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, 20 July 2014

Faro - and flies!

It was an eventful start to the week for Faro and the humans.  Following the report from Claire Whitehead at Camelid Veterinary Services Ltd and an initial visit the previous Friday from Douglas our local vet, Douglas returned on Monday for a more detailed examination.  This photo shows Faro in the middle and Gaucho on the right and the difference in the body mass is quite distinct. Faro has always been a thin boy but he has lost a bit of weight lately and his stools have been loose (looks like  dumplings!) giving the impression that food is not being digested properly.  He eats plenty of grass and hay but it is sometimes a struggle to get him to eat very much of his supplement, unlike most of the other boys. Douglas took a blood sample, got a fresh faecal sample, checked his teeth thoroughly and also took a scan of his internal organs.  The upshot is that with one result from the Edinburgh Vet Lab still awaited, nothing untoward is showing up!  The loose stools with the weight loss tell a different story so we will have a discussion with Douglas in the coming week once the Lab results are known.  Faro continues to look slightly sorry for himself and does appear to be lying down more than he used to, but no more than the other boys.  Thank you for all your messages of concern about him and we're watching him closely.
Here he is later in the week waiting with his pals at the gate into another paddock.  Gully is far left, then Wee Eck, Faro, Rufus and Fergus.
Fergus - waiting patiently at the gate.
When the gate is opened Faro charges off followed by Fergus, Fyta and Wee Eck.
Gaucho brings up the rear but he is in no hurry, just striding along in his own time!
Fidget likes to lie in the long grass at the edges of the paddock, it's probably cooler there and he nibbles the long stalks around him.  It also helps when there are all these flies and flying beasties around - none of the boys like them so we try to spray them now and again.
And finally.......... what are guys supposed to do when the heat builds up eh?  Gully (left) Rufus and Fyta hit the pit.


  1. Sorry to hear Faro is still not well. So frustrating when take the care all the tests done and are none the wiser as yet x

  2. Hope you get to the bottom of Faro's problem soon, it's such a worry when they're sick.

  3. Shirley, hope you soon find out what is wrong with Faro. It's such a worry when they get sick and we don't know why.

  4. Echoing all the above comments. Our older girls all tend to present stools more like hand grenades (or dumplings) rather than single pellets.