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 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.
Saturday, 18 September 2010
Do I look like a Camel in this?
Gaucho presenting his best camel-like features! Fergus just behind him and Rufus is in the background. Not a lot to report this week, sunshine has been in short supply, plenty of rain, gale force winds and dropping temperatures. Oh dear, winter is coming again!
Gaucho in profile. We have had him for just over a year now and he is well settled into the herd. Gaucho is 3 yrs old.
Fidget, one of our original 4 boys who has been with us for over 3 years. Always the one to hold back but he knows exactly what is going on around him and doesn't like to be 'crowded'. He's got a lovely nature with humans but won't stand any interference from herd members.
Rufus, who has been with us since July this year. Still a bit of a 'hummer' but the longer he is here, the less he is humming. Likes to scoff his own bowl of supplement then quickly move on to the others, which doesn't always go down well with the other boys. Spends most of his time on the edge of the herd but, like the rest of the boys, can now tell feed times without the need of a watch and queues up patiently, and on schedule!
And finally............ siesta time. Wee Eck (front) with Fergus outside the shelter and Fyta (L) and Faro (R) rummaging in the hay buckets behind! Eck came with Rufus, but unlike Rufus, he settled into the herd immediately and now competes with Faro the guard to be the first to do things, see things and eat things!