Llama Linda Ranch
Alpacas and Llamas
Linda Hayes   60 Meadow View Lane   Glenwood Springs, CO 81601    970.379.4576   hayestees@sopris.net

Llamas

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Classies

Llamas are gentle animals that make great pets. They have been domesticated for over 5,000 years. This has made them safe & easy to work with. They do not push through fences like cattle or chew on boards & kick like horses. They are curious animals but seem content just to sniff at things.

If you have a place to keep a horse, you can have llamas. They use the same type of facilities & eat the same food. (Only a lot less of it!) They have few health problems. Vet. care is usually routine shots & worming. Lots of water & shade in the summer & winter shelter with quality hay will keep them healthy. Summer shearing is a must in hot climates.

Since llamas are safe with children, you don’t have to worry if a toddler wanders into the llama pen. The animals will come close & sniff but won’t kick, shove or bite. In fact, llamas don’t have top teeth in the front of their mouths. This makes them safe for hand feeding.

Pal

PalLlama have their own personal space. They don’t get too close to each other or to people. They must be taught that it is okay for people to touch them & invade their personal area. This means that even if a llama comes charging at a person with a feed bucket, they will stop a few feet away instead of knocking into them. Llama spit at each other for “pecking order” but it is rare for one to spit at a human. If you have heard of llamas that spit or knock people down, it is a maladjusted animal. Just as dogs, & horses aren't normally mean, neither are llamas.

DO NOT BUY A BOTTLE FED LLAMA. While they are cute when little, they become obnoxious when grown. Bottle fed males must be gelded or even destroyed on reaching maturity. Baby llamas imprint on people when bottle fed. Males grow up thinking that people are competitors for their breeding rights. This makes them dangerous.

Llama owners find many opportunities to share their animals with the rest of the world. There are shows, fun days, hikes and conventions. Owners are a friendly group who love to share their knowledge & experience. When you buy a llama, you are entering a whole new lifestyle. One of friendship, challenges & enjoyment. Many owners spend hours taking their animals to schools & hospitals. Llamas are still rare enough to be sought after for parades and other public events.

Cria

And yes, you can make money. Even at today’s low prices they can turn a profit. While show llamas are where the big bucks are, llamas are so inexpensive to raise that it’s possible to make money with the first cria. Females sell higher than males so if you just want a llama for a pet, geldings & males can be purchased for under $500. Upkeep is minimal & care is easy. I really enjoy my llamas & hope you will become a llama owner too.

At Llama Linda Ranch, I sell llamas that are halter broke & gentle. This is important for a first time owner. It is disappointing to buy an animal that is wild or scared of you. I will work with you & teach you how to train & handle them. I ‘m available to answer health questions & help with problems. I have had llamas since 1989 & am a certified judge. If I don’t know the answer I can usually find someone who does. Most of my customers come back & buy more llamas from me & I have started many breeders in Texas and Colorado in the business. My llamas are registered, guaranteed to be healthy & to have the proper “plumbing” to have babies.

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Llama LindaI finance my llamas. If you don’t see what you like at my ranch, tell me what you need and I will find it for you.

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