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, 16 March 2014

Visits in the wind

A busy week for the boys this week, some visitors, some nail clipping and the monthly Verm-X granules in the feed! Most of them have now inspected the inside of the new field shelter which we will start using in the coming week in conjunction with the new paddock.  Daren't let them into the new paddock to eat all that grass whilst on the Verm-X otherwise they wouldn't eat the latter!  Fidget, above, giving a toothy welcome with his pals behind him.
We had a welcome visit from Wendy and Paul of Woodleigh Lodge alpacas during a day which typified our weather this week - sunny but very windy!  The boys are getting the once over here with Paul feeding carrot to Fyta.
We had to see if Fyta would do his 'party piece' in the water tray for Wendy and Paul.  The trays have all been in storage during the winter but Fyta remembered straight away what it is used for! Fergus also loves the tray.
So with Fyta out of the way Fergus can take over, rubbing his neck in the water but only for so long before Gaucho takes a turn.
Today we had a flying visit from Louise and daughter Catriona, en route to Inverness for some retail therapy, all the way from Achiltibuie, near Ullapool on the west coast.  Fyta managed to mark time in the tray but was reluctant to have  a dunk in the cold wind - clever boy!  Hope the alpaca therapy was as good as the retail kind ladies, and trust that you will drop in past again and see us.
And thats all for this week folks..........finally! (Fergus)

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