Pond Feeding

Pond Feeding

Fresh vegetation is still sparse at this time of year, but the llamas would much prefer to spend the day searching around the trails for fresh nibbles, than to hang around the barn eating hay. Even paddling in the pond to grab a few willow buds seems to be worthwhile...
Coniferous Llamas

Coniferous Llamas

Any llama keeper will tell you that camelids absolutely adore eating coniferous trees.  Pine, spruce, larch, hemlock and even cedar trees are all a favoured element of the llamas diet. In winter, they crave the spicy greenery which droops down under a heavy snowload,...
Narrow Back Roads

Narrow Back Roads

  These narrow back roads really make life difficult in deep snow.  Being held to ransom by gangs of marauding llamas is not uncommon in this neck of the woods.  Thankfully, the llamas are not so fast off the shoveled path, so in emergencies we can dodge around...
Llama Escort

Llama Escort

Another week of cold weather, where the mercury struggles to rise above minus ten Celsius during the daytime, means that extra high protein rations are doled out to each and every member of the llama herd.  Left to their own system, the stronger and more dominant...
Help With Feeding

Help With Feeding

If only there was an easy way to feed the llamas and ensure that each and every one of them received their fair share.  Unfortunately, the strong, the demonstrative and the long-range spitters end up with everything, leaving the weak and elderly;  the sick and the...
Evening Walk

Evening Walk

It’s not often that the llamas want to go for a walk in the evening, but they obviously appreciate the milder temperatures as much as we do.  You can almost smell the excitement of the grass waiting to grow beneath the snow  ….or maybe I just stepped in...
Llama Forest Highway

Llama Forest Highway

Llamas love browsing in the forest, especially in winter when they are desperate for some fresh greenery.  They are particularly fond of spruce, pine, larch and hemlock, but cedar will do when the others are in short supply.  It’s rather peculiar that the llamas...
Wean a Llama

Wean a Llama

Weaning young llamas and alpacas is almost always traumatic and involves much crying and running around by the youngster who has just been separated from his or her mother. Weaning occurs naturally in llamas, anytime between 6 to 10 months.  It is not unusual though,...
Pure Mountain water

Pure Mountain water

A fully grown llama will drink between four and eight pints (2.5 to 5 liters) of water every day during the winter months.  In this part of the world, the animals at The Llama Sanctuary will be eating hay from  October through to April and all dehydrated feed needs to...
All In a Day’s Work

All In a Day’s Work

As anyone who works with animals will tell you, there are never enough hours in the day! Severe weather adds to the workload, with each of the llamas and alpacas requiring extra food in the form of oats, alfalfa cubes or Text ration.   The sick, the elderly, the...
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