wikiHow to Care for a Llama

Everyone loves a llama, but there is a certain amount of general care needed that you should be well informed of before you try to care for your very own llama. You need to feed them, inspect their feet often (you don't want fungus!), shear them, you need lots of love and affection to give your llama, and give them adequate shelter. Llamas are very cute and have unique personalities. You need two llamas so they play together. They do well with many other animals as companions and also make good guard animals. Do not breed your llamas unless you are experienced and have a market for your animals.


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    Give your llama a good shelter. It should be at least three sided with a high roof for ventilation. Be sure it has a feeder, and easy access to water at all times!
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    Feed your llama. There are a variety of options for food. Grass hay is usually the best option for a llama. Avoid feeding your llama grain as its not very good for them. Llamas are grazing animals, but you cannot feed them just anything if you want to keep your llama safe and healthy. Llamas can eat pasture grass or grass hay. Graze them at the minimum of 2 hours a day, and feed them hay twice a day. (Usually two flakes of a bale per serving.) Do not feed llamas fescue or rye grass unless it's certified endophyte-free. Also make sure that their hay is dry and mold-free.
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    Like a horse, give your llama ground mineral salt. Llamas cannot lick like a cow or horse so a salt block won't work. Put it in his/her stable in a bucket which s/he can access whenever needed.
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    Have a suitable fence for your llama. The best kind of fencing to use is corral fencing, do not use cheap picket fencing, rotted fencing, or barbed wire fencing.
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    Make sure that there is nothing dangerous in the shelter and pasture area, such as broken glass or poisonous plants.
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    Get your wooly llamas sheared at least once a year to keep them cool and their hair from matting.
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    Llama feet are sensitive and have nails which need to be clipped periodically. If you do not know how to clip your llamas feet, hire a professional as trying on your own with no experience can hurt your llama.


  • Give your llama exercise often.
  • Make sure your llama has a proper fitting halter.
  • Llamas are an enjoyable animal to raise and care for.
  • Llamas are outgoing creatures and will like to interact with you.
  • Have a water bucket with llama at all times, and make sure to fill it when it gets low.
  • You should interact with your llamas as much as possible.
  • It is difficult for llamas to live alone without the company of another llama or an alpaca, as they are herd animals. At a minimum two Llama should live together at all times.
  • Make sure you tell people why you even have a llama. Otherwise, people will think you're a pretty odd person.


  • Always remember to think before you act, make sure you know what you are doing and are confident. You do not want to hurt the llama.

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