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        03-29-2013, 03:36 PM
      #11
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    Originally Posted by Wallaby    
    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. :)
    Wallaby is correct. Intact llamas can get frustrated to the point of trying to, um... apease the urge with a goat or sheep. Thankfully castration is relatively easy for a vet to do.
    All good suggestions here, and yes thay can spit quite well.
    I'm in the middle of working, but saw the report from MHFQ and will pull together some information on llamas tonight.
    I think I saw in one of the posts you have goats? In terms of digestion, they are most similar to goats. Go very easy with any grain (if any at all) while he adjusts to your hay, grasses, and surroundings. No cattle feeds, but apple peels can maker a nice treat.
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        03-29-2013, 11:23 PM
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    Originally Posted by Wallaby    
    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 definitely 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.
    Aww shucks....not a genius by a long shot, but thanks Wallaby.

    And again, Wallaby is right about the personality. They are generally more cautious and reserved than goats and a memory like an elephant. Not really affectionate, but they do like their necks and cheeks scratched.

    Alpacas and llamas are nearly identical in terms of health care, feeding, and reproduction and many sites will cover both. They come from a family that is collectively called camelids, like SR said. This includes, camels, llamas, guanacos, alpacas, and vicunas.

    It is very important to get the halter fit correct since llamas have long faces but very short nasal bones. The nose piece needs to sit very high on the face, just below the eyes.
    http://www.camelidynamics.com/
    This one will give you a good idea of the basics.
    http://lostcreekllamas.com/basiccare.htm

    LlamaNation dot com has a llama library under the community section, and if you click under llama breeders, you can do a zip code search to see who might be in your area. Most alpaca and llama people like to talk about them and donít mind at all for people call/email with questions. It is also good to contact local llama owners because they can tell you what parasites are in your area and the best dewormers to use. For example, white tailed deer carry meningeal worm and can it can be transmitted to alpacas and llamas if you live in white tail deer areas. This has a strict dewormimg protocol that is different than other parasites.

    From the pics, your boy looks to be a light wooled, or medium wooled llama. Depending on the individual animal, most light wooled llamas donít need shearing, some medium wooled llamas do, and all heavy or suri coated llamas need yearly shearing. Once you figure out which he is and what your area (heat and humidity) dictate, it isnít hard at all to shear a llama. Mine are heavy wooled and Iíve shorn them (and my alpacas) many times.

    Also, more than likely the reason the ear tip is missing is from another llama. Males have wolf teeth that are razor sharp and when they fight/tussle with other males they will shred the ears like that. Most intact camelid males will do this not only to other intact males, but also to gelded males.

    He's a nice looking boy and many llamas can be happy with a herd of goats or sheep. Hopefully he will fit in well with your animals and he is lucky you brought him home.
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        03-29-2013, 11:25 PM
      #13
    Banned
    Oh....you wanted a name suggestion....hmmmm first thought of the top of my head:

    Lammalam! Said really fast!
         
        03-30-2013, 01:08 AM
      #14
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Lockwood    
    Aww shucks....not a genius by a long shot, but thanks Wallaby.

    And again, Wallaby is right about the personality. They are generally more cautious and reserved than goats and a memory like an elephant. Not really affectionate, but they do like their necks and cheeks scratched.

    Alpacas and llamas are nearly identical in terms of health care, feeding, and reproduction and many sites will cover both. They come from a family that is collectively called camelids, like SR said. This includes, camels, llamas, guanacos, alpacas, and vicunas.

    It is very important to get the halter fit correct since llamas have long faces but very short nasal bones. The nose piece needs to sit very high on the face, just below the eyes.
    http://www.camelidynamics.com/
    This one will give you a good idea of the basics.
    http://lostcreekllamas.com/basiccare.htm

    LlamaNation dot com has a llama library under the community section, and if you click under llama breeders, you can do a zip code search to see who might be in your area. Most alpaca and llama people like to talk about them and donít mind at all for people call/email with questions. It is also good to contact local llama owners because they can tell you what parasites are in your area and the best dewormers to use. For example, white tailed deer carry meningeal worm and can it can be transmitted to alpacas and llamas if you live in white tail deer areas. This has a strict dewormimg protocol that is different than other parasites.

    From the pics, your boy looks to be a light wooled, or medium wooled llama. Depending on the individual animal, most light wooled llamas donít need shearing, some medium wooled llamas do, and all heavy or suri coated llamas need yearly shearing. Once you figure out which he is and what your area (heat and humidity) dictate, it isnít hard at all to shear a llama. Mine are heavy wooled and Iíve shorn them (and my alpacas) many times.

    Also, more than likely the reason the ear tip is missing is from another llama. Males have wolf teeth that are razor sharp and when they fight/tussle with other males they will shred the ears like that. Most intact camelid males will do this not only to other intact males, but also to gelded males.

    He's a nice looking boy and many llamas can be happy with a herd of goats or sheep. Hopefully he will fit in well with your animals and he is lucky you brought him home.
    Aw, if he's been abused I feel bad that he probably remembers it. He doesn't seem to want a lot of attention right now (probably still skeptical about his new surroundings). He didn't want much to do with my Fiance earlier today but once he started scratching his head he was all into it and then at one point while I was watching he just walked right up to me sniffed my hand and then went on his way lol

    After reading the link about halter fitting from Wallaby I was concerned it might be hanging too low but when we went to check on him today it was on just right

    Can you recommend any particular treats they like? He seems to be shedding... I know this will sound like a stupid question but it is okay to use a curry or shedding blade, right? I don't see why it would cause any harm to him but I just want to be sure! I want to make his transition as stress free as possible.

    Thanks for all the information I really appreciate it!
         
        03-30-2013, 01:29 AM
      #15
    Green Broke
    They don't like their heads pet. So avoid petting the head. You can pet the neck though.
         
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