|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 tomcats 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" or "the geldables have been torn away" for the same effect.