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Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Vegetarian alpacas

We have discovered that alpacas don't only eat the 12% protein pellets (lucerne, corn, oat seed, +) and the dry lucerne we feed them.
Minky scoffing carrot tops
They also have a penchant for carrots - in their entirety - both fronds, and root section. Judging from the speed with which this vegetable is consumed I reckon they fancy them even more than bunny rabbits do  lol

Searching Google for info on other vegetables that alpacas eat, ours now have a veritable smorgasbord of treats to add to their daily lucerne and pellet intake.
Miranda stretching out her neck to eat grated carrot
Apple - grated.  (Alpacas don't have back teeth so giving them 1/4 - 1/2 apples as shown in some YouTube videos is, in my opinion, downright nasty.  Those owners could also probably be risking choking their alpacas.).
Cabbage - finely sliced as though you are making coleslaw
Beetroot - leaves and grated root section - and what a messy mouth they get when they eat this!!
Pumpkin skin - sliced.  Apparently they also eat the flesh of the pumpkin and the seeds - hmmm - think I'll keep that for us... ;)

They will be fed the pea pods as soon as my peas are harvested too.

We have fed our land, added plenty of mulch, turned it in and have planted oats again this year.  Hopefully this year it will be successful.

Between the oats, the homegrown vegetables, the lucerne and the pellets - as well as whatever grazing grows in their paddocks - they won't be going hungry ;)

12 comments:

  1. Sounds like a good diet to me. :)

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    1. Chickpea - And one you and I could live off too lol (apart from the lucerne...)

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  2. Minky and Miranda are way too cute!!! i am glad that they are getting fed so good. i think i asked you this before - but do you have comfrey growing on your land? most farm animals love comfrey at it is very good for them. i am not sure about alpacas but do some research and if you want some comfrey seeds i can send you a pile!

    your friend,
    kymber

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    1. kymber - No - comfrey is apparently poisonous to alpacas - or so my research indicates. Thanks for the suggestion though :)

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    2. cee-rap! it's something i have tons of and have been sending it to anyone who wants the seeds. i wonder why it's poisonous for alpacas? i guess i need to do some research (or should have before i offered the seeds!)

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    3. lol - no problem. Thanks for the thought :)

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  3. They will get a lovely boost of vitamin A from the carrots.
    But about alpacas not having back teeth? They have back teeth, just a large gap between front and back, like goats. Otherwise they wouldn't be able to chew their cud. Here is a link to a picture of a alpaca skull http://gentlespiritllamas.com/html/articles/head/head1.htm

    Kimberly

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    1. Kimberly - Wow! Thanks so much for the link. When our alpacas have yawned there were no back teeth visible in their mouths. Also, at shearing time, their mouths are "jammed" open with a piece of hosepipe so that their back "fighting" teeth (very small razor sharp teeth) are always filed down - and we haven't seen any chewing teeth there then either...?

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  4. Hello, just found your blog! Our alpacas adore....brussel sprouts, in fact I think they love most brassicas but sprouts seem to be their favourite!

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    1. JudiB - Welcome - abd thanks for taking the time to leave a comment.

      Yay - I've found another alpaca blog too - yours :)

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  5. I've seen a recipe for carrot top pesto. Haven't tried it. But I could imagine it might be tasty.

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    1. Diana - Awwww - if I make carrot top pesto it means the alpacas will go without their carrot tops 'cos we'll be eating them instead...

      Sounds interesting though.

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