Guard Llamas and Other Critters

Cronk 3 years old

I’d like give you some official-sounding information about llamas, but I’m definitely not an expert. Actually, I’m somewhat intimidated by them because they’re not a type of animal that I’ve spent much time around.  I can tell you that they can be BIG; they need their feet trimmed and immunizations just like sheep, they eat everything the sheep eat, they’ll kill your apple trees and shrubbery, and they need WORMING every 6 weeks to keep them from dying due to a parasite carried by deer.  Reports of them spitting on people seem highly exaggerated to me, although I heard of them taking an instant dislike to an individual and letting loose.  They spit at the sheep if they get mad enough.

They can also jump over a cattle panel from a standstill if you freak them out, but mostly they’re pretty mellow.  They can kill a coyote, and I’ve heard a reliable report of a llama stallion attacking and hamstringing a horse.  Get your male llamas gelded and their tusks cut off!  Guardian-wise, they work better as the lone llama in the flock, and are most attentive after 18 months of age.  I should also let you know that llamas will guard anything, even chickens! If you don’t want the extra feed, shots, and licensing that a livestock guarding dog requires, a llama may be for you!

 

Our llamas are always vigilant – during lambing, Yzma is on watch 24/7 making sure that nothing threatens her girls. She is the first to identify new lambs as needing her protection. working the sheep

 

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