|This article is about the current version of DF.|
Gelder is the skill associated with the geld labor. Gelding allows the castration of male animals so they cannot produce offspring. This is useful to stop/prevent catsplosions as the male cats can no longer breed. A dwarf more skilled in gelding is less likely to be injured performing the job.
Animals can be selected for gelding through the same menus used for butchery:
- go into iew mode, place the cursor on the animal, go to the references page and press to flag (or un-flag) the animal for gelding, or,
- go to the Status) screen, then the animal status screen, select the animal and press to flag (or un-flag) for gelding. (
A geld animal job will be then added to a farmer's workshop. A gelder will take this job and lead the animal to the workshop, at which point it is instantly castrated. A castrated male's gender will appear as x♂x rather than the usual ♂.
Egg-laying animals are not geldable.
Incidentally, gelding can occur through combat as well. Attacks aimed at the lower body can cause "a gelding strike" for the same effect.