Alpacas for Christmas 2016

Discussion in 'Other Pets' started by Bansil, Dec 3, 2016.

  1. Bansil

    Bansil New Member

    751
    Jul 23, 2015
    Mnt city, TN
    Plan to pickup 3 or 4 as a Christmas gift to us:snowhat:

    they are 2 / 2-1/2 years old, female and can be lead on halter, that is all we know

    Hay/roughage is good

    goat feed and minerals are BAD

    clean water is good

    I know to look at them and "see" if they look healthy

    do I check Famacha like goats for Anemia? (or will they beat me up?) :mecry:

    clear eyes would be good

    WHAT to look for as a Newbie for health issues:scratch:

    HELP Ya'll got 2 weeks or so

    I do know they are ruminants like our goats, so that is a plus

    for basic meds be the same for them? vit B complex, redcell, probiatics etc

    What is ideal temperature? I assume check rectally also
     
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  2. SalteyLove

    SalteyLove New Member

    Jun 18, 2011
    New England
    Congrats on your soon-to-be additions!

    Does your family spin fiber or anything?

    I can't help with your questions as I have no alpaca experience but hopefully this will bump up your post so you can get some answers. I can't imagine them beating you up - they look like such lightweight frail creatures!
     

  3. Bansil

    Bansil New Member

    751
    Jul 23, 2015
    Mnt city, TN
    I was looking for a alpaca forum and only found an older less used one, I have been waiting a week for "approval"

    I am afraid of getting sick animals, goats I am cool with

    biggest issue I have is 1/2 the internet worms monthly for meningeal worms
    I have read they need ivermectin monthy to combat Meningeal worms, if that is true what a pain, others have never wormed them???

    I have no issues doing fecals monthly or weekly, can not be much different than the goats

    She wants to raise babies etc in the next couple years

    I tried Alpacanation, seems to be old and lame forum (it has been almost a week and not approved for membership)

    Any other places to ask advice?

    Hope to pickup on 17th/18th, I will be fencing and building troughs and gates this weekend...lows in the teens and highs at 30* :tears:

    Thanks for bump :smile:
     
  4. Jessica84

    Jessica84 Well-Known Member

    Oct 27, 2011
    California
    If your on Facebook there is alpaca farm life. I joined it when I got mine, for the same reason, just in case, for the most part I see just brags but it seems like there are a bunch of people who have had alpacas for ever. I've yet to run into a issue though so can't tell you for sure how helpful they really are
     
  5. Bansil

    Bansil New Member

    751
    Jul 23, 2015
    Mnt city, TN
    Okay we have been working hard last couple days,
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    Wife built a hay trough out of scrap and 2 x 4's
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    Borrowed work truck to get some extra hay
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    Hay is up, need to metal detect and rake again so we can put some hay down
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    Still need a water container, will alpacas eat the cord if I put a cow heater in water? :ponder:

    I know goats will :shocked: oops

    mentioning work
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    now have grading to do when it dries out
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  6. Bansil

    Bansil New Member

    751
    Jul 23, 2015
    Mnt city, TN
    Also picked up fencing supplies, didn't take pictures :scratch:

    I will finish last 50 feet Friday
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  7. ksalvagno

    ksalvagno Moderator

    Looks good. They may or may not bother the water heater. Try it when you can keep an eye on them.
     
  8. Bansil

    Bansil New Member

    751
    Jul 23, 2015
    Mnt city, TN
    got a question

    the farm has 5 females 3 are "REG" and 2 are "grade" I can't find a reference to this?

    Trying to learn more
     
  9. Redbarngoatfarm

    Redbarngoatfarm Member

    597
    Jul 7, 2015
    Southern Ontario
    basically reg is registered with traceable bloodlines...grade is not registered, either because lineage is not known, or because the alpaca was pet quality - or a gelded male which is not really worth the bother.

    I do love my alpaca because he is soooo gentle and never challenges the fencing....or chews on anything.
     
  10. ksalvagno

    ksalvagno Moderator

    Interesting that they are calling them grade now. It was either registered or not registered when I owned alpacas.
     
  11. Bansil

    Bansil New Member

    751
    Jul 23, 2015
    Mnt city, TN
    Thank you! Makes since now!
     
  12. Bansil

    Bansil New Member

    751
    Jul 23, 2015
    Mnt city, TN
    SO I need to pickup Ivermectin for monthly shots.

    I see it for horses, swine and cattle :scratch:

    is it done under skin or in muscles?

    Thanks
    y'all
     
  13. Redbarngoatfarm

    Redbarngoatfarm Member

    597
    Jul 7, 2015
    Southern Ontario
    I have only wormed once a year when sheared, otherwise have not had it necessary -and you would have a very hard time catching them for that, for sure!!
     
  14. Bansil

    Bansil New Member

    751
    Jul 23, 2015
    Mnt city, TN
    we have a large population of white tail deer so Meningeal worms is an issue
     
  15. fivemoremiles

    fivemoremiles Member

    441
    Jan 19, 2010
    western montana
    I found that my alpacas were like Boats the best day was the day I got them the next best day was the day I got rid of them.
     
  16. ksalvagno

    ksalvagno Moderator

    AlpacaNation was a great site back in the day. I'm not surprised it is dead now.

    Meningeal Worm is worse in the fall. I used to worm monthly from Sept to Jan. I would also worm if we had super wet months in the spring. SQ injection. Used to be 1cc per 50 lbs but don't know what it is now.
     
  17. catharina

    catharina Catharina

    Mar 16, 2016
    Northern California
    Are there different breeds of Alpacas?
     
  18. ksalvagno

    ksalvagno Moderator

    Huacaya and Suri.
     
  19. Bansil

    Bansil New Member

    751
    Jul 23, 2015
    Mnt city, TN
    finished up lot today and hope to see/touch new ladies tomorrow....wife will see and pick on Saturday....got butterflies and am nervous :fireworks::fireworks::fireworks:
     
  20. ksalvagno

    ksalvagno Moderator

    Good luck!