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, 17 November 2013

New grass again

Not too much happening for 'pacas this week.  Having given them their Verm-X granules last week we decided to change paddocks this week.  After the usual running and jumping about with excitement at new grass the boys soon settled down to graze.  Fergus here enjoying the fresh paddock.
Now that the boys have moved into the top paddocks they are directly under the new house.   As normal, all the boys have their heads down except Faro the guard on the extreme right of the picture, who keeps an eye on the human's activities!
Gaucho on the left and Fyta
Rufus with Gully in the background
Fidget smiles for the camera!  All the boys have big eyes of course but Fidget's really stand out because his big , black eyes are surrounded by pink lids.
Down with the chickens now and they also had a change of hen-house for the winter. Hunkey Dunkey is in the middle here surrounded by his five hens as they all enjoy their daily Digestive biscuits (honestly - they love them!) The moulting has stopped now and their new feathers have come in just in time for the winter.  The chicken on the left with the upright tail is 10 years old now, fit as a fiddle and with excellent plumage.  We've noted over the years that when they moult, the chickens seem to be shy, hiding away as if they know that they don't look their best - Hunkey looked like he's been dragged through a hedge backwards!  Once their new feathers come in they are back to their perky selves though.
And finally.............4.40pm, Friday - sunset!  The sun had dropped behind the hills and this beautiful sunset started off bathing everywhere in a 'yellowy' colour.  By the time I'd got the camera, everything had gone pink!  The picture doesn't really do justice to the rolling, high altitude clouds reflecting the light.  Snow's coming this week - wrap up well!


  1. Hehe, I love how your chooks like digestives!! What a beautiful sunset, just so early! Glad the boys are enjoying their fresh grass :) Lisa

  2. We have the same chook configuration as you, Buster and his 5 girls but 2 of our old girls are silkies so although they lose feathers, they never really look bad as they retain their pretty fluffy ones!

    What a great view you and the boys now have of each other! Do you have the binoculars or do the boys?!!