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Anybody know about llamas?
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Carol from TX    Posted 01-03-2004 at 18:37:48       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Long story made short, my big goober husband went off on a business trip to Houston and came back with a llama!! I know nothing about llamas, so I bought a book, which told me both more and less than I wanted to know. We don't plan to use him as a pack animal, nor do we want to show him. Llarry isn't a guard animal, in particular, since we have longhorns and they really don't need a whole lotta guarding, if you know what I mean. Mainly, ol' Llarry is a pet. We've gotten some anectodal information about llamas from one person, so I need a few opinions, please. We visit our hobby farm about once a week. We have been letting Llarry eat about 2 cups of sweet feed as a treat when we come, and the rest of the time he eats hay and browses with the cattle. Our second hand informant said that too much "sweet feed" will make him sick. True? The book says llamas will eat "brome grass." No clue what that is. We've got coastal bermuda, and he seems to like it just fine. And he eats simlax, those noxious, thorny briars that grow up into our trees! That alone is a big plus. He'll eat out of a bowl if we hold it -- in fact, seems to prefer it if we hold it for him -- but he is still pretty shy of touching. Are there any treats that are irresistable to llamas so we can lure him into accepting some pats? Eventually, come the warmer weather, we'll have to shear him if we want him to avoid heat stroke, so I think we need to get him used to touching. Any advice welcomed. Thanks.

Linda in UT    Posted 01-04-2004 at 13:08:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
I don't want to offend any Llama owners, but here's my experience with them. Neighbors had two intact male Llamas on the other side of the fence from where my cows were calving. The Llamas apparently mistook my newborn calves for dogs or something. They would stalk the calves along the fenceline. The Llamas clearly were stalking only the small calves and appeared as though they wanted to kill them.

One Llama did make it over the fence, which caused my herd to stampede to the far end of the pasture. Fortunatly, the cows didn't go through the fences. I asked my neighbor to come over and get her Llama, but she said she couldn't right now, as her cat was having kittens. I told her to either come and get her Llama or I was going to shoot it. She came and got it, but I had to help her catch the critter. Then, she wanted to lead the Llama through a gate near where my cows were gathered. I informed her she would have to find another way out of that pasture.

She wasn't willing to do anything to reinforce the fence, so I hot wired it, with extenders about 3 feet above the normal livestock fencing, set about Llama nose height. They didn't make it over the fence again.

The neighbors couldn't handle their Llamas. They were bitten by them and couldn't catch them in the pasture. Soon after the escape, the vet was out to neuter both the Llamas.

Carol from TX    Posted 01-04-2004 at 16:04:31       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Thanks for that -- it's also good to know the bad things. However, I don't think a llama is going to mess with a longhorn and live to tell the tale!NOBODY messes with those horns. Thanks.

Carol from TX    Posted 01-04-2004 at 16:05:48       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Many thanks for all of your help -- the speed at which I got responses was amazing. I really appreciate it!

Sarah    Posted 01-04-2004 at 18:58:50       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Yes it all depends on how the llamas are raised.
I always heard/ read that they weren't such good pets,etc. They didn't like people,etc. When I got my first one, I didn't know what people were talking about.
My experience with them have been GREAT! Mine that I lost back in September, was like a baby to me. She loved attention, etc. She would follow me anywheres.
We even took her and our one we still have to a Car Show, where all proceeds go to United Way. People loved them. They said it was amazing you could pet them. They said most llamas were not like that.They were a big hit!
We took her and our other one out everyweekend to get the paper. They loved it and had their favorite tree out the driveway on the other side of our fence, that they would love to eat when going to get the paper.
They were great friends. We still have the one, and still take her out to get the paper/mail.
They were raised from when they were younger to be handled,etc. It sure beats having to chase them, corner them,etc. It really makes a major difference in the way you look at a llama.
I hope I haven't offended anyone, I am just telling my experience with them.
I know they are some out there, that seem like devils, but the reason: it has to do alot with is bc they were never handled.
They are very smart, and very very very curious animals.
Great protectors. Ours stay with our goats! Not for guard really, just stays in there!
Again, I love llamas, it has been some of the lonliest months of my life, without my girl.
I can't wait to get my new one.
The lady that has her now, has already been petting her,etc. She said the other day she gave her a kiss.
Now you tell me, is that a mean llama?
Well again, hope I am not offending anyone, just trying to give my view point!
Thanks again,
If any of you that have the llamas would ever like to chat with me about llamas. I would love to.
I am always trying to find people with llamas to talk to.
Just email.
Thanks again!

Jim in michigan    Posted 01-04-2004 at 07:47:21       [Reply]  [Send Email]
we have a couple llama here, but I am leraning so couldnt give you much help.. we lost one of the alpacas last night,, not sure to what, she was fine one day, next morning she couldnt get up unless I helped her, medicated her and she seemed better, but this morning she was dead... We dont have a vet who comes out on weekends here, so that really causes problems,,,,Jim

mike in tn    Posted 01-05-2004 at 06:31:21       [Reply]  [Send Email]
If you haven't wormed your animals lately, and you have white tail deer in your area you should give the rest of your animals a double dose of ivomec soon. That is what happened to one of my llamas, down one afternoon and died that nite. Those menengial worms are bad news.

