Welcome to Secluded Wood Alpacas blog.
This part of our website is a chronicle of setting up and running our new alpaca farm in Sooke, BC. We started with a house on 4 acres of forested land and needed to end up with a property suitable for raising alpacas and assorted other critters.
This is our journey.
|Posted on January 31, 2015 at 4:10 PM||comments (2)|
An alpaca was killed by neighborhood dogs recently, just kilometers north of us. Here is a link to the story.
This photo is from a separate dog attack in 2014
Even well trained and behaved dogs can be very unpredictable around livestock and should never be allowed to roam. A friend brought her extremely well trained dog to the farm for a visit. Once inside the pasture this consistently well behaved dog instantly started chasing the alpaca and would not obey any commands from its owner. We had to chase the dog down to separate it before it exhausted the poor alpaca.
So don’t think it’s just the pit bulls and other aggressive breed dogs that can do damage. Your sweet little precious pooch many not be so precious if it gets a chance to terrorize my alpaca.
Almost daily we have sightings and find physical evidence that neighbourhood dogs, which are allowed to roam free, out of their own yards, have been well inside our property line, close to the pasture terrorizing our dogs who have been charged with the protection of the herd.
I keep posting this but feel it is important to keep saying...
Neighbourhood dogs are the biggest threat to alpacas and other livestock. Dogs, allowed to roam free, are not only a danger to livestock, they are a danger to themselves. I have had to dodge and swerve to avoid hitting several neighbourhood dogs that just wander along our windy, narrow county road.
|Posted on December 11, 2014 at 7:05 PM||comments (0)|
Get in the Spirit with our most popular items this winter... The Spirit Bear hats and headbands.
Inspired by the Great White Spirit Bear, or Kermode bear, which is found only in British Columbia, Canada, our Spirit Bear design is going quickly and will not return to these parts until next fall. So get your Spirit Bear now.
Want to know more about the Spirit Bear? Click here for a great video link.
|Posted on December 7, 2014 at 3:45 PM||comments (0)|
Our Ear Flap Toques are inspired by the traditional hats worn in the Peruvian Andes, the ancestral home of the Alpaca.
They are also worn by the peoples of the Himalayas giving rise to the name Sherpa Hats.
Alpaca products are becoming more popular with outdoor sports enthusiasts who recognize that the lighter weight, wicking properties and better warmth provides more comfort, especially in colder weather.
The excellent breathability and wicking properties means you stay Warm not Wet !
Alpaca Fibre has a tensile strength greater than wool, giving it excellent durability.
It doesn't have the "itch factor" of some wools, is warmer than Merino wool.
It contains no grease, oil or lanolin making it hypoallergenic.
Our Toques are machine knit right here on Southern Vancouver Island.
Made of 70% Alpaca & 30% Nylon, these hats will keep you warm and hold their shape for years.
Colours and designs may vary.
Contact us by phone or e-mail and we can let you know what we have instock.
$60 + Tax
|Posted on December 3, 2014 at 3:10 PM||comments (1)|
Detox your laundry by using 100% Natural Alpaca Fiber Dryer Balls.
Fabric Softeners and Dryer Sheets can contain all kinds of harmful chemicals, including hidden fragrance chemicals that many people are sensitive to.
University researchers found hazardous chemicals, including acetaldehyde and benzene, which are classified by the USA Environmental Protection Agency as carcinogens. YIKES!
These chemicals can build up and clog your dryer’s lint screen, making your dryer a lot less efficient. They also get into your cloths and can rub off on your skin.
Additionally, dryer sheets are not renewable. Think of the amount of waste in used dryer sheets that a typical family would use in a single year alone.
What about those synthetic or rubber dryer balls? I haven't found any research on this, but you can't tell me that heated up rubber isn't giving off some pretty nasty stuff into the environment and your cloths.
Advantages of 100% Natural Alpaca Fibre Dryer Balls:
• They have NO CHEMICALS to harm the environment, you or your family.
• They save you money by replacing fabric softener and dryer sheets.
• They save energy and reduce your hydro bill by shortening dryer time.
• They soften cloths, reduce static cling and reduce wrinkling.
• They are made of 100% pure natural colour Alpaca Fibre, so cannot run or bleed onto you laundry.
You can add a few drops of your own essential oil to each ball to give your laundry a customized fragrance. But be sure to use chemical free essential oils.
How do Alpaca Dryer Balls work?
• They decrease drying time by better circulating and separating your laundry, getting the warm dry air right down to the core of the laundry load!
• They soften and reduce wrinkling by gently fluffing your laundry as they bounce around in the dryer.
• The more Alpaca Fiber Dryer Balls you add to your dryer, the faster the drying time, softer the feel and more money you will save.
How many Alpaca Dryer Balls do you need?
• 2 - 3 Alpaca Dryer Balls, tossed into the dryer with your wet laundry will greatly reduce static.
• 4 balls will greatly reduce your drying time.
• 6 balls are the best for softening and greatly reducing drying time, especially in large loads.
How long do Alpaca Dryer Balls last?
Alpaca dryer balls should last for years if given proper care. However, some people like to renew them every 12 months for "fresher" product.
How do I care for my Alpaca Dryer Balls?
Make sure they dry out completely after each use to prevent molding. They can get a bit pilly, but you can depill them with a razor or sweater de-piller. If they start to fall apart, you can replace them or try this fix: Refelt them by slipping them into some panty hose, tied off in individual sections, and running them through a mildly soapy HOT water machine wash and dry cycle.
$10 for a package of 2 100% Natural Alpaca Fiber Dryer Balls.
$25 for a full set of 6
|Posted on October 26, 2014 at 10:15 PM||comments (0)|
As the weather is getting cooler, our thought go to the wonderful warmth of alpaca fibre. Last seasons shearing has returned from the fibre mill as luxurious scarves, hats, head bands & socks.