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.

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.


  1. Lovely photos....nice now the weather..is improving, just a shame about the flies..!!...Jayne

  2. Lorna said they'd had a cria. He looks lovely! Your garden looks fab btw!!!

  3. Hi Jayne & Lucy, Nice to have decent weather now isn't it? We agree about the flies - especially those great big Cleg things - like helicopters! Garden is beginning to get back into shape after the destruction of the winter weather. Still cutting bushes that have not survived. Take care for now. Shirley & Robbie

  4. They boys look to be enjoying their neck rubbing!

    I have a girls how gets very dry ears, I find the stop it oil works well too as it keeps the flies away aswell.

  5. The wee baby is just darling! What makes their ears dry? The cold weather? They all are so cute with their floppy hair on their heads. quit comical! ...debbie

  6. Hi Debbie (Barnacre) Thanks for that, we'll try and source stop-it oil. One of the other boys, Gully' has 'crusty' ears so we could try that on him too. Ta.

    Hi Debbie (Happy Days) Not sure why a couple of the boys have dry ears, not a big problem but it does bother them a bit. Shirley & Robbie

  7. Hi Shirley, please stop my posts, as I have something waiting for you! Have a great Wednesday!! ...debbie

  8. Hi Debbie (Happy Days), OK we've blocked your mail - hope this is what you meant! Take care. Shirley