The Cost of: Owning Alpacas

An analysis of the cost of owning a herd of alpacas- including shelter, care, and more!

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Turning Fiber into Money

Part of our homestead dream is for our animals to basically pay for themselves. This has been a bit of a trial and error deal with the chickens (best money so far is in pickled eggs by far, but it is a time intensive and smelly process). With our herd of alpacas, we are hoping…

Expanding our Alpaca Herd

Big news on the farm- We’ve adopted 6 new female alpacas! This last Sunday, we were fortunate enough to be able to borrow a livestock trailer from a local cow/turkey farmer and we took the long drive to Justa Alpaca Farm in Farmington Maine and picked them up. She was rehoming her entire herd, and…

The Alpacas have been SHEARED

A big Thanks to the crew of Mariacher Shearing Service- they got to our place in the middle of no where, set up their stations, had our herd taken care of and were back on the road to the next job in less then 2 and a half hours. It was a whirlwind, an education…

How to Build Alpaca Fencing

So really, MrGillis is the authority on this, but until he is willing to sit down and write a post himself, I guess I just have to explain it as best I can, myself. I decided to write this blog, because I am proud of our fencing. Like, really proud. We get complimented on it,…

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…

Official Start of Our Farm

So we’ve been toying with Gillis Gardens for a few years now, and now it’s time to get serious. Our first step in making our farm a viable business was to utilize the internet- this was in several ways- 1- I started this blog, two years ago, to see if I had the fortitude do…

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…