Winter weather and ALPACAS

Visitors often ask if the alpacas stay in the barn during snowstorms. The answer is ‘no’. The majority of them stay outside and seem to enjoy the snow. An alpaca with three inches of snow on his back will have warm, dry, fluffy wool underneath. Should there be a significant storm, they are wise enough to seek shelter.

As alpaca owners, a heavy winter snow means shoveling paths for the animals and lugging water buckets as water lines freeze. Feeding time doubles with added chores.

So, since alpacas stay warm and dry during snowstorms, doesn’t it make sense to wear alpaca socks, hats and gloves when working or playing outdoors this winter?