OUR SMALL HERD
Our original four boys came from Ardo Alpacas in Aberdeenshire. We are not alpaca breeders and have our boys purely as pets. Our experience is that you don't need to be a breeder and that a 'batchelor herd' can give much pleasure to the owner. We have 5 acres including our big garden and grazing for the boys, 15 miles north of Inverness, Scotland. I spin, knit, felt and crochet with the fleece from the boys.
Saturday, 28 November 2009
Sunday, 22 November 2009
http://www.alpacaseller.co.uk/). About a week ago I put out a bucket of Camelid mineral lick for our boys, but as yet none of them has licked it! Our weather has been quite wet but the boys are happy to wander about in the rain and only use their field shelters when they want to. Our sheepish neighbours have now moved on to pastures new leaving the boys to look over the fence at an empty field, apart from an occasional visiting Badger and rabbits. We try to keep the Badger at bay due to fears of the spread of bovine TB which does affect Camelids.I've been making necklaces this week. The photo shows (left) a necklace of Merino and Alpaca felted balls. The middle one is Merino and Alpaca swirl. The necklace on the right is from Turkish and Gotit's felted fleece. I've also been spinning Ardo Hamish's fleece and it is brown and very soft. He is being sold by Lorna at Ardo Alpacas and can be seen on the Alpaca Sellers web site (
Tuesday, 10 November 2009
Sunday, 1 November 2009
We put the boys into the catch pen yesterday and trimmed Gully's fringe. Alpacas are not too keen on having their heads touched so getting the fringe clipped, especially when the fleece is wet, is not easy! He also has a long term dry skin problem so I rubbed udder cream on his ears and between his front legs. He was as good as gold whilst this was done. The two white boys, Fergus and Fidget, had one or two nails each trimmed, and they also put up with it! The nails of white alpacas seem to grow quicker than coloured animals, and other alpaca owners have also found this. We always halter the boys in the catch pen as this gets them used to being handled, and we end our session with a wee walk - in Fyta's case this was a very wee walk! After a couple of yards he refused to budge, spreading his rear legs in the A shape and making it quite clear that he was not in the mood for walkies. Ah well, maybe next time!