- First and foremost, your alpacas will need a structure to protect them from the elements in both cold and warm seasons. In the summer, alpacas need a place that is shaded from the sun so they can stay cool. In the winter, they need a place that will shelter them wind, especially for moms and crias. The structure should be sturdy to protect them from the harsh weather and be properly designed to meet their needs. Shelters are also helpful when providing medical treatments such as vaccines or tending to sick alpacas.
- Raising alpacas, whether for fun or profit, is a responsibility. Just as with any other livestock or pet, we believe before you buy or adopt alpacas, it is important to do your homework and find out what the animals need to live happy, and healthy lives. You will need good information about fencing, shelters, equipment, haltering, caring for feet and teeth, good nutritional information, parasite control, pasture management, and transportation. You'll also need to learn how to combat environmental extremes: keeping them cool in the summer and warm in the winter. And let's not forget veterinary care, first aid and assembling handy lists of good resources!
- If you are thinking about alpacas as pets, the good news is that health issues aren't a major issue. Breeding alpacas can be a bit more intensive, but looking after pet males can be a lot of fun with very little work. While pet alpacas are easy to manage, there are still a few very important health issues for pet owners to consider.
- The last twenty years has shown us how easy it is for anyone to keep alpacas. These wonderful animals have adapted very well to life in Britain and are now in the fields of many properties throughout the country. Alpacas are hardy animals whose forebears have spent thousands of years grazing on seasonally diverse pastures in very harsh weather conditions. Here at Inca Alpaca we have developed a husbandry regime that keeps our alpacas healthy, happy and in optimum condition. We can divide basic alpaca care and husbandry into eleven areas.