OUR SMALL HERD
Our 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 8 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.
Saturday, 5 June 2010
Ears, nails and milky mouth!
Fidget had been lying in the early morning sun with his chest and chin in a water tray when the boys were led into their catch pen. Here he is, suitably wet, with Gully by his side and Gaucho behind. Fidget had some nail trimming done and he was well behaved.
Faro is having a focus put on his itchy ear! I put some udder cream on his ears as they get quite dry. I put some fly ointment on them last week. Fergus at the front left is giving his usual "Give me space" warning! Shortly after this Fergus also had some nail trimming which he tolerated!
Faro gets a neck rub for being a good boy after his treatment! All the boys like having their necks rubbed and we do this a lot when they are in the catch pen. Outside of the pen, Fergus, Faro and more recently Fyta will stand to have their necks rubbed. Fyta likes it best when he is standing in the water tray!
We received a couple of photos of Lorna's latest cria at Ardo Alpaca and this one shows him with his mouth covered in mum's milk! No name for this wee chap yet but it will start with a J when it's given.
Another terrific photo of the wee chap with mum and all his aunties in the Aberdeenshire hills.