What do camels and dromedaries eat?

Source: EZNC
Camels and dromedaries are herbivores, which means that they eat plants. You may feed them hay (roughage), and this can be made available to the animals all day. Grass, vegetables and fruit may also be offered, for example carrots, red beets or mangolds.
Apart from this, camels may have 3 till 4 kilograms of concentrate a day. In total, they need around 38 MJ a day.

Although a camel or dromedary can last a long time without water, this doesn’t mean that it doesn’t need it. Make therefore sure water is always available.

Feed the camels and dromedaries preferably twice a day. One option is to feed them concentrate with hay in the morning and just hay in the evening. Another option would be to divide the concentrate over the two meals.

Racks should be attached 1,5 meters from the ground. Higher is also possible. When it stretches its neck, a camel may reach food up to 3 meters high. Create several feeding places at a large distance from each other in order to prevent competition between the animals.

When a young camel or dromedary is raised by hand, feeding should take place every 2 to 4 hours. If it isn’t possible to feed the calf camel milk, sow milk or cow milk would form a possible alternative. The composition of camel milk is 4.57% fat, 4.28% protein and 4.47% carbohydrates, that of dromedary milk contains 3,66 % fat,3,49 % protein en 4,41 % carbohydrates.