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, 2 December 2012

You can't beat the beet!

Gully, our blue eyed boy with the pursed lips!  Looking suitably muddy he knows that  there is something new for mid morning break - sugar beet.  The boys are eating lots of haylage, hay and turnips in the frosty weather so time for their winter daily top up of beet.
Fyta gets his head right into the bowl.
Gaucho showing the dark line of fleece he has running along his neck and back - reminds us of Rhodesian Ridgebacks!
And Faro back in rude good health after his ailment a few weeks ago, and eating like a horse (can an alpaca eat like a horse?)  He really is eating well now after his B12 and multivitamin mineral injections and scoffs all his daily bowl of supplements.
Wee Eck - scruffbag!  Loves to roll in the dusty shelter when he is wet to get a thick coating of mud on his fleece.  He is really enjoying his beet.
Rufus enjoying his bowlful.  The new garage is on the left in the background with the new house next to it.  Still lots of work to do but the build is progressing well.
And finally..........'the proof of the pudding' as the saying goes with 8 empty bowls - but just in case there is a morsel left, Fyta does the round of them all to give them a final lick out!


  1. I love how Fyta has to check the bowls for leftovers. Do the boys eat from their bowls nicely? I have one who insists on checking what everyone else has before she eats her own. This means that I walk in a mist of spit to place the bowls, as everyone sees her off! :) Lisa

  2. If this were Facebook, I'd tick 'like'!

  3. Gosh the house and garage seem to have come along at great speed. They look fantastic and what a position!

  4. Glad that you have found a workaround with the photos! Your new house looks lovely and you will still have great views. Hope the build process not too stressful?