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, 13 January 2013

Alpaca Avatar?

Not a very exciting week here being the first week of the new year, but plenty of tradesmen activity at the new house site.  We had reason to complain bitterly about the condition of the packaged haylage we received recently- it turned out to be very dark in colour, slimy to touch and smelling to high heaven!  Having previously complained about the product quality we got two free bales and these have turned out to be as bad.  As these bales come from the north of England via an animal feed contractor, we wondered whether the very wet weather in the south over the past months had anything to do with it.  Anyway, we've emailed the company and having dumped the two free bales will now get our haylage from another supplier. We've had a week of mixed weather and Gully pictured above has made full use of the muddy rolling space - even managing to get the underside of his chin messed up. 
Fergus, with Wee Eck and Rufus behind him and the hens in the background.   The boys had just had their supplement and Fergus likes to stand and wait to see if the human will produce some more for him! 
When the weather is bad sometimes, the best thing to do is hit the shelters and chill!  Fergus in front, Gaucho to the left and Fidget at the rear.
Thursday night was particularly frosty yet the boys stayed out only coming to the shelters for feed in the morning.  Wee Eck showing his breakfast 'frosties!'
Gully (rear) and Fyta turning up their noses at the offending haylage.
And finally..............no, not an Avatar,  just a view of Fergus from the rear!

1 comment:

  1. Slimy silage..yuk. They obviously don't know that alpacas will not be fobbed off with any old rubbish...and neither will their owners!