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.

Sunday, 27 March 2011

Heavenly haylage!

The snow has all gone now, thank goodness, the weather has been more Spring like, and the grass is beginning to grow.  The boys still love their morning haylage and this is Wee Eck enjoying a mouthful.  He has a new tooth growing in on the bottom left (on the picture.)  Fidge is lying in the background enjoying his breakfast too.  We are going through less and less hay as the grass comes on, but these guys do like their haylage.
Faro enjoying a mouthful with Rufus and Fyta standing behind,  and Gully, Fergus and Gaucho lying down to eat.  Faro is a lovely alpaca, very gentle, slim - like a deer, and the boy who always comes to greet us ( and check us out!)  He doesn't have a dense coat, but it is a lovely colour.  Always alert and the first to spot anything or anyone approaching.
Fidget - a beefy boy!  Shortly after this was taken he got into his favourite muddy rolling spot and changed to a lovely brown colour!  Fidge is very much part of the herd, but he likes to keep himself apart from the others, preferring his own space.  He does not take kindly to having his food being pinched by others - unless it's Wee Eck who is scared of nothing!
And finally.........Gully, another lovely, gentle alpaca who has his supplement feeding routine off pat.  He gobbles the feed down as quickly as possible keeping an eye on me all the while,  then comes running over for another handful - which he always gets. He is always so pleased he starts 'dancing'.


  1. Glad the snow has gone......the boys are looking happy with the new green stuff starting to grow...lets hope no more of the white stuff !!!.......Jayne

  2. I always liked Wee Eck best, great photo, but I love the sound of clever old dancing boy Gully.

  3. Dave - that would scare the animals! Robbie