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May 1, 2006  Aggressive Male Behavior


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I have a Peruvian male that is aggressive towards one of my females. I tried to put them together 2 times and he picks her out of the herd and really clobbers her with pushing and biting. The other girls he is fine with. Will I ever get these two together? Their pens share a fence and he is always charging the fence if she is close enough. Sometimes they will have a spitting contest. He is alone right now, I'm afraid to put my 6 month old male in with him. Would he be happier if he always had a female in his corral?

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It sounds as if you are asking a couple of different questions... so let me answer them separately.

1.  His dislike of a particular female... This happens and I don't think anyone except the male knows why.  It could be an odor or a color or maybe she doesn't like him and is sending some sort of subliminal something.... nasty looks.  You didn't indicate if this female has been bred.  Has he already bred her or was she bred by a different male? 

Putting bred females in with a male that isn't the service sire is not a good idea.  Some males will not take no for an answer unless they are the male that bred the female and will either breed the female by force or chase her unmercifully.   If he does breed her on the sly you won't know who the sire is until you get the results of a blood test.

2.  Males living alone...When possible I think it is better for a male to live with others; either a female harem (females that have been bred to him), a bachelor herd or a buddy.  It is not a great idea to try introducing an aggressive adult male and a very young male.  If there is a big disparity in size the younger smaller animal could get hurt. 

You might try getting a big stout gelding alpaca, or perhaps a gelded llama as a pal.  These animals have many uses and are worth having around they can be used not only as pals for breeding males but also as: buddies for quarantined animals, or animals that have to go away to be bred or to the hospital, guardians for the females and their babies when the babies are young.

If you have enough property keeping males away from females will help them get along better.





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