I know when it’s 18° at 6:30 in the morning, we will surely see somewhere in the high 30's today. If not, no big deal, because it is still much warmer than it was last week when we were below zero or in the single digits.
We even placed one infrared heat lamp above the alpacas. Phoenix and Slugger both laid underneath it most of the time. This is not surprising since the Suri alpacas have dreadlocks instead of fluffy, thick fiber like the Huacaya alpacas have. The dreadlocks do not afford much insulation for the animal, because you can almost see the skin as the long straight fibers twist among themselves making the dreadlocks. The Huacaya fiber is like having a 3 to 4 inch blanket upon your back. Usually the weather doesn’t even penetrate the Huacaya’s coat, but rather lies upon the surface of the fluffy matt. A hard, driving rain will penetrate, but they don’t seem to care.
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