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post #1 of 15 Old 03-29-2013, 12:27 AM Thread Starter
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Anyone have a llama?

I bought a llama today at a livestock auction for $10 dollars. Just wondering if anyone has any advice or tips on how to care for one... Thanks!
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Ummmm they spit! That's all I know!! They're kinda remind me of goats crossed with camels
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PM Lockwood! She is a goat/llama/alpaca/donkey GENIUS! :)

And she's even nice!


In my limited experience with llamas, I love them! They definitly have a "different" sort of personality but it's a really great sort of personality. They also seem to have really long memories. The llamas I have contact with will let me pet them (I don't own them, I just fed them for a few years - they were originally feral and are owned by my neighbors) but I'm the only person who's ever apparently touched them...and they're 12 and 15years old. Basically, they seem to be one of those creatures where they either love or hate you, but if they love you, they'll love you forever.
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Ummmm they spit! That's all I know!! They're kinda remind me of goats crossed with camels
I totally agree! I was looking at his face yesterday trying to think of what it reminded me of and it's a camel!
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I totally agree! I was looking at his face yesterday trying to think of what it reminded me of and it's a camel!
That's because llamas are camelids.

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PM Lockwood! She is a goat/llama/alpaca/donkey GENIUS! :)

And she's even nice!


In my limited experience with llamas, I love them! They definitly have a "different" sort of personality but it's a really great sort of personality. They also seem to have really long memories. The llamas I have contact with will let me pet them (I don't own them, I just fed them for a few years - they were originally feral and are owned by my neighbors) but I'm the only person who's ever apparently touched them...and they're 12 and 15years old. Basically, they seem to be one of those creatures where they either love or hate you, but if they love you, they'll love you forever.

Thanks for the advice! I did some reading about their personalities and I read that they don't like to be alone or without other llamas there wasn't another one for sale or else I probably would've bought two so they could keep each other company but he's living at my Fiance's parents house with cows and goats. Some people who live down the road have a black and white llama so maybe when he gets used to his new surroundings he can have a play date with that one lol I think it might be a female so maybe some day when we've learned more about them we can have a baby llama but for now he's getting used to the goats.

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He also needs a name so any suggestions? He's so sweet and nice...I love him already!
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Wallaby beat me to it. Ask lockwood! I'll report this and let her know to check it out. She's the alpaca queen!
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Here are two links that I found really helpful back when I was initially learning about llamas, just to get you started:
[for reference, llamas and alpacas are very similar so that's why these articles seem to refer to them like they're the same]

Halter fitting=super important:
Solving Major Behavioral Problems in Thirty Seconds. | Articles

This one is a long read but I feel like it has a whole lot of pertinent "first timer" info. :)
The Novice Handler Syndrome | Articles


He's really cute!
If I remember correctly, llamas are not something you want to leave ungelded due to how aggressive intact males get...but I could be wrong. I'm sure Lockwood will touch on that. :)
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Here are two links that I found really helpful back when I was initially learning about llamas, just to get you started:
[for reference, llamas and alpacas are very similar so that's why these articles seem to refer to them like they're the same]

Halter fitting=super important:
Solving Major Behavioral Problems in Thirty Seconds. | Articles

This one is a long read but I feel like it has a whole lot of pertinent "first timer" info. :)
The Novice Handler Syndrome | Articles


He's really cute!
If I remember correctly, llamas are not something you want to leave ungelded due to how aggressive intact males get...but I could be wrong. I'm sure Lockwood will touch on that. :)

Thank you! I will read both of those articles. I will definitely keep the gelding issue in mind, he's so friendly I would hate for him to start being aggressive. We didn't buy him for breeding so I'm sure gelding him wont be a problem...I just thought it would be fun to have a baby someday. Thanks again!
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