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, 11 April 2010
It's always nice to see the boys enjoying their haylage first thing in the morning. We give them a large handful each and very soon they lie down in front of their individual pile and chew contentedly. The boys enjoy their haylage as the grass has got a long way to grow before it will satisfy them. Yesterday and today have been lovely days so the boys tend to face the rising sun as they tuck into their breakfast. Our two hen-runs are in the background housing Horace the cockerel and his 7 hens.
The individual portion extends to their daily sugar beet in the late morning and their supplement later in the afternoon. We put their portions into bowls so that we know that each boy has had their individual portion. We tried trough feeding and various other methods but this usually resulted in either spitting or some boys getting double rations and some boys getting only a little. Good job we don't have a big herd or we would have to buy more bowls! This shot is of the boys having their sugar beet and Gaucho being coaxed to "eat up like a good boy!"
Happy bunnies with heads in their bowls!
"Please sir, can I have some more?" Having eaten all his beet, Fergus manages to get some on his nose and all under his chin giving him a passing resemblance to Salvador Dali!
And finally...............following all the snow we've had, this scene in our garden gladdens the heart! A mixture of Primrose, Primula, mini Daffodils and Heleborus - but maybe a spot of weeding is called for now!