Alpacas are easy to fence and house?

Although inquisitive and able to jump they rarely do so and fencing them in is a simple matter. None of ours has ever even pushed a fence line, never mind broken out. If they do get out, such as if a gate is left ajar, or a fence is faulty, their first thought is how to get back in again and join the others.

Alpacas have limited appetites, eating as needed but content with what is at hand rather than determined to get what is on the other side of the fence, they seem to know that this is no greener than what they have. Thus fencing them is easy. It is also made easy by the fact that their defence strategy is to have a clear view of all that is around them, followed by flight, thus they would rather be centre field than next to the edges.

Alpacas are easy to fence and house?

A simple fence of sheep wire (standard medium stock fencing) with a top strand at four feet is generally sufficient. Barbed wire should not be used as it can get caught up in the fleece. Their thick fleece renders electric fencing of limited use except immediately after shearing, though once they have learnt to respect it it will continue to be effective. Catch areas, about seven feet square, in the corners of fields are helpful for managing the stock. Hurdles can also be helpful for this purpose. Animals can then be handled and checked without the need to take them to a central location.

Do Alpacas need special housing?
In the main little or no housing is needed. In the Altiplano that is their home temperatures can range from +15C during the day to -15C at night, all in one twenty four hour period. Alpacas have a thick and efficiently insulating fleece that keeps them warm through the cold weather and they can be left out all winter remember they are used to the snow in the Andes but they do like some shelter from the wind. A tall hedge or a few trees will generally provide this. In a large open paddock or if no such shelter is available you might want to put up a simple three-sided light shed structure. It is helpful to have a roofed area with a clean floor for shearing and a small sheltered section in case there is a sick animal to be attended to.

Alpacas are easy to fence and house?

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