what do you feed llama's and how big do they get

How Big Are They Anyway?

Llamas originated from the central plains of North America. A full grown llama can range in height of 5 1/2 to 6 feet tall and weight between 280 and 450 lbs.

What Do You Feed a Llama?

Llama owners have a wide variety of commercial and farm based foods to choose from, including bromgrass hay, alfalfa hay and corn silage.

Uses and Demeanor

Llamas have a fine undercoat used that is often used for handicrafts and garments. The coarser, outer guard hair is used for rugs, wall hangings and lead ropes. The fiber ranges in color from grey, brown, reddish brown, dark brown to black.

Llamas are very gentle animals, which has lead to them being called lovable pets by many. The Alpaca is of the Llama family but are smaller than the llama. The llama and alpaca farms are becoming more and more widespread as their popularity grows.

There is an awsome website with lots of great information on these fascinating creatures that I found very interesting and informative. Have a look and watch the videos they have on the site!

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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America

I was able to attend an Alpaca showing and conference briefly in Michigan about 4 years ago. It was delightful. Young children were showing baby alpacas in costumes in one segment. One baby alpaca had a poncho amd Mexican hat with the tassel-like jingle balls around it.


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Bonnie Ramsey 8 years ago from United States Author

Oh, my, Patty! That must have been great! There is an alpaca farm a few miles from me and I just love to ride by and look at them. They are adorable! I am going to stop one day and ask to pet one. Think they will presume I have lost my marbles? LOL

Bonnie


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G-Ma Johnson 8 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

I hear they spit at you? Is that when they are frightened or just if they don't like you? Animals can sense that.....I think they are so cute...but for a pet get very large? I guess not a city pet anyway he he ha ha ..Great information...Thank You G-Ma :o) hugs


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Bonnie Ramsey 8 years ago from United States Author

Thanks, G-Ma! I went back through the website again under personalities and I didn't find anything about them spitting at you. If it is there, I missed it somehow LOL. The website is really interesting!

Bonnie


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Whitney05 8 years ago from Georgia

Baby llamas are SO cute!


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Bonnie Ramsey 8 years ago from United States Author

Whitney,

Thanks for stopping by. I think they are too!

Bonnie


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Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada

Great HUB Bonnie. I just love Llamas and Alpacas.

regards Zsuzsy


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Bonnie Ramsey 8 years ago from United States Author

Thanks Zsuzsy! I see you made it in here! I read in the forum that once it has that trailing hyphen it can't be fixed because once you pick the url it can't be changed. Stinks, too! :( But I am glad you finally got in! I told Danny when we buy our house I want a few acres so I can get a couple of Alpacas just for the heck of it. I just think they are adorable!

Bonnie


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C.S.Alexis 8 years ago from NW Indiana

This is one of my favorite animals. They are just too cool. Many people raising them in Texas as herd guards. I guess that spitting is a good thing in the right place.


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Bonnie Ramsey 8 years ago from United States Author

LOL, could be C.S.! Thanks for dropping by and posting!

Bonnie


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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America

Does Ralston Purina still make Llama Chow? They did at one time.


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Bonnie Ramsey 8 years ago from United States Author

Patty, I checked the Purina website and they don't have it listed. However, when I checked the info at the Brandywine Zoo about their diets, they have Llama Chow listed. So while Purina may not offer it to the public, they may still make it for the zoos, farms and other commercially based Llama keepers.


RUTHIE17 8 years ago

Bonnie, where do you come with these great Hubs? Another good one!


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Bonnie Ramsey 8 years ago from United States Author

LOL Thanks, Ruthie! This was an answer to a request. Since I have alpaca farms all around me in this area and I think they are so addorable and interesting, I decided to do some research and answer the request. I am so glad I did because I love the site I found with so much info on it! Thanks for stopping by!

Bonnie


Cement girl 8 years ago

Actually llamas can be quite aggressive and non responsive to humans. They must be carefully raised as pets before they will act like pets. The alpacas have a gentler demeanor.


Darlene 8 years ago

Does anyone know if you can feed llamas vegetables like zuccanie, pumpkins, and garden leftovers? We have 4 that no one handled and we still can't get them to let us handle them or put halters on. They are very curious and quiet but very standoffish. Any suggestions would be appreciated. I have checked the web sites about llamas but all tell about commercial feed and hay which we already feed them. I am looking for a treat or something to bribe them with. lol


katherine majkrzak 7 years ago

llamas r cool


katdog 7 years ago

llama r very kind but if u get mean to them they will get mean back


mate dog 6 years ago

llamas are cool


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Didge 4 years ago from Southern England

Quality hub! I really enjoyed reading it.

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