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9 days ago

Topic: Gelded Males

gregc
Posts: 3
gregc
Posts: 3
Topic: Gelded Males
hhlalpacas wrote:
We only ever gelded one male, that cost us about $250. It did not improve the fighting, boys will be boys and will still fight for top dog. We ended up selling him for $300 so we lost money on that boy.....we would never do it again, and most likely would never put any male in with our females...even gelded.



OK, that's my dilemma. Thank you for your response I appreciate it.
9 days ago

Topic: Gelded Males

gregc
Posts: 3
gregc
Posts: 3
Topic: Gelded Males
katy holland wrote:
That is also what I have read. Plus they will fight less and you can pen them with females if needed.



Thank you for your response! I appreciate it.
12 days ago

Topic: Gelded Males

hhlalpacas
Posts: 2
hhlalpacas
Posts: 2
Topic: Gelded Males
We only ever gelded one male, that cost us about $250. It did not improve the fighting, boys will be boys and will still fight for top dog. We ended up selling him for $300 so we lost money on that boy.....we would never do it again, and most likely would never put any male in with our females...even gelded.
12 days ago

Topic: Herd for Sale

hhlalpacas
Posts: 2
hhlalpacas
Posts: 2
Topic: Herd for Sale
We also are trying to downsize our herd size to a more manageable size for us. We have them all listed on our openherd website as well as having a presence on Facebook with our Farm Page. We send out newsletters to folks who have visited our farm and that had expressed interest, we're up to over 300 in our mailing list. Word of mouth. Hoobly.com It all takes time. The more you talk about it on posts wherever, help. It is slow going...just know that when the right people come along, you'll sell.
13 days ago

Topic: Herd for Sale

katy holland
Posts: 16
katy holland
Posts: 16
Topic: Herd for Sale
What is the best way to go about selling an entire herd? I have 10 Suris that I need to sell. Openherd isn't cutting it.
13 days ago

Topic: Gelded Males

katy holland
Posts: 16
katy holland
Posts: 16
Topic: Gelded Males
That is also what I have read. Plus they will fight less and you can pen them with females if needed.
15 days ago

Topic: Sand Clear

maryogilvie
Posts: 4
maryogilvie
Posts: 4
Topic: Sand Clear
Live on very sandy soil and would like to know how much Sand Clear to add to the feed and how often. Thanks
9/4/2017

Topic: Gelded Males

gregc
Posts: 3
gregc
Posts: 3
Topic: Gelded Males
I have 11 intact Suri males plus 2 new male crias. I've been reading about gelded males and most of what I've been able to find says that gelding them improves their fleece quality and personalities. Does anyone have any gelded males and what is your opinion/experience on this subject? Any information would be greatly appreciated.
edited by gregc on 9/4/2017
7/26/2017

Topic: Alpaca Farm in Virginia

crimphaven
Posts: 1
crimphaven
Posts: 1
Topic: Alpaca Farm in Virginia
http://lexvarealestate.com/details/residential/132128/
Turn key alpaca farm in the charming & historic college town of Lexington, VA - 17.5 acres, 3 BR/2.5BA home, 2 barns, 2 sheds, pastures, paddocks, water & electric to main barn, auto waterers, plenty of fencing and cross-fencing. Easy to get to and a tourist destination!
6/29/2017

Topic: Female won't eat supplement

Alpacas at Sunset Acres

Berryville, VA

sunset acres
Posts: 2
Alpacas at Sunset Acres

Berryville, VA

sunset acres
Posts: 2
Topic: Female won't eat supplement
We have a lactating female with two week old cria that in the last two days has refused to eat supplement. Before that she had a very good appetite. We have tried three different kinds of supplement ( Southern States pellets and SS pellets with oats and corn and Mazuri Dr Evans alpaca feed). She does eat some hay and some pasture grass, but will only smell the supplements. We have also tried using different feed buckets. Any suggestions?
6/9/2017

Topic: flies etc

Alpacas By Choice

Penrose, CO

Alpacas By Choice
Posts: 1
Alpacas By Choice

Penrose, CO

Alpacas By Choice
Posts: 1
Topic: flies etc
Dr. Ruth, A product called insect shield for dogs with 0.52% Permethrin the other 99.48%is the actual Neck Gaiter. Work for Alpacas or not? wraps around neck. Kills flies mosquitos ticks fleas.
6/7/2017

Topic: Down Male

katy holland
Posts: 16
katy holland
Posts: 16
Topic: Down Male
Did you have a necropsy done on him? I'm thinking it could have been a meningeal worm? Just a thought?
4/3/2017

Topic: Fungus

maryogilvie
Posts: 4
maryogilvie
Posts: 4
Topic: Fungus
We have an alpaca ranch in East Texas. The past winter was very wet and mild and we live in a forest. Just finished shearing last Thursday and a number of are alpacas had fungus issues. The vet has advised us to use one cup of bleach in a gallon of water; and also suggested using power that is recommended for fungus on roses. If you could let me know you thoughts or recommendations I would greatly appreciate it. Most of the fungus is located on legs and stomach areas. thank you
3/26/2017

