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Camels are a form of livestock kept in Dromedary Pens. They are acquired through luring them from the wild by leaving straw in a pen. Camels can be butchered to yield camel meat, oil and leather. Alive, they consume straw and produce dung. In addition, female camels can be induced to produce camel milk.
A Camel eats 120 straw per Egyptian day. All the camels in a pen eat 10 straw at the same time. Note that if there is not enough straw to feed all the camels, none of them will eat. In T4, it appeared that camels could survive for at least 10 real-time days without feeding. In T5 you will get a message that the camels look "emaciated" after 5-7 Egyptian days without feeding. After that, you will get a message that your camels are "starving".
It appears that camels now eat on a random schedule. Sometimes on or near the Egyptian hour, and sometimes on or near the half-hour.
Camels require a Dromedary Pen to capture and keep. Dromedary pens must be built outside on sand.
Elusive beasts for their size, camels are never encountered in the wild (unlike sheep). The only way to attract one is to leave a good quantity of straw in a Dromedary Pen, leave the door open, and wait for a hungry camel to move in.
Every day at midnight (Egypt time), in each section of Egypt (an amount smaller than a region, possibly 1k coord squares), a single camel will move into the Dromedary Pen that contains the most straw and whose pen door is open. The sex of the camel appears to be randomly determined. Upon moving in, the camel will eat all of the straw in the pen.
Once a camel moves into a pen, it will not run away, so it is safe to leave the pen door open. However, leaving the door open means that a new camel might move in, devouring your entire feed stock. Thus, in general, it is a good idea to keep your door closed unless you are specifically trying to attract a camel.
You can slaughter a camel to receive:
Camels will produce dung at a rate of 1 dung for every 10 straw consumed.
When 10 of the same gender (all 10 are male or female) are housed together, they produce one male or female Camel Pheromone every four Egyptian days.
Camels in a pen occasionally reproduce. I have found 11 camels in a pen, where one had been attracted in and one was born.