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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Sunday, 26 August 2012

Mucky boys and wasps.

We note from the various UK blogs that rain has featured widely during the past week.    We have had our fair share but I don't think as much as some parts have had.  We are always interested to discovered what the boys will do during rain - they always run to the shelters during heavy rain and often take cover when it is just wet and miserable.  Then during wet weather when we think they will be inside, they are grazing happily, absolutely soaked and dripping.  Perhaps this is to allow the rain to wash their coats occasionally, who knows?  One thing which invariably happens when they are wet though is that they will go and have a good roll in the shelter dust or a muddy patch.  I decided to take some photos of the 'mucky pups' and was met at the gate by Fergus, above who was pretty certain that the camera was carrot flavoured and would be worth eating!  Fergus's motto is, "If it looks interesting and doesn't run away  - it can be eaten!"
Muddy Fyta
Muddier Fidget - who is doing his own interpretation of 'Stomp' - or is it 'Riverdance?!'
Faro has been rolling in the dusty shelter
As has Rufus
Wee Eck just wants to show off his dentistry again - but he's also been rolling in the dust.
And finally...........it's been a 'waspish' sort of week.  We usually have 'wasp events' in the summer but it is normally Robbie who discovers their nests - just before being stung!   Earlier this week however I could feel something crawling up my leg under my trousers, between knee and thigh.  I hit it, obviously not hard enough because I then felt the sting and was surprised to see a wasp dropping onto the ground from under my trouser leg.  The wasp was immediately jumped upon as my leg started to swell beautifully.  It took a couple of days for the swelling and the heat to subside from the sting area.  Now we have discovered 3 different wasps nests in the ground around our land, all have been scrapped away, the nests destroyed although the wasps are still trying to rebuild them.   What could this be?  At first Robbie felt it might be a very big adventurous rabbit but I was not convinced and checked the internet - and there was the proof - a badger!  We do have a number of badgers in this area and apparently the animal is well known to seek out wasps nests, and destroy them as they feed on the larvae and young wasps.  Wow!  The photo above shows the remains of one nest (under a gooseberry bush!) and still with some irate wasps flying around.

4 comments:

  1. I'm still trying to work out the 'rain protocol'. that the alpacas use - as you say, sometimes they run for the shelter as rain comes on, and other times they just sit it out.

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  2. Yes, rain...our girls hate it but do enjoy a little drizzle when it's warm! They also try to give their fleeces that lived-in look afterwards! (Hope that badger has chased those horrid wasps to pastures new!)

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  3. Our girls also hate the rain, and the only time that they spend any time in it, is if it has rained for days on end and they eventually get bored inside. The Boys are not so fussy, especially when there are open girls about; wouldn't want to miss a mating opportunity whilst keeping dry! Luckily ours do like to stay fairly clean...we have a show in a couple of weeks, hope these aren't famous last words!!

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  4. Had to chuckle at your Mucky Boys!! Maybe it's to keep the flies or bees away?? Do they smell like a "wet dog" when they are wet? Maybe their fur is too dense to really get a good soaking? ...debbie

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