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.
Sunday, 31 January 2010
More snow again this morning and interesting to note how the boys like to 'chill' when having their morning haylage. Fergus and Fidget, our white boys, like to lay down and enjoy their hay/haylage at a leisurely pace. Top left photo shows Gaucho laying on the ground with Fergus peeping out of the shelter. Faro is in the shelter eating hay. You can also see their catch pen. Top right photo is of Fidget who prefers to eat slightly apart from the others because he likes to guard his food! Gully is bottom left (more snow coming on the horizon behind him!) Gully has fleeced up well, including his ears - I had previously had to rub on udder cream/fly cream on them due to skin condition/mites. We've received the 'Camelid herd & movement record' book from the British Alpaca Society for our use - great idea!
Sunday, 24 January 2010
'Neeps' (Swedes!) are usually associated with haggis for Burns' Suppers at this time of year. Our boys enjoy their neeps, anytime, any place and the top photo shows Fergus (left) today getting stuck into his whilst Gaucho is thinking about it. Gully is in the background. The bottom photo shows Fyta enjoying his piece of neep. The boys normally eat them off the ground but prefer them hand fed as they can nibble them easier. Once they start, they leave nothing. If you click on the picture Fergus's top plate can easily be seen
Its a misty day, cold and with lumps of snow still lying around. It was raining earlier so the guys look a bit bedraggled. They are beginnning to roll on the ground again after the snow, so you can imagine how they look covered in mud.