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, 31 July 2010

What do you think of the new halter, Dudes?

We thought we would get a couple of new 'fast release' halters from Homestead Farm Supplies (http://www.homesteadfarmsupplies.co.uk/) to see how effective they are.  Normally we use Zephyr halters and are quite happy with them but we needed a couple of new large ones so it was an opportunity to see how these would operate.  This is Gaucho in his new 'baby blue' outfit.  Cute eh?
Here is Wee Eck getting used to his 'Tory blue' creation - we needed several adjustments to this one.  He is still unhappy about wearing a halter but next to him is Rufus who now accepts his one.  We also went 'walkies' today, Rufus was much better although very wary whilst Eck flung himself about before settling down.  "Softly, softly,catchee monkey" as the old military saying goes, so over time they will get better.
Earlier this week it looked like something catastrophic had happened to the boys with bodies lying all over the paddock - enough to give any owner a heart attack!  Not to worry, it was just a case of serious sun-bathing!  Wee Eck lies flat out in the middle of this group with Faro behind.  Rufus and Fergus are sharing the sand-pit whilst most of Fidget is in the foreground!
Wee Eck in the front having woken up from his snooze in the sun with Faro top left and Fyta top right.
And finally...... just to show that the Heilan coos are getting used to us, here is Mum Lola standing over her bull calf.  Auntie Freda is on the left. 


  1. Wee Eck certainly takes his sunbathing seriously...he looks especially dashing in the blue I think!

  2. Lovely photos !...I know..its such a worry to see them 'flat-out' !....makes your heart jump..!! someohow...you just can't get used to the fact that their so flat-out ! Always nice to see an ear twitch...or a leg move....isn't it !!....send the sun down here !!...I need it for haymaking !!......Jayne

  3. awwwww, love the wee calf! The halters look smart. We use the zephyrs too.