Bee Creek Farm Havana, KS
 

Llamas FAQs

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How much do they cost?

Llamas at our farm range from $500.00 to $4,000.00 in price.

What do you look for in a llama and why the price range?

In our farm breeding program, we strive for sound confirmation, good bone, high tail set, fluid gate and balance with correct angulation of the legs, flat back, banana shaped ears, proportionate and beautiful head, with an overall eye-appealing apperance. We love silky fiber with crimp or lock structure. Size and color are other factors we consider, as well as bloodlines and heritage. We also consider a good disposition to be very important. We know not every llama is destined for the show ring or breeding pasture. They are sought after for many different purposes. Therefore, we do offer some wonderful llamas at reduced prices for use as fiber or guard animals. Breeding and show animals are priced respective to their individual characteristics, qualities and potential. We have llamas to fit any budget and meet any need! All of our llamas are socialized with people and halter trained before leaving the farm.

What do you do with a llama?

Llamas can easily be trained to pack or pull a cart. They can pack a picnic and your fishing poles for a nice afternoon trip to the pond, or up to approximately 100 pounds of weight for a longer trek. They produce wonderful fiber that can be used for spinning, felting, weaving or even fly tying. They will guard your livestock, such as goats or sheep, from coyote predation, and they make fun and rewarding show animals for the entire family.  We can't imagine life without llamas.

What are some characteristics of llamas?

One of the neatest characteristics of llamas is that they use a communal dung pile. All the llamas in a herd will go in one or two spots in a pasture. Makes for easy cleanup and a nice clean pasture! Their fiber is hollow, so it is lighter and warmer than wool. Many people who are allergic to wool can wear llama, as it does not contain lanolin. It is not itchy and scratchy like wool and will not irritate the skin. Llamas are induced ovulators. They do not come into heat like most other animals do. Just introduce the male to the female. This allows llama breeders to plan for cria during optimal times of the year, so as not to have stressed mama llamas and cria losses due to heat or cold weather.

How long does a llama live?

Approximately 15 to 20 years. They are slow to mature and do not reach full maturity and growth until they are approximately 3 to 4 years old.

What is the gestation of a llama?

11 1/2 months. Llamas are usually ready to breed between the age of 2 and 3. A female can be rebred 14 days after delivery of a cria. They very rarely have twins.

What sounds does a llama make?

The hum-m-m-m-m-m-m is the most common sound. It is a sign of contentment when they greet you with kisses at the fence or a mother with her newborn. A high-pitched hum, or a whine, is an expression of distress. The alarm call is similar to a horse whinny. This tells the herd to be alert. Something dangerous or unfamiliar has been spotted. Llamas will group together after hearing the alarm call and will all be looking in the same direction. Many times, the cause for alarm may be a dog or coyote. A clicking noise made with the throat is a sign of irritability or aggression. Males fighting for their territory make an unmistakable shrieking scream.

What do llamas eat?

Grass or grass hay, mineral block and water should be available at all times. A pelleted food or grain supplement may be given if needed.

What routine healthcare do llamas require?

Our llamas are given a CDT vaccination each spring. Toenails need trimming occasionally and a good parasite prevention/deworming program is essential to good health. Here in Kansas, we consider shearing each spring a healthcare need. Even if you do not plan to use the fiber, shearing is imperative to your llama's health if you live in a hot, humid climate. We perform these basic healthcare tasks ourselves.

What is the No. 1 question we are most frequently asked about llamas?

Do they spit? Very rarely at people. Spitting is a defense mechanism used for disputes within the herd or towards other animals that might threaten them (or try to steal their food!) Many a llama owner has probably been caught in the crossfire of one of these disputes. However, we consider this defense less offensive than the kick or bite of other animals.

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