Llamas can eat forage, hay grasses, and fruits or vegetables as a treat. Treats are an extra taste dose for them but actual food is forage grass or hay stuff.
List of Fruits that llamas can eat
Here are some fruits that can be fed as a treat to llamas.
Yes, llamas love to eat carrots even if you can feed top, leaves, or any part of the carrot or parsnips. Carrots have high nutritional value and sometimes vet recommend them as a treat with forage.
Make sure you feed them by cutting them into small pieces. Large pieces can choke them. Small pieces are even easy to feed by hand. carrots contain vitamins and nutrients like vitamin A present in carrots help in the growth of bones, muscles, and teeth of llamas.
Here are some methods to feed them
You can make soup out of carrots, cut them into small portions and blend them in a blender. Now add some pieces to this puree and feed in a bowl.
Apples are one of the best treats for llamas. Llamas can eat apples as long as you feed in moderation and in proper amounts. Apples contain different vitamins, nutrients, and fibers. The main component of apples is antioxidant which is required in an adequate amount to cope with oxidants in the body.
Here are tips to follow while feeding apples to llamas
- Always feed in moderation as overfeeding can cause colic or stomach issues in llamas.
- Never feed llamas with dental issues, llamas are always hard to chew apples so it is not good for llamas with dental problems.
- Never feed to llamas with metabolic issues as apples contain insulin so never feed to llamas with these issues.
Like apples, oranges also contain oxidants and other essential nutrients. A rule is again the same as feeding in moderation. Every fruit should be fed in moderation as excess can cause a lot of health issues in llamas. Even orange peels are safe for llamas. Here are a few treat ideas for llamas.
You can cut oranges into small pieces and put them in a feeding container, now you can keep them in the refrigerator. Feed these frozen slices to llamas.
Another idea is to mix them with barn feed.
Bananas are easy to chew and best for llamas with dental issues. There are different treat mix options that are also available with bananas.
Bananas contain potassium, vitamins, and fibers. However excessive feeding can cause colic issues in llamas. Bananas are even good for senior llamas as they can easily chew them.
Definitely, watermelon is a tasty treat for the Camelidae family. Alpacas or llamas love to eat watermelon as a treat. Watermelon is not only a tasty but a healthy treat for llamas as we know llamas need water in their diet so if you can not, watermelon is a great replacement for them
Llamas even can eat rind and seeds. Make sure you clean it properly and wash it with open water before feeding.
Here are some other treats for llamas