home that will change your life forever.
When we made arrangements to bring our first two alpacas home, we did as much preparation in advance as we could:
It wasn't until we brought our first two alpacas home (Tauri & Fiona in December 2014) that we realized there were still many shortcomings that we didn't know we had.
In hindsight, these issues seemed monumental at the time, because we were new to keeping alpacas and didn't know the answers - and that's okay! It is absolutely okay to not know because how will anyone know unless they develop experience.
Over time, there were changes we wanted to make on our farm and figured out the best solutions for us:
These are a few basics from our experience to think about if you are wondering if you could have alpacas. Every farm will have its own unique circumstances and challenges. Here are a few other things to consider:
How many alpacas should you get?
If you're wondering whether alpacas might be right for you, consider scheduling an alpaca 101 farm tour with us to get an in-person understanding of what's involved in an alpaca's day-to-day care. You can also schedule a "meet the alpacas" farm tour or simply shop our farm store.
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