Alpacas

Alpacas

When properly cared for make very calm, gentle companions and pets. They are herd animals and thrive when kept in a group’s of ideally 3 or more. Alpacas can live for upto 15 to 30 years.

They mix well with other animals, in our paddocks you can often see them with pygmy goats, sheep and poultry. Theyare social herd animals that live in family groups.

Alpacas warn the herd about intruders by making sharp, noisy inhalations that sound like a high-pitched bray. The herd may attack smaller predators with their front feet and can spit and kick. Their aggression towards predators (Badgers, foxes, dogs etc.) is exploited and used to protect other field companions, Sheep, Chickens, ducks etc.

In general, alpacas will eat roughly 1.5% of their bodyweight per day.

They should have free access to hay (unless they begin to get overweight) & fresh water at all times.  We estimate 1/3 to ½ ton of hay per alpaca per year. We Stock a Selection of specific Alpaca feed which has all the necessary supplements and vitamins they need.

GLW Aztec Silver Pellets & a Henry Cole Alpaca & Llama mix which is more of a coarse mix consistency.

Here’s an estimate of how much crude protein an alpaca should be having during different stages.

% crude protein  
Maintenance  mode / Males 8-10%
Lactating 13%
Growth  (cria) 15%
Gestation 12%
Late gestation 14%

They can be taught quite successfully to lead on a halter. This can be initiated with brief but frequent sessions. It takes time and patience and an understanding of your animals. A halter-trained animal can often make life easier when the vet comes to call.

Alpacas are generally very organized and neat. When they defecate, they usually designate one place, even if they need to walk farther away. They use a communal area.

Worming we would recommend to do a worm count at the vets and they will suggest the best method of treatment IF any is needed.

We recommend having an annual MOT, which includes, Teeth filling, Fett trimming and the fleece being shawn, its normally carried out by one guy in one session, this is normally done just before the Summer (May, June) so they do no over heat in their fleece.

Please call or email in to enquire what Alpaca’s we have for sale

01568 797 314 / info@wynnes.co.uk

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