Peru Alpaca Stamp 2004

Tips 'n Info

By Cathy Spalding

Tips 'n Info is an ever-growing collection of helpful ideas and information about alpaca and llama behavior, training and herd management.

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First Peruvian Llama Stamp

Table of Contents

Alpaca and Llama Treats

Battling Those Pesky Insects

Bottle Fed Alpacas and Llamas

Checklist For The Show

Fashionable Winterwear For Alpacas and Llamas

Heat Stress

Nail Trimming

Skating On Ice

Supply List

 

Alpaca and Llama Treats

Alpacas and llamas are known browsers and grazers. On most farms and ranches, the bulk of their intake is in the form of pasture grazing and/or hay supplementation.

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Battling Those Pesky Insects

Spring gifts us with a vast array of re-appearances. The seemingly lifeless shrubs and trees begin to harmoniously blend in vibrant shades of green. Blooms appear where there had been only darkness. Life emerges with vigor from the silent earth and stillness of harsher times. Birds arrive and begin building homes. Slugs and snails once again become readily visible. Spring also marks to arrival of those pesky summer insects – most notably – flies, mosquitoes and those hard to see little biting bugs.

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Bottle Fed Alpacas and Llamas

I have recently received an above average number of emails asking for help regarding varying behavior levels of bottle fed alpacas and llamas – both male and female.

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Checklist For The Show

With the alpaca and llama show season just beginning, we have found it very useful to have a general checklist for "stuff" to bring along!

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Fashionable Winterwear For Alpacas and Llamas

During our more severe winter temperatures, some alpacas and llamas have difficulty keeping warm. Assisting them by adding a coat or blanket can make the significant difference.

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Heat Stress

Heat Stress in alpacas and llamas is a universal possibility around the globe. With the combination of higher and often prolonged temperatures, humidity and a wool coat, the body temperature begins to rise.

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Nail Trimming

Just like humans, the nails of alpacas and llamas have varying qualities of strength and hardiness. The nails of some animals will grow fast and exceptionally long while others will rarely need trimming. Some animals have nails that will crack, split or break off.

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Skating On Ice

Safe footing for llamas, alpacas and us too! In many parts of North America, the winter months inevitably bring layers of ice. Driving or even just walking can be a delicate dance for us. It is easy to slip, lose balance and fall. Unfortunately, an ice landing is hard often causing all manner of harm to our bodies.

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Supply List

Just as most of us have a cupboard in our kitchen, bath… or both… containing a wide variety of useful -- though perhaps not often needed – items, so it is that we should have a toolbox, tackle box or cupboard with items specifically for our alpacas and llamas.

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