How to Care for Alpacas : Alpaca Excrement Habits

How to Care for Alpacas : Alpaca Excrement Habits


Hi, I’m Jill Bergman. Now I’m going to talk
to you about my most favorite topic regarding Alpacas: their toilet habits. There aren’t
many animals that do this, but Alpacas tend to go, not only in one place, but they tend
to go all together. So if one goes over to what we call the poop pile to go, often times
three or four of them will walk over, see what that Alpaca is doing and do the exact
same thing. They like to do things together and this is where you really see it, is when
they are going to the bathroom. It makes it very nice for cleaning up though because,
in order to keep a clean pasture, you have to keep the feces off of the grass, and so
we clean up our Alpacas two or three times a day, the poop piles I should say, not the
Alpacas themselves. But two or three times a day we clean up that, those poop piles and
make sure that there isn’t any around on the grass because that is what causes problems,
and what causes parasites is when you don’t make sure that you get that poop cleaned up.
And you know, it’s one of the most important things that we do, is to make sure that things
are always kept clean because these Alpacas will stick their noses down and be smelling
and will be touching that, so if there’s not too much of it around you don’t give them
the opportunity to have problems.

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