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tahir

Alpaca maybe?

Wife and youngest are still keen on getting something in our 3 acre field. They've been told by an alpaca keeper that they are ideal; no need for supplementary feeds, no feet trimming, no dagging.

Is this true? If so, how many would a 3 acre field support?
sean

I refer you to every other thread on here ever about alpacas. People who own the ruddy things and want to sell them will say anything.
tahir

There's only really one thread that I can find with the wonderful DS search button that actually discusses much about keeping them. Hopefully someone (where are you Alison) can fill me in.

As you say people with livestock to offload can talk through therir backsides to get you to buy
Ty Gwyn

You still need to shear them,one type yearly the other type every other year,
My new /last year neighbours have a dozen of them,and 4 youngsters this year,i will inquire with them next time I see them regarding foot trimming etc.
sean

How about a free range guinea pig colony? Or capybaras.
tahir

Thanks ty
tahir

How about a free range guinea pig colony? Or capybaras.


Or tapirs?
wellington womble

They do need shearing, foot trimming, vaccinating and something doing to their teeth. They also need some concentrate. Many people are quite scathing about them being expensive and useless. I personally think they would be cheaper than the lawnmower I bought (by several thousand pounds, actually!) and that there are a great deal more useless pets out there, and no reason why there shouldn't be.

I fancy a couple to keep the grass down, fertilise the vegetable beds and protect the chickens from my fox plague. I love the fibre as well. I just need to sort out some fencing and a field shelter, I think. It's either that or I'm going to plant flax and grow my own bedsheets.
sean

How about a free range guinea pig colony? Or capybaras.


Or tapirs?

Tapirworld. Your OH and youngest get an animal or two and you get the income from ticket sales. Genius. I'll take 10% of turnover as royalties.
dpack

it would take a lot of guineapigs to mow 3 acres and capybara like a nice warm swamp, tapirs are forest beasts and not well designed for grazing grass.

alison's alpacas were charming at a safe distance.

i get the impression they need about as much care as sheep but with a bit less stroppyness, escaping and seeking unusual ways to die.

however these folk seem to know a lot about alpacas linky and it seems they also seek unusual ways to die and although not as stroppy as sheep can still be a bit difficult.

any scythe clubs round your way? Laughing
Bodger

I too have fleetingly toyed with the idea of having Alpacas but I've never got past the hellish prices that are still being asked for them.
There isn't any profit in it for me, other than our land not turning into jungle but two weeks ago I arranged for a local farmer to drop three cows and their calves off at our place. They're only lodgers but I can pretend that they're mine.
I find them marvellously therapeutic, no worries and no risk of any financial loss. I quite literally spend hours staring at them Over the Gate but I do have one problem. I keep on losing the piece of straw that I put in my mouth. Very Happy













tahir

Tapirworld. Your OH and youngest get an animal or two and you get the income from ticket sales. Genius. I'll take 10% of turnover as royalties.

I don't think you can get 10% of thruppence.
tahir

I arranged for a local farmer to drop three cows and their calves off at our place. They're only lodgers but I can pretend that they're mine.

I really need to track down a local livestock farmer
Bodger

Try the pub for the farmers and for goodness sake don't for a minute consider letting any hormonally charged horsey or pony ladies on to your land with their Knaggs. I speak from experience. Don't trust anything with two sets of teeth, I'm speaking of the horses of course. Laughing tahir

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.
wellington womble

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

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

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 ! Very Happy
Chez

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 Smile.
sean

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

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

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

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

That's not selling them to me Smile
wellington womble

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

Shearing Alpacas Chez

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

That's not selling them to me Smile

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

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? Wink Wink
WW a couple of guinea pigs are far more cuddly... good luck persuading ladyJ. Smile
Bodger

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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