Alpaca Afternoon

Over a river and through the woods to Burgis Brook Alpacas we go:

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This weekend some of my knitting friends and I ventured out to a local alpaca farm to ooh and aah over the cuteness that is an alpaca.  They were in their full fleeces, just a month or so away from getting shorn.  This means there were plenty of fluffy faces to fondle and take portraits of!

Baby Goldrush
Baby Goldrush

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Some interesting, fun, and sometimes odd facts about alpaca:

  • They are native to South America and are related to camels and llamas.

  • They have no top front teeth.  Their teeth grow throughout their lives, getting filed down naturally as they eat and forage.

  • They defecate in a collective area, keeping the rest of their pen/pasture clean.

  • Gestation is 11.5 months and the mothers don’t eat the afterbirth.

  • A baby alpaca is called a cria.

  • Alpaca fiber has a smooth shaft and no lanolin.  There are over 20 different colors of alpacas!

At Burgis Brook, the alpacas are clearly well loved and cared for.  They all have names, and the owners can tell them apart immediately.  Even all the white ones, which for the most part looked the same to me!

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I think we were all a little shy at first, stepping around the alpacas, slyly sticking a hand out for them to sniff.  They seemed to be just as interested in us, and soon we were two herds of disparate animals curiously checking each other out.  By the end of our visit we were completely comingled with the gentle beasties having a great time!

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The farm is very open to having visitors, so if you are passing through Connecticut it is definitely worth a stop.  They also sell their own alpaca yarn at the farm and at fiber festivals such as Rhinebeck.

If you’d like to see all my photos from the day, visit my flickr set here.

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9 thoughts on “Alpaca Afternoon

  1. Oh! The babies are so cute! There’s going to be an Alpaca Fair next weekend in my town, I think I’ll have to go. Your pictures get me all excited to go!

    It looks like you had a great time!

  2. Ohhhhh…….so cute! I’ll bet it brought back memories of baby lambs and living in the country?

  3. What a beautiful color! I love it! I am so silly, I forgot to mention I received the beautiful sock yarn and I am so excited! I might make something like you did, I never thought of using sock yarn for something else besides socks…I think I would wear it more if it was something as beautiful as your lace scarf 🙂 Thank you so much again! This is my first beautiful yarn experience! >_<
    ❤ Emilee

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