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Date:June 20th, 2006 01:19 pm (UTC)
*g* Don't know if I'll invite him back in....the floors were a bit slick for him. Plus, he'd try to eat the houseplants, I think.

I'd love to have a llama - must look into that. Fiber and "inside" pet all rolled into one...*g*
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Date:June 20th, 2006 02:18 pm (UTC)
I'd love to have a llama - must look into that.

Just some practical comments about llama ownership, in case you ever get serious about acquiring . . .

Llamas do better in pairs, minimum. It is very rare to find a llama that does well as a solo animal. Of all the llamas that my extended family have owned over the years, only one was a true solo animal. Very unusual. I don't know if llamas pasture well with horses--my sense is that they do not because they don't have hooves to defend themselves with against playful or not so playful horses. They can pasture fine in side-by-side set-ups and can enjoy each others' company, but with a good fence between 'em.

Llamas can not be safely contained with barbed wire fencing. We use woven, no-climb stock fencing for the paddock, and clearly visible, well-marked electric fencing for the grazing pastures. Never leave llamas in electric fenced areas overnight or while you are away. They need to be contained in woven fenced paddocks during those times.

Dogs and llamas DO NOT MIX. EVER. All gates and fencing to the paddock must have a mesh that dogs can't get through, over, or under. Anyone who tells you that llamas and dogs can coexist are risking the lives of both species in the scenerio.

Also, while llamas are easy to own in comparison to horses, they are not touchy-feely animals. If you find some that ARE touchy-feely, be very cautious that they have been overhandled or, worse yet, imprinted on humans. In both cases, there is a high danger potential.

In most areas of the country, llamas require a monthly injection of Ivermectin during every month that is frost/snow free. This is to prevent them from developing the dreaded and deadly meningeal worm. Not giving the injections is subjecting them to a potentially awful and painful death.

Llamas must never be left unattended with a halter on. It's important that, while shopping for llamas, you are given the opportunity to walk up to and halter the llama yourself so you can gauge their handle-ability. Any seller who shows you a llama pre-haltered in a paddock is hiding something . . .

Llamas require shearing once per year, toenail trims twice per year, and lots of water all the time. In hot climates, a sturdy, large wading pool full of water is a wonderful thing for them to lie down in. Fans in stalls during the hot months are also very good. Llamas heat stress very easily, and once that happens, they can die very quickly.

Llama fiber is terrific to spin, but ONLY if it has been professionally de-haired. You have to take that extra step (and expense) into account if you plan on spinning your llamas' fiber.

Have I scared you off of llamas yet? :^)
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Date:June 20th, 2006 05:51 pm (UTC)
Nope - not scared yet!

thanks for the info - I haven't started the research portion yet, since it'll be a few years before I can even consider adding to my zoo. (6 horses/3 large dogs/4 goldfish.....) This at least gives me a good place to start.
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