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How to Geld a Llama

Discussion in 'Behaviors & Handling Techniques - Llamas and Alpac' started by ladyfarmer10, Jul 30, 2012.

  1. Jul 30, 2012
    ladyfarmer10

    ladyfarmer10 Exploring the pasture

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    Can you band them like goats?
     
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    HankTheTank

    HankTheTank Loving the herd life

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    Not recomended, the best thing to do is get a vet to do it surgically.
     
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    ksalvagno

    ksalvagno Alpaca Master

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    Llamas shouldn't be gelded before 2 years old. They need the hormones for proper bone growth. So they really would be too old to band. It is best to have them surgically gelded.
     
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    zelloniszoo

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    so i would be able to get my alpaca boys done at 2 and almost 4yrs old?
     
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    secuono

    secuono Herd Master

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    Can't that be said about any animal?? JW
     
  6. Jul 31, 2012
    ksalvagno

    ksalvagno Alpaca Master

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    Yes, that would be no problem.




    "Can't that be said about any animal?? JW"


    Yes, but look how young they spay/neuter dogs and cats and goats are banded at 8-12 weeks old. I will say that alpacas/llamas are especially affected by it. I know this from personal experience. I was brand new in camelids and didn't know better. I had my 2 llamas gelded at 1 year of age. The one llama did ok but did have longer/narrower leg bones but the other llama ended up breaking his leg badly from just running and had to be put down. The vet said that the bones were just too thin from gelding too early. I was devastated that I had caused that. Ever since then, I have made sure that people know what can happen if they geld too early.
     
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    ladyfarmer10

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    OK thanks I'll make sure to let my neighbor know.
    Thanks Again