So, what are the chances of having a baby llama?

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by mylilchix, Jul 24, 2008.

  1. mylilchix

    mylilchix Chillin' With My Peeps

    I give up! [​IMG] It's been one of those weeks! We are getting our new llamas on Monday, so we've been trying to get their pasture ready only to discover that hubby needs to work this weekend. It's going to be funny watching me try to put up 330' of field fencing by myself.

    So today just for fun, I decided to take the kiddos to go see our llamas since we haven't been over for a while. The owner is out of town, but her mom is there taking care of the animals. The owner told us we could come by anytime while she was gone. We get over there, and are having a great time. Mom is a sweetie, and the kiddos are having fun feeding the horses and llamas. Well, I notice the male llama is not in his usual pen in the corral. He's not gelded, so he's kept seperated. The horses had moved the corral panels in the night, and mom couldn't fix them, so she let him out. Well, low and behold he starts mating with the female we're going to get right in front of my kids!! Ahhhhhh!! [​IMG] I think I'm still traumatized not to mention having to give a brief bird and bee talk. Of course as I'm trying to tell my kids to turn around and start heading to the car, they just want to gawk at the action. So, what are my chances of having a summer cria? She has a 1 y/o daughter now that's also coming home with us. I'm kinda worried now. These are our first llama, so I was hoping to get used to having them around before considering breeding.

    Thanks for your help,
    Sonja
     
    Last edited: Jul 24, 2008
  2. greeneggsandham

    greeneggsandham Chillin' With My Peeps

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  3. buck-wild-chick

    buck-wild-chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just tell the kids they were wrestling ??

    thats what my mom told my brother [​IMG]
     
  4. Chirpy

    Chirpy Balderdash

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    Thought I'd respond on here (besides the PM) just so others can see.

    A female llama can be bred with a pretty short "tie". I've had a female get bred after one 17 minute tie with the male. I've had others that took two or three breedings to become bred.

    You can almost always tell if a llama is pregnant by taking her back to the male five days after their breeding. (You breed them once and then wait five days to check.) If she's pregnant she will spit off (spit at) the male and not want him near her. If she's not pregnant she will flag her tail and be 'receptive' to his advances. (There are the normals -- some llamas like to confuse people and are never 'normal' [​IMG])

    A llamas gestation is 11 1/2 months but they can give birth a little before that or even go over 12 months on rare occasions.
     
  5. mylilchix

    mylilchix Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thanks everyone! Cindy, I read your message this morning. I'm not sure how long they were together. We left the area pretty quickly. I'm just hoping the male was put back in his pen shortly after we left. When we pick our girls up Monday it'll be day 5, so I'll have to ask their owner to "test".

    Congrats on you newest baby!!!

    Sonja
     
  6. dixygirl

    dixygirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's the funniest story I have heard in a while. Thanks for a good laugh [​IMG]
     

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