Three pet boys have been behaving fine together in their own paddock over the last three weeks. We do this so that we can monitor their behaviour having been removed from the large group and ensure they get on well with no bullying before they go to their new home. Wouldn't you know it? I was doing another session of halter training when I noticed one of the boys ears was bleeding. To cut a long story short the youngest of the group ( three years old this summer) had grown fighting teeth and had done some damage to his friend! These teeth are usually trimmed at shearing time. The two older males had fighting teeth last year that were removed at shearing. Over the last 16 years we have managed to avoid any injuries by ensuring removal at shearing. This warm weather does seem to set the boys off deciding who is boss of the field.
Antibiotic spray sorted the ear and Rob and Linda used the 'cheese wire ' to take the tops off these barbed teeth before they did any more damage. They behaved fine on the journey to their new home and appeared very settled when fitted with their new head collars and released into their new home ready for the children to come in from school. We have been told that there was a reluctance to go to school this morning cos they wanted to play with their new alpacas. Brilliant.