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||Posted - 07/11/2012 : 3:24:31 PM
At what age do you put your yearlings w/the big boys?
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New Hope Suri Alpacas
Kinsman, Ohio 44428
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||Posted - 08/03/2012 : 7:39:44 PM
This is where geldings are invaluable. We put our smaller boys in with geldings who have been with the big guys. After a month or so, we put the big guys into a strange pasture occupied by the little guys and geldings. It usually works very well. We never, after a terrible experience doing it, put the little guys into a pasture that the big guys have been occupying. That almost always ends in disaster.
Alpacas 'R Diamonds
15163 W 323rd
Paola, KS 66071
||Posted - 08/03/2012 : 3:49:10 PM
This summer we put two 20 month old boys in with 13 adult males aged 3-15 years. They attacked and gang/jail raped both of them immediately and we had to remove them. After several weeks in the paddock next door we tried again with the same results. it was apparent that putting two younger and smaller boys in with 13 intact males is like throwing guppies in the shark tank. So we gelded ten of the males who weren't breeders anyway. Those who were spared were the best breeders and coincidentally the calmest as well. Now we are just waiting for the testosterone levels to drop. It's been two weeks and the fighting has begun to subside. All of our females are 1/4 mile away and not within view of the males. In almost ten years in alpacas this is the first time we had this much trouble integrating younger males into the herd.
Paul $ Mickey Harnett
Cherokee Rose Ranch
||Posted - 07/12/2012 : 7:00:18 PM
I try and pick reliable quiet big boys and then put them in with them for a week or so. Then introduce them to the whole gang.
Pepperina Alpacas Forest Hill QLD Australia
||Posted - 07/11/2012 : 6:57:54 PM
After you've stopped breeding for the season LOL! No matter when you breed, it's best not to put little ones in with big ones until the excess testosterone generated by hearing/watching ongoing breedings (or participating in breedings) has died down a bit. I never put little boys in with big boys when there are breedings going on, and if I need to spit test or do a breeding after that point, I like to remove the little fellows until a day or two after the breeding or test.
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LadySong Farm Bolivian Suri Alpacas
Randolph, NY 14772
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||Posted - 07/11/2012 : 4:24:30 PM
There have been many previous posts on this subject and the best answer is "it depends".....
Your males may accept one and leave him alone after a little wrestling, adding more than one at a time may make the big boys leave them alone.
You can remove the big boys for a few hours, put the yearlings in the pasture and then bring the big boys back, sometimes works based on the theory that the big boys are being added to somebody else's pasture so they are not as aggressive as if protecting home turf.
Some people have found success loading them up on a trailer, taking them for a ride and then putting them all back into the pasture. Kinda like making them share a different experience together so they kind of bond.
I have found adding them after doing shearing works pretty darn well since they all look and feel different.
Bob & Vicki Blodgett
Suri Land Alpaca Ranch
10371 N 2210 Road
Clinton, Oklahoma 73601
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