Maisie Daze Fleecery
For over a decade, the farm that Maisie Daze Fleecery currently sits on was once home to horses, goats, peacocks, ducks, geese, and donkeys. In 2014 we decided to change direction and began looking into options to replace the horses and livestock that once lived here. The owner is an avid knitter and was very interested in growing her own line of natural fibers. That led to the decision to begin one of South Georgia’s only alpaca & llama farm/fleecery.
The farm & barns were updated and altered to fully accommodate the special needs and lifestyle of alpaca and llamas. Once the decision was made, within a short period of time we were able to bring in a total of nine alpaca and one llama to create the very first Maisie Daze herd. Since bringing in our first animals, we have had many births and our herd has grown to its full potential. Take a look below at the farm and facilities we use to house our animals and learn why some of the changes were absolutely necessary.
Alpaca & llamas are actually native to the Andes Mountains in Chile & Peru, South America. This means taking special care to ensure the animals are able to stay cool and comfortable in the hot & humid summer months here in South Georgia.
We have multiple shelters, each outfitted with their own army of high velocity fans, to provide our herd with protection from the elements as well as a great place to cool off and enjoy some snacks.
One thing we have learned about our new furry friends is that they love to play in the water. Luckily for them, their main pasture is connected to a very shallow pond that allows them to get out and frolic in the water when the heat rises. Just like we love to swim in the pool during the summer, alpaca (and especially Reed the Llama) love playing in the water to cool off. We even have specially made ground sprinklers on timers that come on during the hottest part of the day for their comfort.
Alpaca eat very little. For the majority of the year both alpaca and llamas eat mostly grass. They are a grazing animal and do so sporadically throughout the day. During the colder months, we feed them specialty alpaca/llama food along with hay. Every now and then they get a treat even when the grass is plentiful. They don’t mind this special treatment, especially our little ones.