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, 15 July 2012

It was 0830hrs yesterday on a cold summer morning when Robbie started his  round of 'things to do' in the paddocks.   The boys had decided on a long lie as the weather wasn't too favourable and here are the first five: Fergus and Gully at the back, Wee Eck in the middle and Gaucho and Faro at the front.  Hay buckets empty and tossed aside and quite a bit of 'mucking out' to do - typical!  Usually Faro is up on his feet as soon as someone approaches, but he was obviously too comfortable to move.
Next door in the other shelter is Fidget (rear), Rufus and Fyta at the front.  Hay buckets emptied and moved of course, but none of the boys keen to get up and going.  We've had heavy downpours again this week and sunshine has been in short supply - wonder when this season's hay fields will be ready for cutting?  Will it be more expensive and will it be in short supply?
As the poop patrol gets into full swing, the boys start to emerge - this is Gully left and his pal Gaucho.
Gaucho again with the veg garden behind him and Tigh Mhor in the background.
Rufus looking quite spruce for first thing in the morning.
Morning ablutions and Fyta gets stuck into brushing his teeth!
And finally.............Hunkey Dunkey at the rear with two of his old hens, 'Tiddles' on the left and 'Delila' both of whom are nine years old.


  1. Those boys certainly have a great life...they will be flossing next!

  2. Nine years old?!! I had no idea chickens lived that long. Love their names. How is the new house coming along?? What are you going to do with your old house? Rent it? OOOR, give it to the boys to live in luxury the rest of their days!! lol heat and air!! Refrig full of beets...aaaah wouldn't they love THAT!! lol...debbie