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.

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Saturday, 2 April 2011

Drookit!

March went out as it came in - with a gale and plenty of rain.  In fact we've had a real mixture of weather in the last week from warm sun, gales, rain and last night a dusting of the cold white stuff reappeared on the hills.  All 4 of our field shelters for the boys are permanently open and they choose when they want shelter.  Sometimes they will be out grazing in the pouring rain and think nothing of it then sometimes it will start to rain and they all run in, in a long line.  Hailstones have them running for cover every time!  Here are Fyta (left) and Fergus having put up with lots of rain deciding that they will take a bit of shelter and chew the cud!
Standing in the rain and looking suitably 'drookit' are Gaucho (left), Gully (centre) and Faro who has bent down and flicked up his tail in recognition.  The water has built up at the bottom of the paddock again but the temporary fencing is keeping the boys out of most of it. 
Faro with his tail flicked up again, the only boy to do this.  He does not like the camera being pointed at him, unlike Gully (left) who will pose all day!  Rufus and Wee Eck are in the background.
And after all the rain comes a little bit of sun and Fyta takes advantage of it.  Shortly he will start to sunbathe, lying on his side with his belly facing the sun.  Rufus is grazing behind him.  We're going to put the boys in the other two paddocks next week which will be a pleasant change of grass for them. They've started looking over the fence and humming, so they obviously want a change! They will also have daily Verm-X granules mixed with their food all next week and we'll do a Vet lab check of their poo later in the month.  Deep joy!

6 comments:

  1. They're probably confused by the wretched weather as we all are. I'm sure the poor fellows don't like hail!! I'm sure it stings when it hits! lol What does the tail flick mean? How come the others don't do it? We are having one of those silly days today. We're having sun, rain and little snow...Its 47 degrees! ...debbie

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  2. We are also experiencing all kinds of weather...storms last night and sunshine this afternoon...I have to say; ours are wimps where rain is concerned, it usually has them running for the shelters!

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  3. You need sub-titles for us English !...thankfully I know what you mean ! Its been a bit 'dreek' here as well....(spelling excused if its wrong!) Roll on the Spring the Daffodils are making an appearance.....here !...which is always nice......Jayne

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  4. Debbie - the tail flick appears to be a sign of recognision, some pople think it is 'submission', but we think it's the former. Not all alpacas do it, but we think as Faro is the 'guard' that his tail signals can be read by the others.

    Jayne - it's pretty dreich here too!!!

    Take care all. Shirley & Robbie

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  5. I've noticed in our girls the raised tale as a response to aggression, and it seems to me to be one of defiance - I wonder if it differs between male and female?

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  6. Our leading boy Fin does this in greeting. He runs towards you , all excited - tail up , head down and making little noises.

    Shelter use is on the increase, we get quite windy here and I think the wind-chill is quite a factor if its wet too. Always one gets the job of sitting outside and keeping an eye open though

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