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4 Month Old Female With Horses

Born "Friendly"?

Catching a Llama

Dams' Licking Cria

Differences Between Training Methods?

 

Older Llama, "Wild Gal"

Trainability - How Do Llamas and Alpacas Compare?

Training Resources

Weaning

Young Llama Males, Open Females and Weaning?

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4 Month Old Female With Horses

I just bought my first Llama -- a 4-month-old female. My horses won’t have anything to do with her and are afraid of her. Will they ever herd together or will I always need to keep them separated? Should I buy another young female to keep her company? I would very much enjoy your newsletter. I also plan to order one of your halters. I know very, very little to nothing about llamas, except they are cute and sweet. I bought one also because I heard they keep coyotes off your property.

Thank You,
Colleen

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Born "Friendly"?

I have a question please. We have a two week old male cria that came out of his mom extremely FRIENDLY. He will bite our clothing and follow us around. He wants to come up to everyone and he will get very close and pull clothing and “talks” all the time. His mom and dad are both very laid back llamas. His mom has lots of milk as he weighed 21 at birth and at two weeks he weighs 35. He will bite on everything, wood, water bucket,  pulls on the blankets we have in the barn. We have a 5 week old male cria and a one week old female cria. They all play. He is VERY active and jumps on his mom and the male cria all the time to play.
We don’t want to do the wrong thing with him. What advice do you have for us.

Thanks,
Judy

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Catching a Llama

I am having a hard time catching my llama. Nothing seems to work. How do you capture a skiddish llama?

Nicole, VT

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Dams' Licking Cria

Why do dams not lick their crias?

Marci, ID

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Differences Between Training Methods?

I have just purchased my first 3 alpacas (intact males ages 1-3) and am studying training/handling methods. I have researched the TTeam method with Marty McGee Bennett and John Mallon's methods. How does your method compare with these?

Tina

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Older Llama, "Wild Gal"

I’ve just discovered your web site but I haven’t found the answer to my specific problem. I bought an older llama as a guard animal for our small flock of sheep. She was a little wild but I thought it might just be because she had a cria, too...

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Trainability - How Do Llamas and Alpacas Compare?

I am interested in the relative trainability of llamas as against alpacas? The latter always seem very highly-strung to my thinking, though I’ve had little to do with them.

Terry

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Training Resources

Do you recommend a good book or video on training llamas? Basics and packing? We just want to be sure we are going about it the right way.

Thank you, Beth and Mike, PA

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Weaning

I read your article on weaning and I like the idea of letting "mother" do it - this makes the most sense.  How do you handle taking the juveniles away to shows?  Must they be weaned first so they aren't crying and wondering where mother is throughout the whole show?  I would appreciate your advice - I am puzzled as to what to do.

Julie

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Young Llama Males, Open Females and Weaning?

After reading your articles on weaning I have decided to commit to allowing my llamas to wean their babies. I have 2 male crias, one 5 months and the other 1 month. I will geld the male who is now 1 month old, but would like to wait and show the 2nd male in April.  My question is can I allow the older male to remain with the female herd [open moms and daughters] while his mother weans him?  Or do I have to move both mom and son away from the main herd?  This seems
drastic to me, but I do not want any of my llamas impregnated by this male either.
Thank you for any advice you can give me.  I've collected all your articles and bound them--they are invaluable as I am a newbie llama owner.

Mary

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