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wellington womble



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 08, 16 9:28 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

tahir wrote:
Bodger wrote:
don't for a minute consider letting any hormonally charged horsey or pony ladies on to your land with their Knaggs.


I know that. I've lost count of the number of people that have wanted to keep a horse or two there.


Lady J keeps saying now we have room for horses. I keep saying we don't. I've just bought her some Guinea pigs to cuddle. If alpacas keep the horse-hankering at bay, that would save me some money. I'm also really hoping they will save me having to replace my hens every five minutes. It's costing a fortune!

Nick



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 08, 16 10:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

wellington womble wrote:
tahir wrote:
Bodger wrote:
don't for a minute consider letting any hormonally charged horsey or pony ladies on to your land with their Knaggs.


I know that. I've lost count of the number of people that have wanted to keep a horse or two there.


Lady J keeps saying now we have room for horses. I keep saying we don't. I've just bought her some Guinea pigs to cuddle. If alpacas keep the horse-hankering at bay, that would save me some money. I'm also really hoping they will save me having to replace my hens every five minutes. It's costing a fortune!


You could learn to say No.

Bodger



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 08, 16 10:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

We bought our daughter a horse when she was ten or twelve. We really, really didn't know what we were letting ourselves in for. While her friends grew out of them, she didn't. She's thirty now and has only been horseless for coming up for two years.
She's currently in her second year touring the world and is doing now what her siblings did at a much younger age. She'll be back home in December when she'll no doubt apply pressure on us for another horse. Not a chance !

Chez



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 08, 16 11:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I think you have to tip them over and sit on them to shear them and it can be quite exciting. I don't think you make any money out of them - I think that's why everyone is so against them, because at one point there was an Alpaca selling Pyramid Scheme. But they are very personable - a friend has four, bought by accident as a Christmas present by her husband, instead of the jumper she wanted.

Ali keeps them partly to keep the foxes off the hens, I think - you still lose the first bird, but your Watch Alpaca chases them off once it notices. However, my understanding of that aspect of it is that because they are herd animals, to get them to behave like that, you have to make them think they are part of the chicken flock, so they are a bit twisted mentally, compared to how they are in a herd.

They're not a self-caring option - but they do have nice noses .

sean
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 08, 16 11:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Do they try to perch when you've warped their psyches? I'd pay good money to see that. Or one trying to get into a nesting box.

Nick



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 08, 16 11:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

sean wrote:
Do they try to perch when you've warped their psyches? I'd pay good money to see that. Or one trying to get into a nesting box.


As the Mastermind behind Tahir's Tapirs, or Tapir World, or whatever you're calling it, you'd get 10% off the entrance price, too. Bargain.

Chez



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 08, 16 11:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

That's why Ali has got that enormous barn. It's for the perching alpacas.

tahir



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 08, 16 11:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Chez wrote:
They're not a self-caring option - but they do have nice noses .


That's not selling them to me

wellington womble



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 08, 16 12:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Nick wrote:
You could learn to say No.


I have, but she has this incredibly adult tendency to go on and on until given a logical reason she can understand, once she gets it it's no longer an issue. Not to mention creative problem solving. You should hear her fox-culling plans!

I think she might take after me a bit...

Jam Lady



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 08, 16 12:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Shearing Alpacas

Chez



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 08, 16 1:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

tahir wrote:
Chez wrote:
They're not a self-caring option - but they do have nice noses .


That's not selling them to me


I really don't see why not. It's the entire content of my own Alpaca Business Plan.

Woo



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 08, 16 4:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

am I right in assuming you can eat them?
nice noses not withstanding.
I thought I read somewhere they are used to guard sheep from bad dogs?
do they taste a bit like chicken or lamb? or does it depend on who they live with?
WW a couple of guinea pigs are far more cuddly... good luck persuading ladyJ.

Bodger



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 08, 16 7:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

You might have to reconsider your security and add some higher fences.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-37305330

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