The Alpaca is a strange animal, but one with a great personality. They are often confused with the Llama, but when compared, they are noticeably smaller. Llamas are also used as guard animals where as Alpacas are not. While these animals have no problem wandering around at night, you might want to keep an eye on them. To assist you in finding them, we have jotted down a couple of tips that should help you find them. Here are the top tips that could help you:
1. Smaller paddock
Alpacas can easily survive with a limited space. 5-10 Alpacas can live in around 1 acre of land. As long as they have the freedom to move around in the camp, they will not have any troubles. Using a smaller paddock makes it easier for you to see them. It also removes most of the hiding spots they tend to see when feeling threatened. It is also much easier to rotate paddocks when they are a manageable size. Here is a lovely article on paddock sizes.
2. Controllable lighting
One of the most affordable ways is to install lighting near the paddock. Obviously it is much easier to see in when there is light. You could install flood lights. However, a sudden burst of light might frighten them so you want to put them on when it starts going dark. A lit paddock also protects your animals against theft. Installing smaller lights around the perimeter of the paddock is also an idea. These are easier on the animals and it doesn’t create a huge bright area at night. You could also consider using a high lumen flashlight.
3. Night Vision
Trail camera technology is excellent. You can find binoculars for long-distance searching or you can have a few cameras installed and monitored. Using night vision technology will make a massive difference. Since they are also versatile, these pieces of equipment can also be used later for other camping and hunting needs. It also offers an element of security as you can monitor your flock 24/7.
4. Feed them
As with most animals in nature, Alpacas are creatures of habit. Just like horses, you can train Alpacas to come in, in the evenings by feeding that at set specific feeding times. They will naturally fall into the habit of coming up to the same feeding spot. Alpacas are incredibly trainable – you just have to invest the time and effort into them. We suggest feeding them at dusk as animals naturally look for safe spots at night.
5. Build a shelter
As with feeding them at a certain time – You could also set up a shelter. The shelter protects them from the weather outside. Similar to seeking out trees to stand under, Alpacas will look for shelter. We highly suggest you do not close them in the shelter though. Use the shelter to feed them under and then allow them to roam out. Alpacas are herd animals and become distressed if they are not around their herd members so remember that you shouldn’t shut one in and the others out.
Now that you have seen some of these basic tips, we would also like to suggest that they can be used for tracking any animal at night. The night vision option is definitely one of the best and fastest methods we would recommend specially as you can track them in the dark and just check that they are ok.
We would like to thank you for reading this article and encourage you to share some of your thoughts. We would love to see any more tracking options and methods you generally use for finding animals at night.