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#455119 - 06/06/06 01:26 PM Tuesday, June 6th, 2006  
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Hi Folks,

Has anyone here ever farmed? I grew up (from 8th grade on) near farms and our family had a farm with some cattle and corn/soybean fields. Recently my parents sold that farm because it's in the middle of the busiest development area of Indianapolis (Northeast Side) and bought a new farm in Southern Indiana that has some certified national forest on it and lots of open fields. I was thinking of getting some exotic animals as pets to have on the farm to go along with my families giant herd of Mini Donkeys. (I think it's up to about 38 donkeys now). I've owned my own exotic pet in the past. I had an African Pygmy Hedgehog which lived to be 8 years old (about 4 times the average) and which was a lot of fun. Now I am considering getting an Alpaca. They are supposed to be as friendly as dogs, they don't have hoofs (they have pads on their feet also like dogs) and are similar to but much smaller than Llamas and much friendlier. They are wool animals as farming goes, (people don't eat them outside of the Andes in South America) but they are quite expensive since they're still rare in the US. However you can get what they call a "Fiber" animal (i.e. too ugly/flawed to be bred.. whatever that means) so they're only used for pets or wool. Apparently Alpace sweaters are allergy free for people. There's an entire industry of mom and pop sized farms with Alpaca's who make their own clothing from the hair.

But for me, I just want a cool new pet that can life on the new farm. If I really like it, I might get a few more and let the herd start growing so that at some point down the road, it would actually produce some income. As one of the "artist" community, I don't have a retirement plan, so perhaps Alpaca's are an option for old age! = )

Okay.. I know it sounds a bit silly.. but then aren't artists supposed to be? So.. have any of you owned or grown exotic animals? Share your stories here!

Brian

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#455120 - 06/06/06 03:21 PM Re: Tuesday, June 6th, 2006  
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Umm! Brian, you may want to clarify exactly what an 'african pygmy'is. Goat??

#455121 - 06/06/06 06:01 PM Re: Tuesday, June 6th, 2006  
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Cool, a hedge hog or an echidna (sp?)? Cute little critter.

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#455124 - 06/06/06 08:42 PM Re: Tuesday, June 6th, 2006  
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#455125 - 06/06/06 09:16 PM Re: Tuesday, June 6th, 2006  
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I grew up on a small farm and we although we never had any exotic animals, we always had animals. Mostly cows, pigs, turkeys, ducks, a horse, and even at one time a donkey. I miss it a lot. Sometimes more than others. I now live in a suburb in house with a small, but nice, lot with people all around us. I love going back home to visit, taking walks by the creek, just breathing fresh air.

My father always raised tobacco and we spent a lot of hot summer days working with it. That's one of the things I don't miss.

We always had a garden too and since leaving home, I have really come to appreciate my mom's cooking and having fresh vegetables even more than I used to.

Even though we didn't have exotic pets, my brother and I were always finding new "pets" for ourselves, whether it was barn mice, turtles, frogs, crawdads, lizards, or whatever. I guess when you're a boy, you think anything you can catch can be a pet.

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#455126 - 06/06/06 11:29 PM Re: Tuesday, June 6th, 2006  
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I'm a city boy but I used to have to work on relatives farms in the summer. Mostly on a truck farm (fruits and veggies)but there were a couple of summers on a horse farm. Thems hard workin folks. Once I worked a rodeo as the kid on the calf chute. I was a proud youngun and never realized that no one else wanted the job. Found out them critters crap all over the place when they run out of the chute and the chute boy gets spattered. Live and learn...

#455127 - 06/07/06 12:00 PM Re: Tuesday, June 6th, 2006  
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I own and live on a farm,vegetables,no animals.I am retired from farming,my son now operates the farm.Lots of hard work,very little money.People don't realize the bargin that they get when they buy vegetables.The wholesalers and retailers make much more profit on the produce than the farmer,and the farmer does all the work and takes all the risk.Sounds like the music industry.

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HiDee Brother Brian!

I've seen Alpacas & Llamas in their native habitat in Ecuador & Peru...& they're really fine, cuddly Big-Enuf to take care of 'emselves Critters. Have Really Serene attitudes, too...think they'd make Ideal Pets.

Dunno about Ideal Investments, tho...(Remember all the Ostrich Farmers who were gonna get rich...& didn't?) But I've never detected a Mean Streak in the Alpacas...(Or the Peruvians, too..for that matter!)..& an Irate Ostrich can killya.

I live about a Mile-&-a-Half from Tampa's City Center..in my own li'l Manmade Rain Forest..& we're workin' on breeding MacCaws in our Retirement Years, among other things. Got 4 now...prolly have to buy a Small Farm in the burbs to get a larger flock t'breed..since our Neighbors have their Noise Limits & we Understand.

Good Luck with your Critters...they're pretty Quiet & Tidy! (We're Jealous..heh-heh!)

Big Guy-Hug,
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#455129 - 06/07/06 01:24 PM Re: Tuesday, June 6th, 2006  
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Stan,

That's great about your birds. Linda loves birds, I am not so much of a fan. I just have this thing about pets that will almost certainly outlive me and nearly anyone else alive today! = )

I doubt we'll mortgage the house to get an alpaca farm. The ones I saw that were "fiber" animals were 350 dollars each. I the breeding females start at around 10K and go up from there! ack!

Linda wants to do a South American Roadtrip. There's so many places we want to see I don't know when we'll get there, but we'd love to go all the way down to the southern tip of South Am. and then take a boat to Antartica as well. Did you do that?

Brian


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