OUR SMALL HERD

Our 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 8 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.

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Sunday, 23 August 2009

We haltered the boys this weekend and found that Gaucho is still a little wary, especially when being led. Gully takes the halter well, and led well. Fergus halters very well but doesn't like walkies too much! The two new boys have settled into the herd now and we had an evening run around the field yesterday, Gaucho and Gully 'prancing' with all the boys in a long line. Had a visit from a friend today who has 4 alpacas and we hope to put on a small display locally at a market day on Sat 5th Sept 09. We hope that this will improve knowledge and the profile of alpacas in this area.

Wednesday, 19 August 2009

Gotit and Turkish returned home to Aberdeenshire about 10 days ago so the four original boys plus the two new guys have been getting used to each other. They are settling down well, but with no obvious herd leader yet.

'GOTIT' Born: 17th June 2003


He was with us for a year from summer 2008/9 and was the herd leader. He arrived with Turkish.
Both Gotit and Turkish returned to Ardo Alpacas in Aug 2009. They were both lovely boys and real characters.

'TURKISH' Born:1st June 2006


Arrived with Gotit for a one year stay in Aug 2008. A big rose-grey fella who loves humans! Has now gone back to Ardo Alpacas with his pal Gotit.

Wednesday, 12 August 2009

'FIDGET' Born:24th July 2006


One of the initial four boys who arrived in June 2007. A quiet and shy chap who is now beginning to blossom. His father is Gotit. His mother is Bozedown Roxana. He is all white.

'FYTA' Born: 15th July 2006

Another of our initial four boys, Fyta was quite reserved at first but over the past two years has developed into a lovely personality. His father is Gotit and is mother is Pie in Ardo of Edenbrook. He is a white boy with black trousers ('fancy.') Since Gotit left recently, we think Fyta will take over the leadership of the herd - reluctantly!

'GAUCHO' Born: 25th July 2007

Arrived in Aug 09 with Gully to join the herd. A dark fawn boy who is still nervous but has plenty of spirit! After Gotit's departure, he quickly settled into the herd. Gaucho's father is Bozedown Orion. His mother was Ardo Chilli.

Tuesday, 11 August 2009

'GULLY' Born: 8th August 2007

Arrived with Gaucho to join the herd in Aug 09. He is a deaf boy with blue eyes and Gaucho is his friend and sparring partner! He is light fawn in colour and is a lovely wee chap. Loves his food, already accepted into the herd and keeps himself in the middle of everyone (for protection?) Gully's mother is Bozedown Ariadne and his father is Bozedown Orion.


'FARO' Born: 25th June 2006

Another of our initial four boys. He is dark brown in colour and has a lovely nature, very friendly and always the first to greet us. His father is Gotit and his mother is Ardo Rachael.

'FERGUS' Born: 27th May 2006

The last of our initial four boys, Fergus is the most laid back of the herd! Loves his food and his own company sometimes. Fergus's father is Bozedown Meteor and his mother is Ardo Canna. He is all white with thick fleece.