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, 21 February 2010

Red sky - more snow!

This sunset a few days ago preceeded another dump of snow and very low temperatures.  We did manage to get the boys into the catch pen, halter them and do some nail clipping.  Once again there is no grass for them to graze so they are on a daily mixture of hay, haylage, apples, swedes, sugar beet and their camelid supplement - lucky boys eh? The snow is really hard and frosty now with chunks of ice everywhere but the boys seem quite content to walk on it.  Lovely clear blue sky during the days - and sunny, but very frosty nights.
Here are the boys being hand fed today with their apple slices.  This is the last of our dessert apples from last year from our small orchard, so we are pleased that they have lasted through most of the winter.
Hi girls - Fergus here - I'm the main man around here!

Hi ladies - I'm Fidget - I'm really the main man around here!

Hi Everyone - I'm Gully - I'm not the main man but I'm the youngest and the bonniest!!


  1. Lovely photos - and your boys look so clean compared to ours!

  2. Nice pictures...and the boys look like they have enjoyed their treats....I see you also have snow...and its freezing down here...mind you, there's no mud ....yipee.....I know its just a matter of time again......roll on spring....Jayne

  3. Cute photos! Looks like they are glad to see you with a bunch of apples for a delicious snack! They are all so cute with their little mop of hair on their heads!...debbie

  4. Hi all above, Thanks for your comments - the boys do look nice & clean (unusually) at the moment. More snow here again today and even more supposed to come tomorrow and Friday. Not nearly as much as Rolf Barbakken has in Norway though! Take care. Shirley & Robbie