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, 23 July 2011

Sunset & halters

At the end of a long day there is nothing the boys like better than to lie down and watch a lovely sunset - nothing as strenuous as 'roamin in the gloamin' for these fellas!    Gully (left) has settled down next to Fergus, which he often does.  Fergus does not mind Gully lying next to him, but he won't put up with Wee Eck, our black boy coming anywhere near him!
Gully and Fergus again with Gaucho lying further away from them and Rufus in the foreground.
Fergus likes his neck rubs, but Gully isn't into that - unless he's in the catch pen!  Fyta has appeared, always the nosey one trying to find out what is going on - and if there is any food about!   Sometimes Fyta will tolerate neck rubs, but just as often he walks away.
We also put the boys into the catch pen this week so that we could check them over and put their halters on.  I put some Neem cream on a couple of bald spots on Wee Eck's ankles and also on Gully's ears which are much furrier than they were but still need some occasional cream.  The flies have been a menace again for the boys this week but the awful smell of Neem does help to keep them away.  Here are Gaucho (right), Rufus (middle) and Wee Eck at the rear, waiting to be haltered.
And finally......Gully, haltered and ready for walkies.  He walked quite well, as they all did but Fidget as always did not like having the halter put on.  He's OK when it's on it's just getting it over his nose which he does not like - obviously a sensitive area for him.  More practice needed by humans in this procedure I think!!


  1. The flies have been a real pest this year ! The boys are looking very happy .....watching the sunset !.......Jayne

  2. Surely if someone names you Fidget...you have to live up to your name...he looks lovely in his posh halter;)