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, 28 February 2010

Who's a bonnie boy then?

Plenty of snow still around but it gives an opportunity to take some photos featuring Gaucho who is 2 yrs old, and will be 3yrs in July.  When very young he was quite small and always at the back in a large herd  but has really come on as part of our smaller herd. With his head up he is now the tallest boy in the herd and looks like a 'Jack the Lad' with an attitude to match!
Due to the snow, the boys' movement around the paddocks is restricted, so they appear bored.  However when we are there they will follow us into the deeper snow then start playing and charging round!  We'll be pleased to see the end of the snow even though it is beautiful in the sunshine.


  1. Gaucho is quite the handsome fellow! what a grand hinney with that fluffy tail!! With that head of hair, he looks like a punk rocker!! He is really pretty. Have you ever thought of putting hard rubber balls in with them? My horses would play with them like crazy - don't know why Alpaca's wouldn't. They have good sense of humor right? ...debbie

  2. Hi Debbie, Well we've never tried hard rubber balls as play things and I'm not sure how they would react to them. The boredom really comes from the fact that they can't get at the grass - once the snow goes they will have their heads down chewing the grass. Take care. Shirley & Robbie

  3. Gaucho looks mighty fine !...very handsome indeed !!...you look like you have much more snow now than me !...which makes a change...Im looking forward to the Spring and the Daffodils....Jayne

  4. Hi Jayne, Another cold night so the snow doesn't want to shift. Forecast looks better for this week though. Liked your Russian surprise by the way, I'm still doing all my carding, spinning etc by hand but its quite time consuming. Shirley.