Building an Alpaca feed shed

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Our Alpaca were coming and we had no facilities for them, as it was something of a surprise the way it came together.

Fortunately, they were coming on a day I had off from work and so Tommy and I ran to the store for some supplies and went to work. Here we have our generator and tools set out and are starting to lay out the simple framing. Our plan was a small 4×8 feed shed with a hay rack.

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We built the base up on landscaping timbers  to both keep it off the ground and also to allow us to move it more easily with the tractor. Tommy was running the screw gun on this and did a great job.

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The hay rack was made by ripping down 2x4s into strips, then making the lattice on a frame cut at an angle to allow for hay to load up, while still being strong enough to support the Llama and alpacas sticking their heads in it. So far it has worked out great. We built the whole house and feed rack for about the cost of buying a ready made feed rack, so it was a pretty significant savings and not that much effort.

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The alpaca like to lounge in the house as well as eat there, and it provides sufficient cover to get out of the elements with the over hang.

Huacaya Alpaca

Our alpaca, Buddy, is a fun little guy and keeps Dalai the Llama company in the paddock. We don’t raise the alpaca for farm use, though we will sell the fiber to a co-op to get some fuzzy warm socks or scarves. Mainly they keep each other entertained and Buddy likes to get into the barn and investigate everything and maybe steal a bit of food from anyone who is not looking!

buddy and Dalai