Welcome to the
wonderful world of camelids! There are very
few absolutes in the work that I do and teach but
one of them is that you MUST have a catch pen.
I would suggest that you buy some light-weight
panels and store them at the farm where you are
agisting. The owners may very well love having
them so much that they may end up using them too,
but if not, there must certainly be a place that you
could put them in between visits. Then you can
set up a proper catch pen in the small area that you
described and use this pen to work with your
entire premise of the work that I do is that the
animals are not physically restrained. The only way
to work with alpacas and not corner or restrain them
is to work in a catch pen. Once you get one you
will NEVER go back. A catch pen IS the secret to
working in a way that allows your alpaca to move
around but not move entirely away.
you are not allowed to bring a catch pen to the
place where you agist your animals, I would look for
a new place or just wait to work with your animals
until you have them at your own facility.
There is an article about facilities on my website
that would be useful to have a look at you can read
this article by going to
hate to seem so dogmatic but truly a catch pen is
the most important thing to have when working with
your alpacas. I would put my energy into working on
getting one and wait until you have this problem
solved before doing much work with your new baby.