Alpaca’s do not cope well living on their own, they feel safety in numbers.
Alpaca’s are mostly known for their ‘fleece’ and the uses it provides us. They are also becoming more popular as ‘pets’ and companions. Unfortunately, that means we are seeing more need for them to be rehomed into sanctuaries when people cannot care for them properly.
Alpacas can also be used as guard animals and are often known to be kept running with sheep, as they will alert the herd to dangers such as foxes.
Here at Raystede our alpacas do live with our sheep, but we have discovered they have other interests too!
Our alpaca love getting wet and are often seen climbing into troughs and the swimming pools we lay out for them in the summer months!
They love a good hose down and always need shearing, as with sheep, in the summer. We lay out enrichment for them as they are quite intelligent animals and love to munch on willow and other healthy treats that we hide for them.
Alpacas have 2 toes which need to be trimmed, as with sheep, these are done every couple of months or when the animal requires it. As with most animals, alpacas require vaccinating and worming regularly.
Do alpacas spit?
Not very often and usually only at each other, to signal displeasure at a herd member.
Why do they make funny noises?
Humming is the most common sound an alpaca makes, a sort of musical purring.
When alarmed, a high pitched tooting is made by one animal, then often joined by the rest of the herd as they focus attention in the direction of potential danger.