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Feeding llamas

Discussion in 'Feeding Time - Llamas and Alpacas' started by TGreenhut, Feb 28, 2011.

  1. Feb 28, 2011
    TGreenhut

    TGreenhut Loving the herd life

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    Can llamas eat alfalfa hay on a regular basis? Also I was wondeering if there is a certain type of feed that horses and llamas can eat?
     
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    elevan

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    You do not want to feed your llama horse feed! Llamas (like sheep) are sensitive to copper.
     
  3. Mar 1, 2011
    ksalvagno

    ksalvagno Alpaca Master

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    You can feed alfalfa hay but they will get very fat on it plus it causes fiber to get course from all the protein and it wouldn't be as nice to use. I would suggest a good grass hay. Also, there is a llama feed so I would feed the llamas the llama specific feed. You do have to be careful of copper.
     
  4. Mar 1, 2011
    elevan

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    TSC sells llama feed, but not all stores carry it regularly so you might need to ask them to order it.
     
  5. Mar 1, 2011
    BellLisaMo

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    http://vbs.psu.edu/extension/resour...Copper-Nutrition-in-Camelids-Part-1-May08.pdf

    By: Robert J. Van Saun, DVM, MS, PhD
    Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
    Penn State University

    i just found this article on llamas and copper...
    it states "Copper (Cu) is another one of the essential microminerals required by llamas and alpacas as well as all other animals and people to help maintain normal body functions."

    Soooo now i'm totally confused. Please help me!
    No copper totally ? or some copper but very little?
     
  6. Mar 1, 2011
    ksalvagno

    ksalvagno Alpaca Master

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    Just not as much copper as goats. I believe we all need some copper in our diet.
     
  7. Nov 3, 2011
    kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Overrun with beasties

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    Will the bag say "Llama Feed"?
     
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    ksalvagno

    ksalvagno Alpaca Master

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    Yes, it should say llama on the bag.
     
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    Roll farms

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    We stopped carrying it at our TSC (nobody was buying it) but we can order it if someone wants us to.
     
  10. Nov 4, 2011
    Ms. Research

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    Have to say my TSC is very accommodating when it comes to ordering special items. Never hurts to ask at TSC. :)