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    she's a cheeky bugger!!! lol truly, between Cat and Gag I only got to drink 1/2 my coffee!!!
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    Alpaca's do spit but humans normally only cop it if they come between two alpaca's having a bit of a biff. Or if they are put under extreme stress.

    Llama's spit a lot.

    The farms I went to around here get a shearer in, so would probably get the guy who comes down from the central coast to do ours at the same to make it worth while. It was a question I asked because I can see how someone wouldn't want to travel just for two.

    But they do their own feet trimming. The two farms also give good follow up service, you can even agist at their place if you need to rest your paddocks, but I didn't want to be knocking on their door every day of the week. They will even come and have a look at our place to give some suggestions. They're in the same suburb. But still I thought this was pretty good service and showed a great care for their animals.

    Yep we would get two, no one will sell you a single one anyway unless you've already got a couple.

    I think I'll join the Association, so I can keep receiving info and then make my mind up later in the year provided we have adequate fencing.

    Thanks guys.

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    All the best!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mouseandchicken View Post
    Alpaca's do spit but humans normally only cop it if they come between two alpaca's having a bit of a biff. Or if they are put under extreme stress.

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    Or if you are between them and a bag of delicious popcorn they have decided is theirs.

    (source - personal experience)

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    alpacas spit too trust me i copped it in the face.....yuck! and they are related to the camel!!!

    yes id get at least two they are a heard animal and get depressed if not with other alpacas or at least sheep. (the more you have the easier it is to get someone to clip and shear them) get young ones (as young as you can) and do lots and lots of handling.. walk them around in their halter with the dogs around, hand feed pat ect ect
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    Just for Cat.....Adam (the little one) and Daniel

    Adam is 8 yrs and came from guarding sheep. He lost his partner and became depressed. So Daniel who is 2 came along and these two are now the best of friends......ALWAYS together, retired and simply enjoying their lives.

    Nice boys, they give me no grief but I will be asking their owner to ensure their nails are clipped. I guess this will be done in spring when they are shawn.
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    Aww Shar they are a nice couple.

    The front one sure is a big boy.

    The fawn is a pretty colour.

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    Yes thats Daniel. They are very welcome guests. Quiet, unobtrusive and they keep the grass from going mental. I like having them here very much, but I hasten to add they are not my responsibility although the lady who does own them really doesn't do that much either. As I have said, she is 110 yrs old and missing a couple of toes!!! She hobbles over to them and feeds them daily, thats it!! We talk to them and they have put on weight and seem very happy here.
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    Oh they are very cute! I didn't know they can guard sheep.
    You should start knitting sweaters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cat View Post
    Oh they are very cute! I didn't know they can guard sheep.
    You should start knitting sweaters.
    Hmmm note to self: must learn to knit!!
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