Jim in michigan    Posted 01-05-2004 at 06:34:19       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Thanks Mike,,I will try that ,,,Jim

Mike    Posted 01-04-2004 at 05:17:40       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have had llamas for 5 years. They normally don't like to be touched alot. Most of them really settle down once you have a halter and lead on them. You will probably need to make a light duty catch shute to hold him for shearing and trimming the toenails. I have only had one major problem, and that is menengial (sp) worms. I lost 2 llamas to them last year before i knew what the problem was. If you have white tail deer in your area you will need to worn them at no more than 2 month intervals. All white tail have this parasite. It stays in their stomach and doesn't hurt them. When it gets in llamas or sheep it goes to their spinal cord and paralizes them and eventually goes to the brain. From the deer droppings the parasite climbs up on the grass and is injested by the llamas. If you have any questions, i will try to help.

Fawteen    Posted 01-04-2004 at 04:11:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have a llama, under much the same circumstances. Bought him on a whim, didn't know beans about them, still don't know much.

Llamas are prey animals. Their first reaction to anything unusual is to run. While they can be conditioned to accept handling (pack animals for instance) they don't really like it and will avoid it if allowed.

If you're only seeing him once a week, I wouldn't hold out a lot of hope that he'll ever get cuddly with you. If they're gonna be pets, they need to be handled every day or nearly so, to stay used to being touched.

I wouldn't worry about the sweet feed. Fernando gets a scoop of Blue Seal Llama Chow in the morning and a small scoop of sweet feed in the evening as a treat.

Fernando is primarily a guard animal for my sheep, so handling/petting him isn't a priority for me. I've gotten used to just enjoying the sight of him, and once in awhile his curiosity will overcome his better sense and he'll come up and stick his nose in my face while I'm working on something. You ain't lived until you've had yer ear snuffled by a llama...

RayP(MI)    Posted 01-04-2004 at 18:18:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
Fawteen has it about right. We have three - two wethers and a female, that we keep as guard animals for our sheep. They'll adopt the sheep as their own, and when a preditor shows up they'll try to herd the sheep away and keep between the preditor and the sheep. They'll kick the dickens out of dogs, coyotes, etc. Even one story making the rounds about a couple of llamas doing in a bear here in Michigan. Llamas aren't particularly friendly - don't care too much about physical contact. Ours will eat sweet feed and oats from a hand held bowl, but don't want to be touched, petted etc. Took four of us to corner and control two of them tonight, to trim their toenails. Once we got them cornered, haltered, they were fairly docile, but they didn't like it much. Ours were raised in a rather large herd, and didn't have a large amount of constant human contact. I suspect if they were raised from babies with lots of human contact, they'd be more amiable. As far as feed, a small amount of sweet feed won't do any harm. Ours get a soup can full daily, along with a scoop of oats. They will do well on grass pasture, and when pasture isn't abundant you can suppliment with hay. Grass hay with small amounts of alfalfa, etc. is preferable - same kind of sutff horse people are looking for for their horses. High alfalfa stuff is to be avoided. They are interesting animals to have, and watch, but they'll be friends on their terms, not ours!

Dieselrider    Posted 01-03-2004 at 19:51:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
We had considered llamas once. They look like a really neat animal to have around. Other than pets though I couldn't see what we would do with them. I used to tell the guys at work that I was going to start a llama dairy and sell "Mamma Llama Milk". You can get some real strange looks from a bunch of toolmakers.

Sarah    Posted 01-03-2004 at 19:31:20       [Reply]  [Send Email]

I have llamas, I can try to help, you can post back on here with questions, or you can email me.
I will try my best to help.
Pic of llama I will be getting in a wk or 2. My other one died in September.
Here name is Autumn Joy, call her Autumn.
She is the small light,brown one in the pic, front right.

Sarah    Posted 01-03-2004 at 19:40:29       [Reply]  [No Email]

This is a pic of the llama my sis has.
Her name is Minnie Me, called Minnie or MeMe.
Her legs, may look a bit dirty, bc she had been in our pond that day. She loves to walk out in the pond!

Sarah    Posted 01-03-2004 at 19:46:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sorry for the big pictures. Didn't know they would be that big!
Sorry again,

TB    Posted 01-03-2004 at 19:56:35       [Reply]  [No Email]

Here you go.

TB    Posted 01-03-2004 at 19:17:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
I typed in llama up in the view archives and found some info. KellyGa also raises llamas. Hear is one of the sites she recommends. Maybe she or will be around later.

Ron,Ar    Posted 01-03-2004 at 18:52:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
I think there is a fella around here called Fawteen that knows a little/a lot about llamas. You might find him over on tractor tales board.

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