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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Monday, 24 March 2014

New paddock

At the beginning of the week we let the boys into the new paddock.  It's on a slope, like all the ground around here, and the quality of the grass leaves a lot to be desired but the boys enjoy it.  Here they are checking out the new views. Gully is nearest to the camera.
Wee Eck (left) and Rufus climbing the slope with Fyta still down at the entrance gate behind.  We left the gates  open to all the paddocks so they could get used to the layout.  It's very muddy at the entranceway so we'll have to do something about that.
Any fresh grass is good news for Fergus!  Here he is at the top of the slope looking back over the older paddocks.  Our new house is behind him so he knows that he is closer to the supply of carrots!
At feed time the boys were in the new paddock and we called them back.  With a bit of enlargement you'll see them all running in a long line with Faro in the lead (naturally) and Fidget bringing up the rear.
And here they are for their feed, led by Faro.  Second is Fergus proving that even the 'bulkiest'  beastie can shift himself when food is on offer!
Now the fluffy boys take it easy.  They were lovely and dry at the beginning of the week but then we had a couple of days of driving rain and sleet so they ended up soaking wet again.
And finally............by Friday we had a dusting of snow everywhere with temperatures taking a plunge.  This photo was taken at 7.10 in the morning just as the wintry sun was rising and the boys were having some hayledge.  This is the first week they have used their new field shelter and there has been a lot of 'huffing and puffing' as they get used to the new space and who gets to lie in what corner.  Fidget came off worse and spent two nights outside until he found his new bed-space!

4 comments:

  1. It looks very cold up there Shirley but, hey, you can't beat a good frost to kill all those pests and the pacas don't seem to mind a bit of frost on their backs do they?!

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  2. Always a good tale of camelid life at Tigh Mhor!

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  3. Just loving the race for tea !! We've had no snow here .... where did you get that from ! Looks great that the boys can get so close to the new house and for all those carrots..... Jayne

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  4. Look at Fergus move!! I'm amazed he can remain so 'bulky' if he can move at that pace :D Lisa

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