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Alpacas

Here the articles of the blog that are related to alpacas, its raising, and the development of alpaca products.

Everything you must know for choosing Tinkuy baby alpaca wear

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We know you not only care about wearing something cute, comfortable and fashionable, there’s often more reasons for you to stop and think about why you should choose some brands up the others. And this kind of questions get more frequently when we talk about what kind of winter clothes we should get. We spent our days looking for more information about what kind of wool or fleece we should choose and why. But do not worry anymore. Because today, here, at Tinkuy, we are going to give you some reasons of why you should choose us and our baby alpaca fleece instead other.

Our baby alpaca against other wools Let’s start by this topic. It is true that there is a big variety of wools at the market, some cheaper or more expensive than others. But between all that, our baby alpaca fleece is one of the most wanted at the market. And here are the reasons why. - Alpaca hair is a lightweight, soft, warm and strong fiber. It’s softer, warmer, more durable than sheep fibers and even are cheaper than Mohair wool, which is considered a luxury fiber. - The fleece we use on our clothes are likely to be 100% hypoallergenic because of its natural properties of this fiber. - Each individual strand is hollow, this gives alpaca a tremendous thermal capacity that allows for a breathable fiber with an insulating nature from cool and warm temperatures and so will be when we use this fleece. These are only some of the advantages about this excellent fiber. But there’s more if you make a comparison with sheep or goat wool.

Collateral Damage Sheep, goat and alpaca feeds from grass, but do you know that the sheep and goat cause more damage? They do, their pointy hooves destroy the field where they walk and feed. Also when they eat the grass they eat it up to the root leaving the place where the pass arid and deserted. With alpacas, on other hand these things don’t happens. They fluffy and softy hooves doesn’t hurt the path they walk and they eat only grass, leaving nature intact.
And if it wasn’t least, you can make what you do with the fleece of one alpaca than you would do with twenty sheep or goats. Making this way a process less stressful for the animals and way cheaper for us.

Animal Harm! We want to be honest with everyone, and in that way there’s some other reasons why you should choose our baby alpaca fleece. Sheep and goats are forced to mate with other breed of their species to get more wool that they would normally get, that’s way that their skin get more sweat and get sick of fly-strike. A disease that is not treated by their farmers, instead of that they mutilate them for save his fleece and let the flies “do their things” That’s not all, when they finally get rid of their farmers, go through a horrible transportation process, where they are caught in little cells where they don’t receive enough food or water and eventually dying.

We know it’s not a nice image, we don’t accept that. That’s why we go for the baby alpaca’s fleece. Let me tell you this way. Alpacas are very reliable animals and can be even treated as a home pet if you have the environment necessarily for his cares. They are shorn once every year and a half or two, and even they enjoy of this. With our 0 harmless process of shorn, they feel fresh and happy again and walks out freely. We are really concerned about the treatment of this animals, and how much they have to go through just for his fibers. That’s why in Tinkuy, we really care. We make every part of the process 100% ecofriendly, not only for the animals but the environment. Our artisans are part of this plan, they enjoy of knit and they are well payed for his worked. We don’t believe in factories, we are a handmade baby alpaca fleece company that is looking to make a statement of awareness and impose a fashionable ecofriendly trend.

Alpacas are everywhere!

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When you think about alpacas, you probably think on the Andes mountains as well. Maybe you recall a photo of alpacas wandering near Machu Picchu or the surroundings. Truth is alpacas are everywhere today. Despite the fact they are still mainly in Peru, Bolivia, Chile and Argentina, they are also in North America, Australia, New Zealand, China and zoos all around the world.

Alpacas like the heights of the Andes and cold weather, but they are domestic and quite adaptable too. They can live peacefully in regions that are warmer or flat. All they need is some space to wander about and a lot of plants to eat.

Now, as promised, here a list of alpaca photos you can freely use. Just make sure to respect and comply with the photographers' requirements when doing it.

Young male alpaca Young male alpaca by Seb Hunt

Alpaca semiprofile Alpaca semiprofile by Seb Hunt

Baby alpaca in Peru Baby alpaca in Peru by Natascha Martogli

Alpaca herd in Peru Alpaca herd in Peru by Natascha Martogli

Curious baby alpaca Curious baby alpaca by Pierre J

Baby alpaca greeting Was that an alpaca smooch? by Katherine

Alpaca with family Alpaca with its family by Liz

Baby alpaca after fleece Baby alpaca after fleece by Miriam

Welcome to the world! Welcome to the world! by Katherine

Alpaca with wool Alpaca with wool by Kubi

Alpaca and its baby Alpaca and its baby by Liz M

Two baby alpacas Two baby alpacas by Sid

Baby alpaca in the Andes Baby alpaca in the Andes by j_gldsck

Alpacas in Peru Alpacas in Peru by Paul Summers

Alpacas in Sacsayhuaman Alpacas in Sacsayhuaman by Susan Campo

A tender baby alpaca A tender baby alpaca by Jim Lietsman

Alpaca and baby Alpaca and baby by Terence McCormack

Hello! Hello! by Miguel Muñoz

A slender alpaca A slender alpaca by Michelle Bender

Sunset with alpacas Sunset with alpacas by Jim Donahue

How much does a baby alpaca weigh?

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A baby alpaca weighs between 6 kg and 9 kg at birth, and reaches between 25 kg and 40 kg at the sixth month of age. They are smaller than llamas, which weigh go from between 9 kg and 14 kg at birth to between 35 kg and 65 kg at the sixth month of age.

Let's take the opportunity to learn a little more about how Peruvian alpaca owners take care of their herds. The first thing to learn is that you need to be quite careful with the females. Allow us to elaborate.

In the alpaca business, the animal husbandry begins with a proper management of females before and during gestation. Before breeding, it is important to keep young females away from males to prevent health problems (in the female) for breeding too early. Alpacas, unlike other mammals, do not have a mating season. Ovulation is induced by the presence of males' sperm. That's why it is important to keep young females separate until they are old enough to breed.

Baby alpacas are born after eleven and half months of gestation. There may be two babies, but it rarely happens. The newborn baby alpaca will be able to stand up about half an hour after it is born. They look lovely, by the way.

Alpacas are really dependent on their mother's milk, so owners need to make sure those females that are expecting are strong, healthy and well fed. Else, they won't be able to create enough milk for their offspring (called cría, in Spanish). This extra care starts when the alpaca female is at about 7 or 8 months of gestation.

Despite the fact during the first week of its life you can sometimes see a baby alpaca eating some grass or other type of solid food, this will not become a main component of its feeding until the second month of age.

We will tell you more in future articles.