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, 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. We also just added some hand painted ornaments on some of our duck eggs. Thank you to Bev for the beautiful paintings.
Our Farm Store reopened August 31st with new expanded days and hours. We've added many new items including farm related gifts, recipe cards, alpaca jewelry 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 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 which area they'd like to focus on (pets, fiber, breeding stock, etc.) See our Services Page for more details.
The Latest News-
Rudy, our little surprise cria who was born on 12/19/15, is currently in "foster care" at a farm in Colgate. He needed to move out the the girls' barn but wasn't quite ready to move up with all the big boys so he'll stay with his new buddies, Brambles and Titan, until our new barn is done and we can put him with some of the 'calmer' big boys. He and Brambles attend story time every day and participate in sing-a-longs. Rudy is certainly getting a great experience while at his foster home!
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.
We are in the process of rebuilding and, hopefully, will be moving the boys back in there soon. Our Farm Store will be located in the front of the barn- larger and more accessible.
As of 10/28/16
Farm Open House-
Because of the fire, we combined our Alpaca Farm Days with the Rubicon Area Fall Harvest Festival Farm Tour on October 8th and 9th. It was a beautiful though chilly weekend. We had lots of visitors and enjoyed showing off our farm. A huge thank you to all who attended and especially to our volunteers- Kelly & Ed, Helen, Tabitha, Mattheau, Lisa, Evie, Karen, Becky, Bridgette, Ruthann and Jim. I think this links to a photo slideshow from our farm event.
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 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 (?)
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.
The turkeys are getting bigger every day. They feel right at home amongst the alpacas and are very entertaining. And they love the lawn tractor!
Our Newest Members
We lost our bunnies this year- Bunelope Garcia crossed over the Rainbow Bridge and Daisy and Kismet perished in the fire. Thanks to one of our shearing clients, we now have 3 new bunnies- Maria, mom to Vera and Telulla. They are settling in and getting used to their new home.
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 offered to provide Thelma and Louise with a new peacock friend. We'll pick him up when the barn is done and we have a place to close him in so he 'homes in' here at Magic Willows.
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 help them integrate into the rest of the flock.
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
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 (left) and Edmund (right)Bowie
If you’re counting, that’s 40 alpacas, 1 llama, 50+ chickens, 25 ducks, 2 peacocks, 1 barn cats and 1 dog. (At least I think that's all) See the Farm Photos section of our website