Gelded Males 

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gregc
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9/4/2017
gregc
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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
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katy holland
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10/5/2017
katy holland
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That is also what I have read. Plus they will fight less and you can pen them with females if needed.
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hhlalpacas
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10/6/2017
hhlalpacas
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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.
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gregc
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10/9/2017
gregc
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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.
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gregc
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10/9/2017
gregc
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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.
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melbarkley
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1/2/2018
melbarkley
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Learn to geld males yourself. We have had to learn how to do a lot of little things to keep from calling vet.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.
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sue c
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7/30/2018
sue c
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I believe the thought that gelding keeps fiber quality up is a debated one- and geldings should not be kept with females as they will still attempt to breed and can cause real damage to females that way. Gelding does calm males and will help a lot to prevent fights- it also slows or stops the development of fighting teeth if done before those appear. I have 2 boys who Ive had gelded- one at 10 months which I now know is too young - 2nd was done at the advised age of 18 months which I personally think is a bit older than ideal but I am very pleased with the way these boys get along now. If done the best way- under IV anesthesia using same technique as for a pet dog- it can be pricey - $250 or so- but having it done cheaply - ie no anesthesia, no pain meds, less involved technique- is more apt to have problems like bleeding -and is imo cruel to the alpaca. I think DIY gelding is a horrible idea- it is a surgical procedure! Have a vet do it.
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