How do Alpacas Sleep?

Alpacas sleep lying down in a position called cush (and also spelled kush).

This is a popular and comfortable sleeping position that allows the animals to sleep easily without any issues.

The sleeping location of alpacas will vary by geography, weather, accommodations, and the alpaca’s personality itself. 

Some alpacas will sleep outside all year round and others will always sleep inside a barn.

Our alpacas originally slept outside and even in winter. 

Now they all tend to sleep in the barn. 

Our barn offers clean floors, mats, and straw for comfort, which may have shifted their behavior.

Related: Check out this article that shows you where alpacas live?

When do Alpacas Sleep?

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Alpacas generally sleep when they feel safe

And this is a general behaviour among most animals. They are always wary about the harsh weather conditions and predators.

So the only time they can comfortably lie down and sleep is when they feel safe.

And they feel very safe in the presence of other alpacas

They all slow down to rest at night but I have noticed that their actual sleeping is only done when they have one other alpacas close by.

Most times it’s always like they have an understanding with their fellow alpaca and they say “Hey, please watch over me while I sleep for a bit”

I noticed this happening a lot on my farm because my farm is set up in such a way that I can see what the alpacas are doing all day.

And even my cam in the farm is set up in such a way that I have a good idea of that deep sleeping.

My alpaca here is pretty non stressed so they always get that good sleep when they need it.

And they always have a good number of alpacas they can count on to watch their back when they want that beauty sleep.

Do Alpacas sleep standing up?

Alpacas do not sleep standing up?

What happens is that they sleep in a position called kush which allows them to sleep facing up without any issues on their backs.

Alpacas are known to be herd animals and as such they love to sleep surrounding each other.

And the best way they get to sleep comfortably is to lie down and sleep on their belly.

There are few animals that sleep standing up but alpacas are not one of them.

Do Alpacas sleep outside?

Alpacas are herd animals and most times they are not

An alpaca could live in a backyard if it had other alpacas and plenty of space. 

The backyard would need to have an acre dedicated to the alpacas to live, graze, and roam.

The backyard would also require proper shelter and fencing that will protect and deter predators.

If the herd includes both males and females, the males and females cannot live in the same barn or fencing. 

They must be kept separate to keep the females healthy and safe. Gelded (or castrated) males must also be kept away from females.

Where do alpacas sleep at night?

Alpacas need a safely enclosed outdoor space to spend time in throughout the day and graze if they so choose. 

The outdoor living space must be fenced in with materials that can’t be easily knocked over or jumped over by an alpaca. 

There are a variety of different fence materials suitable for alpacas, including wood, woven wire, or a combination of different materials. 

We do not recommend using barbed wire as it can injure residents. 

An alpaca’s fence should be stretched tightly, at least four feet high (five would be even safer for particularly high-jumping alpacas but typically is unnecessary), and secured to posts every ten feet or so. 

Corral boards on the outside of the fence can help keep it secure. 

It’s not recommended to use any kind of fencing that has slats in it where a curious alpaca might get their head caught!

It’s very important that you know what kind of pasture the alpacas are grazing on.

Certain plants are toxic to alpacas, and you need to ensure that any dangerous plants are removed from the pasture before an alpaca is allowed to roam there. 

A local governmental agricultural department should be able to tell you what regional plants you need to protect alpacas from. 

You also should not let a healthy adult alpaca graze primarily on an alfalfa pasture; alfalfa is very high in protein and calcium, an excessive amount for most alpacas; it can lead to kidney stones and obesity. 

You need to take your time introducing a new alpaca to your pasture as they need to acclimate to the new food source over a period of a few weeks. 

Otherwise, the alpaca is at risk of developing bloat and other dangerous side effects.


Alpacas basically like to sleep lying down on their tommy in a position called kush.

This allows them to sleep comfortably without any issues

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