About Magic Willows-
Magic Willows Alpacas is an alomst 14 acre farm located about 2 miles north of Hartford, WI just east of Hwy. 83. We raise Suri alpacas for their fine, ultrasoft fiber which is used to make a variety of products from yarns and knitted items to stuffed animals and very durable rugs. Currently we have 42 Suri alpacas, 2 Huacaya alpacas and 1 llama who keeps everybody in line.
We operate a Farm Store on our farm selling alpaca products as well as farm related gifts and decor. We also sell honey and handmade goat's milk soaps and lotions, chicken and duck eggs and whole or quartered roasting chickens.
Our Farm Store will reopen August 31st with new expanded days and hours.
We offer shearing services to small farms in Wisconsin and northern Illinois. We limit our shearing to farms with less than 20 animals. Shearing season usually starts in mid-April and extends through the end of June. We shear for maximum harvest so producers can make the most from their fiber.
In addition to shearing the fiber from the animals, we also can grade and sort all types of natural fibers through the Sort, Grade Class system. We then provide information on possible uses for each grade of fiber and outlets for processing.
Alpaca sales is also part of our farm business. We provide information on what it takes to raise alpacas and support any farms new to the business. We have recently begun a "Trial Placement" program for those interested in raising alpacas but aren't sure they which area they'd like to focus on (pets, fiber, breeding stock, etc.) See our Services Page for more details.
The Latest News-
Last December, one of our new additions, Rosebud, delivered an unexpected bundle on a 14 degrees day. Rudy was born on 12/19/16 and after a rough beginning is now a thriving little boy.
In May, we sold 3 of our girls to a lovely family up in Eau Claire. I think they are going to be well taken care of and perhaps, a bit more spoiled than they were here. Good Luck in your new home Bonnie, Isabella and Kristina!
As many of our neighbors and customers know, our pole barn burned down in April, 2016. It will be rebuilt, probably in September of this year. Once the barn is back up, we will be moving the boys back in there and our Farm Store will be located in the front of the barn- larger and more accessible.
We lost our bunnies this year- Bunelope Garcia crossed over the Rainbow Bridge and Daisy and Kismet perished in the fire. Here is what they look like before and after their haircuts last year. We hope to replace them soon.
Farm Days Postponed-
Because of the fire, we will not be hosting our Open House at the end of September for National Alpaca Farm Days.
We will move it a little later to coincide with the Rubicon Area Farm Tour on October 8th and 9th. The Farm Tour is just on the 8th but we'll be open both days. Come see how our barn is progressing and visit ours and 6 or 7 farms in the area as well as Perc Place in Hartford.
Our border collie puppy, Penny, turned 2 years old in February. She passed her Basic Dog Training class and continues to learn how to herd the critters on the farm. She has learned to not chase the chickens but will gather them up when it's time to go to the coop at night. She's has also helped round up our boys when they made a break for the marsh- not sure who left their gate open (?)
The ducks moved into their new "apartment" in the pole barn but had to move back out to their old house and run after the fire. They are a little cramped but managing well. Our Magpie duck decided she wanted to hatch some of her eggs so in July, we welcomed her 6 ducklings. It has been interesting watching her teach them the ways of the farm, especially how to avoid Penny, and helping them integrate into the rest of the flock.
Our Newest Members
Magic Willows is always welcoming new faces. Our friend, Gordy from MBZ Alpacas brought down his Rosbud (and her little guy, Rudy); Casper whose a beautiful rose grey Suri boy and Alexander, our second Huacaya. Nuttin' But Trouble came last spring and is doing his PR job beautifully. He and the three amigos (Sebastion, Zimmy and Bohdi) marched in Hartford and Grafton Christmas parades.
Raymond, our peacock also got some new girlfriends this year- Thelma and Louise. They are still a little shy so no photos yet. Thelma has decided to sit on 3 eggs so we may have some baby peacocks soon.
If you’re counting, that’s 42 alpacas, 1 llama, 50+ chickens, 24 ducks, 3 peacocks, 1 or 2 barn cats and 1 dog. (At least I think that's all) See the Farm Photos section of our website
Oh, I almost forgot Bowie- a little black kitten we found sitting on a log in the ditch near our farm in the middle of winter- he's our upstairs kitty and definitely not so little any more. He broke his hip in June and had to have surgery. Who was a "free" kitty?