What is the difference between an alpaca and a llama?
While these animals are indeed cousins, they are very different. Some of the more obvious differences include the llama's larger size, taller build, coarser fleece, and longer ears. Alpacas are typically more skittish and timid, being bred only for their soft fleece. Llamas, however, have been bred as pack animals, so they are tougher and more independent.
Do alpacas spit?
Yes, but this is another difference between alpacas and llamas - alpacas only spit when under extreme stress or when pregnant females are shooing away other males.
How many colors are there?
There are about 22 different colors of alpacas, including black, white, brown, and several shades in between.
Do males and females look different at all?
Not really. There are small differences, like teeth development, but not many noticeable physical features to tell them apart.
What sounds do they make?
Mostly they make a 'humming' noise when in groups. They can also shriek when in distress or 'cluck' as a warning sound.
Why would anyone pay thousands of dollars for an alpaca?
A female alpaca can have 12-14 babies in her lifetime, so the owner's investment pays for itself gradually with each new cria. In addition, alpacas are sheared annually, which generates more revenue with each yield of fiber.
What is the fleece used for?
Raw fiber can be sold, or the fleece can be spun into yarn to produce apparel such as socks and scarves or to make other products, like teddy bears and pillows.
How often do you shear them?
Once a year, in the spring.
You don't eat your alpacas, do you?
No! Though this may occur sometimes in South America, it is not common practice in the United States.
How long do they usually live?
Alpacas can live into their late teens, early twenties.
What is a herdsire?
A herdsire is the proven alpaca male that is used for breeding.
Where do alpacas come from?
Alpacas come from South America, specifically from the Andes Mountains regions.
What do they eat?
They graze on low-protein grasses and hay.
Who runs the farm?
Liz and Jerry Bates, happily married for 12 years.
How many animals are on your farm?
We currently have about 25 female alpacas, 9 males, and 14 goats.
Do you breed your alpacas?
Yes we do. Please visit our page to view herdsires and pricing.
Are they for sale?
Yes! Click here to check out our alpaca listings and prices.
Are your goats for sale?
We are in the process of making our goats available for sale. Please call us at 770-377-6555 for more information.
Are your dogs for sale?
No! Our guard dogs are sadly not for sale :)
When are tours conducted?
Tours are conducted Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 10:00am and 2:00pm.
How much does it cost?
Currently, our tours are $20 per person.
How long does each tour last?
Tours typically last about two hours.
What exactly do you do on the tour?
First, you listen in on a small-group informational seminar about alpacas, their fleece, and our farm in particular. Then, you head on out into the pasture with your own bucket of feed to get up-close-and-personal with these soft and gentle creatures! You'll also meet our goats and end at the gift shop where you can purchase products made of real alpaca fleece!
What is required for the tour?
Dress comfortably and wear tennis shoes - you will be outdoors in a pasture, so no dresses, skirts, sandals or heels, please. Come prepared with either your Groupon voucher or PayPal confirmation.
I have a toddler - do I have to pay for their tour?
Any child who can walk is charged for the tour - this is because anyone who walks and feeds the animals is participating in the experience and uses the feed like other guests.