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  • Wright Choice Alpacas offers stud service; drive-by, boarded or  some times mobile breedings. Let's have a chat about what will work for you.
  • We offer boarding services for alpaca
  • Have an alpaca with a behavior problem? Can't get it to ___? I am an experienced alpaca trainer and I can most likely help. Let's talk.
  • I sell alpacas.
  • I make and sell alpaca products.
  • I enjoy having people visit and interact with the alpacas.

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Christmas is coming. Our Vermont grown {by my husband} Frazier and Balsam Fir Christmas trees will be  here for your choosing beginning 11/24/17 until they are gone. We also have a stocked for Christmas on-line and on farm store with alpaca products from raw fleeces to finished good including roving and yarn for the spinners and knitters in your life. Alpaca toys and clothing accessories. We will be open Sat., Sun. and Wed. 10am to 4pm for the Christmas season as well as call first for other days and times as we normally do. Click the on-line store button and you will be redirected to the site that holds my store.

Short stories

The Wonder of Cria

This short article is being reprinted, it was originally published in the NEAOBA NEWS, Winter 2006 addition.  In the more than eight years and a good number of cria born here at Wright Choice Alpacas, I find that the wonder does not fade.  Some of the worry about birthing and raising them does, but there will always be the possibility of troubles which only makes each one more precious, if that is in fact possible.  I think that enough years have gone by that many new eyes will have the chance to see what I see and hopefully have the chance to be touched as the cria have touched my heart.  I did in fact have to retype it as it was lost to a crashed computer.  I had kept the magazine though.  Here is the original in its entirety. 

What a wonderful world it is that includes these precious babes.  To watch them in their rollicking play, racing, darting this way and that, makes my heart sing and my eyes water.  The pure joy of taking flight with a bound in the middle of a lap around the field, I can just about feel that in my heart’s memory… of long ago but not far away, for me it is a glimpse of the timeless joy of being a kid in the country.  It tugs at a memory of barefoot races down the dirt roads of my childhood, or flying down a hill on a saucer and going airborne.  Of course we were not so graceful, but we thought so.

Any day that includes a few minutes of watching the cria playing and pronking is a day worth being alive.  There is very little to do with cria that isn’t a little piece of wonder.  It doesn’t seem to matter that this tiny babe, still wet from birth, struggling to get to its feet may well be the forth one that you have seen that summer.  They are precious little miracles, every one of them.  How they grow and discover what it means to be an alpaca is a daily experience, for me as well as for them.  I like to watch them as their personalities emerge.  Some of them, you know who they are from that first hour of life, in the way they deal with their trembling legs that just want to go everywhere but where they are needed.  The ones that are in an all-out battle to win control over those wandering limbs are future herd leaders no doubt.  The sweet, low keyed ones take longer to get to their feet.

Later the power plays as each little one starts working his way up the alpaca herd ladder.  I get a kick out of watching a twenty pound cria trying to intimidate an one hundred fifty pound female, it just makes me chuckle.  They apparently don’t feel that their small size should stop them from doing anything.

It’s a special treat for me when I let them out of the smaller night paddocks, especially after being kept in of visitors on Open Farm Days.  They are so full of energy that they race around at top speed as if their lives depended on it.  They are so fast that their legs are like the spokes of a wheel in motion.  They take a leap or change direction with phenomenal ease; it is a wonder that those tiny legs can do so without shattering! 

You are probably thinking that I’m new to alpacas, that I’m just learning all of this; yeah I’m new, about 2,000 days new!  These are like rainbows, and beautiful sunrises and sunsets, I’ll never stop watching and thanking God for such beauty.

Have you watched your cria play today?

Submitted by Deb Bahre, Wright Choice Alpacas

Alpaca Needs

  • Alpacas need other alpaca. To have only one is like being put in solitary confinement. Two is okay, the more the better from their point of view.
  • They need clean fresh water. An alpaca will drink 1 to 2 gallons of water daily.
  • Shelter, such as a three sided run-in barn, to provide shade, wind, rain and snow protection I use instant garages. Be sure that they can handle the wind and snow loads of your area.
  • Food, two to three pound of dry matter {hay or grass equivalent} a day, Supplemental feed if needed and minerals for alpacas and your region.
  • Shorn once a year.
  • Trim nails for comfort and to prevent tearing.
  • Space, generally 4 to 5 alpaca to the acre.
  • Fencing to keep out predators like dogs and coyotes. Mesh such as field or goat fences are good. At least 4 foot.
  • A worming plan to prevent Meningeal worm. Rabies vaccine.

These are suggested guide-line information. This is to give you a feel for alpaca care.