Llamas As Guards
Llamas As Guards
Presently we do not have any Llamas available that are suitable for guard duties. Llamas to qualify as guards should be at least four years of age. Our more senior group are now more suitable to be family pets. Our adult Llamas are either part of our breeding programme........ or are earmarked for future programmes. Our juveniles presently are too young to take on the responsibilities of guarding.
We believe that for Llamas to live out their lives happy and content they need to have a buddy of their own species. There are a number of opinions on this subject. Actually opposing views.
Sheep owners will say that their Llama bonds with the sheep herd and really don't need a buddy. If they have a companion Llama they will bond with each other and not be true guardians.
Llama breeders and those folks that study Llamas will state that "Llamas need a companion Llama - they can and do work in pairs to protect their wards."
These two photos illustrate Llamas doing just that. The first photo was taken by Sarah Jane Wales. Sarah lost three ducks and two rabbits prior to owning Louie and Bertie. Since her boys arrival, Sarah has not experience any more losses of her treasured barnyard friends. The photo shows three Llamas gathering up their alpaca herd and standing guard. All strategically placed to protect. There were drones flying overhead and the Llamas believed that these unfamiliar objects might be a danger to their wards.
At Misty Morn Llamas we truly believe that guard Llamas need a companion. Therefore we will not sell a single Llama for guard duties. Please note that two Llamas purchased but separated by fields/pastures to guard different herd/groupings is not considered to meet the requirement of pairing buddies to guard. If your group of goats or sheep exceed reasonable numbers than even two Llamas in a specific field might not be suitable.
We would also mention that if you are experiencing 'wolves' as predators then we would suggest another means to protect your animals.
Shelley K. Nottrodt, Timberlane Ranch
Shelley and Dave purchased several Llamas from us. These are Shelley's comments regarding Llamas working together to guard their Alpacas. Dave and Arctic Thunder's photo alongside.
"Timberland Ranch would like to support your comments re: The need for a same species Companion.
We have two female Llamas, & two male Llamas. In each gender there is a more assertive guard who takes their job protecting our Alpacas very seriously. The other is like a 2nd in command, working as a team with the designated head guard.
All four Llamas are naturally great guards, but also enjoy the companionship of a same species friend who helps share the duties. If an alarm is sounded, the Alpacas all line up behind the sounding Llama, facing the same direction. Usually other fields will do the same. If an animal is in distress, injury or labour, or just distracted, and does not make it to the barn, the Llamas will not enter the barn. I could not think of putting all the stress of constant surveillance on one Llama without a companion. Although affectionate, loving animals, all four Llamas make their jobs first priority when needed."