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.


Just a reminder that clicking on (most) of the photos will show them greatly enlarged.

Sunday, 31 January 2010

Chill Out!

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!


  1. What a beautiful view you have! or rather Gully has! Very pretty. Gully looks quite fit for the cold. It's funny how they get lazy and eat while laying down, but perhaps he's just trying to keep himself warm. It must stay mighty cold in Scotland. When does it start to warm up there?...debbie

  2. Hi Shirley...Yes, Im hoping to be using James again, he mentioned June sometime this year. So I shall wait for him to contact me, as he usually does....its a far cry from this weather at the moment...thinking of shearing ! But it will come round sooner than you think..and we'll be remembering what this winter was like for years to come !!.....Jayne

  3. Shirley, you have been awarded The Sun Shine Award for bringing information to those who know nothing about Alpacas, and the great photos. I appreciate your answering all my questions and really enjoy visiting with the boys!! Please stop by and pick up your award...debbie