Weekend Warriors – First half of December 2017

It seems like the holiday season is in full swing around here- which leaves me very little time for writing at the moment. We’ve decorated the Gillis Fuel office for the town’s contest. We got our tree and decorated the homestead for our own pleasure. MrGillis and I are planning the big family gathering and…

Joining the Alpacas Owner’s Association

The Alpaca’s Owners Association (AOA) is a national registry to help alpaca owners navigate the industry, for both the best of the owners and the animals. There are three tiers of membership, Alpaca Owner, Registry Member and Association Member. There are quite a few differences between the three tiers, and if you’re interested in those…

Weekend Warriors- The Sum of November 2017

Wow. I cannot believe how fast this month has gone by. We have been so super busy, trying to get together everything before snow starts to fly, that I don’t even really have any pictures to put up. First, we’ve finished the shed addition as much as we can for now – we still have…

Meet & Greet November 25th

Before winter really hits (hopefully) we’d like to invite people to come meet our Alpacas, Chickens and Bunny. So November 25th, from 9am to 3pm we’ll be at our farm, ready to answer question, introduce animals and bring a nice end to the season. This event is weather permitting, as everything is outside. If we…

Thunder Bun – and everything else that happened this weekend

This was a pretty crazy, jam packed weekend on the Gillis homestead. Saturday dawned and we spent the majority of the morning doing household chores. I hung with Izzy while conquering the laundry and weekly cleaning tasks, while MrGillis finished the second alpaca paddock( more on that in another blog). Then, Izzy got restless, so…

Slow feed hay cage for livestock

Thursday afternoon I walked into a very messy barn housing some very happy looking alpacas.   This is a becoming an expensive mess. So being the DIY problem solver that I am, I made a quasi-slow feeder hay cage Saturday morning. The deal with it is simple. I took two pieces of similar sized welded…

My Favorite Alpaca References

Just like I did with My Favorite Chicken  References, its time to share my favorite places to go for information on our Alpacas. So far it’s just a list of websites- there are not a lot of well reviewed publications about raising alpacas unless you can shell out some serious dough. So for right now, I’ll…

A General Guide to Alpaca Care

If you haven’t read our insane, how we got alpacas story, you really should. It’s good background for this post.  A Complete Novice’s Guide to Alpaca Care: Meaning me, I am the novice. And I am here to share with you how I take care of our herd in a general every day basis. There are…

Meet Our Alpacas!

We have been spending the last few days getting to know our new family members and we thought it was time for some introductions. We’ll update with new pictures and personality factoids as we get them.  Our alpacas are Huayacas- this basically means that their fiber is soft, dense and has a crimp in it. …