About Magic Willows-
Magic Willows Alpacas is an almost 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 38 Suri alpacas, 3 Huacaya alpacas and 1 llama who keeps everybody in line.
We operate a Farm Store here at Magic Willows selling alpaca products as well as farm related gifts and decor. We also sell honey and handmade goat milk soaps and lotions, chicken and duck eggs and whole or quartered roasting chickens. We have fresh tureys avaiable for your Thanksgiving dinner as well. We recently added some hand painted ornaments on some of our duck eggs. Thank you to Bev for the beautiful paintings.
Our Farm Store is open now in our new pole barn. We've added many new items including farm related gifts, recipe cards, alpaca jewelry, handmade knitting accessories and more natural fiber yarns.
We offer shearing services to small farms in Wisconsin and northern Illinois. We limit our shearing to farms with less than 15 animals. Shearing season usually starts in at the end of 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 are 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 which area they'd like to focus on (pets, fiber, breeding stock, etc.) See our Services Page for more details.
Farm Tours for individuals, families and groups is also a big part of Magic Willows Alpacas. For groups like Girl and Boy Scouts, 4H or school groups, we provide lots of information on raising alpacas and llamas, allow participants to take the our llama and one of the alpacas through an obstacle course and provide a fiber related project if desired. We ask for a $5 donation/ child for materials.
The Latest News-
We have added a couple rescue alpacas to our herd- Keelee and SharmaDharma. They are Huacayas but we welcome them anyway. :)
And a mini chicken I have named Bitsy Chick. Bisty hatched one of her eggs in October so now she and her chick, Itsy (who is not so itsy anymore) live together in our old duck house.
As many of our neighbors and customers know, our pole barn burned down in April, 2016.
We have rebuilt the barn and our male alpacas, ducks and the bunnies were able to move back in at the end of 2016. We have added 2 more bunnies- a white English Angorsa named Emma and a German Angora named Rupert. We hope to have some baby bunnies in the spring.
We had to say goodbye to our oldest alpaca at the end of 2017.
Rosalia, our grandma, passed away on December 1st, just one month shy of her 27th birthday. I think she knew the cold winds were on their way and she wasn't interested in going through another one of those.
Our border collie puppy, Penny, will be 5 years old in February. She continues to learn how to herd the critters on the farm. She has learned to not chase the chickens and the turkeys 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 (?). She's good at the rounding up part, not not so good at moving them back into their own pastures.
Enjoy pasture raised roasting chickens? We still have some in the freezer from last season. They are vacuum packed before being frozen so are still very good. Whole and quartered chickens available. We'll be ordering more meat chicks this spring and raise them on pasture during summer.
We'll be ordering turkey chicks again this year and will have them processed for fresh Thanksgiving turkey. In 2017, we raised 12. They dressed out from 16 to 31 pounds. If anyone is interested in a fresh turkey for Thanksgiving, contact us before May so we can order enough chicks.
Our Newest Members
We have added 2 more bunnies- a white English Angorsa named Emma and a German Angora named Rupert. We hope to have some baby bunnies in the spring. They join Tellulah and are happily hanging out in the pole barn with the boys and ducks.
Raymond, our peacock, was killed by an evil raccoon or mink who got into the barn. We still have our 2 peahens- Thelma and Louise and another shearing client has graciously given us a new peacock boyfriend- JD. He's getting along well with the girls and his fancy tail feathers are growing in nicely. Nothing came of Thelma's eggs from last year. Better luck this year!
We have also added a new barn kitty- Sylvia. She is on the job, hunting down the mice and rats living in and around the barn. She's very sweet and loves to have her belly scratched every morning as well as doing her morning yoga on the railing of the deck..
Bowie, our indoor kitty has a couple new buddies as well. Edmund and Ricky were going to join Sylvia as barn cats but they have squirmed their way into our hearts and are now joining Bowie as house cats.
Ricky (black) and Edmund (grey)Bowie
If you’re counting, that’s 40 alpacas, 1 llama, 3 Angora bunnies, 60+ chickens, 17 ducks, 2 peahens, 1 peacock, 1 barn cat, 3 indoor cats and 1 dog. (At least I think that's all) See the Farm Photos section of our website