Topic: Down Male

khillhouse1
Posts: 2
khillhouse1
Posts: 2
Topic: Down Male
Yes, fecal was run. I lost him Thursday. Thanks for the question though. I appreciate it.
3/26/2017

Topic: Down Male

sue c
Posts: 2
sue c
Posts: 2
Topic: Down Male
Was a fecal run?
3/22/2017

Topic: Down Male

khillhouse1
Posts: 2
khillhouse1
Posts: 2
Topic: Down Male
I found one of my male alpacas down on Wednesday, March 15, 2017. My husband and I lifted him up. He was a little shaky, but quickly walked away to pee and poop. We sectioned him off in the barn because Monday, March 12 I found another male on top of him. We figured his front right leg was bruised/sore because he seemed to be favoring that leg. Monday afternoon I saw him trip and fall. Again, we lifted him since he wasn't able to get up on his own. We loaded him up and took him to the vet. Doc said he didn't see anything abnormal. His color and temp was good. He gave us Banamine and Dexamethasone. Thursday, we had to lift him up again since he is unable to get up one his own, but he was walking by himself. Same on Friday morning. Friday afternoon, we lifted him so he could walk around. He wasn't able to take a step without falling down. We tried this four times, each time making sure he had been standing for a good five minutes before letting him try to walk. We took him to the vet as soon as we could get him in the trailer. Doc ran his blood sample and found him to be fighting an infection and severely anemic. Treated him with Thiamine, LA200, Lixitonic, and Panacur. He was up and walking for several hours on Saturday, March 18. Monday, we lifted him up. He stood for about 45 minutes, taking small steps. It's now Tuesday night, March 21. He can not get up on his own. When we lift him, he tucks his legs, drops his head and refuses to stand. He does this even in a sling. He's very alert, eating and drinking, peeing and pooping all from a cushed position. His back legs work fine. I'm taking him to the vet tomorrow to have another blood test run to see where we are. Does anyone have any idea what's going on with him????
10/7/2016

Topic: Rose Grey?

kstboguss
Posts: 1
kstboguss
Posts: 1
Topic: Rose Grey?
At what point do you know if your alpaca is grey or not? I have a solid med fawn girl that has grey/white fibers throughout her fleece. They are not straight primaries at all. How would I know for sure if she is a rose grey or not? Any help would be greatly appropriated.
9/15/2016

Topic: Odd Histograms

nathanialbumpo
Posts: 1
nathanialbumpo
Posts: 1
Topic: Odd Histograms
I got my Histograms back week and I was a little shocked, almost all went up quite radically. 8-10 microns in a single year. A 6 six year old dam that was never higher than 21 came in at 30. A yearly male that jumped from 20.1 to 31 micron in one season and this was same across the 15 alpaca I had tested. I also heard that a number of breeder in Pennsylvania had similar results.
Has anyone here seen the same thing or heard of these incredibility high results.
9/5/2016

Topic: Cria straining to poo

prozzol
Posts: 1
prozzol
Posts: 1
Topic: Cria straining to poo
Hi RuthAnne, I have a 3 week old male cria. Because I was not seeing stool in the 1st few days I gave a 60ml soap/warm water enema by gravity on day 3 and 5 with results. For the next few days I saw small poos and thought all was fine. Since day 8 or so,thru today I have seen him bear down without result on the ground but I have seen small amounts of formed poo pellets on the fiber under his tail, I have not seen any in the pile for at least 5-7 days. Today I gave 3rd enema of same by gravity and he gave about 1 tablespoon of formed individual (not in a hard mass) of sage green pellets and there was a tiny amount of mucous. The catheter is a red one at least 10 inches and I was able to easily advance it the entire length. He auscultates positive for bowel sounds. Oh, and he shares the paddock with his mom and one other female. I thought perhaps the older animals might be going on top of his but on many close checks that does not appear to be the case. I am hesitant to continue to cath because I I don't want to mess up the peristalsis. ~~~ Oh yes, and he has good energy is up and curious, nursing well and mom is attentive. Thank you, Lisa
edited by prozzol on 9/5/2016
edited by prozzol on 9/5/2016
edited by prozzol on 9/6/2016
8/28/2016

Topic: Cydectin dose for alpacas

Tanglewood Farm

Fayetteville, OH

Tanglewoodfarm
Posts: 9
Tanglewood Farm

Fayetteville, OH

Tanglewoodfarm
Posts: 9
Topic: Cydectin dose for alpacas
I have a bottle on which the vet wrote the dosage for alpacas(Cydectin) I give 2cc for every 11 pounds the alpaca weighs. I weigh each animal that shows pale eye membranes, and give the required amount orally. Safeguard no longer seems to work here, so I use Cydectin.