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, 3 August 2014

Blowing hot and cold.

We've gone from roasting hot days this week to very cold days and we were even persuaded to light the log burner in the kitchen yesterday evening.  Like everyone else in the north we have had lots of rain and wind during the last two days then periods of really warm sunshine when the boys just get into sun bathing mode. A few photos from early mornings and this one shows Gaucho in front, Gully making faces in the middle and Fidget at the rear.
Wee Eck getting up close.  He doesn't like being touched or stroked but he enjoys coming up and smelling the human's hair or hands.
The early morning graze with all heads down - except Faro of course on the extreme right who remains alert.  We finished giving Faro his 10 days course of antibiotics but so far are seeing no difference in the state of his soft faeces.  He continues to eat plenty of grass and hay and is eating a half measure of supplement so we're happy with that for now.  We'll try some probiotic later in the week to see if that will help the microbes in his gut to function better, but  there are conflicting views on the efficacy of this treatment. 
There is always a straggler when the herd is on the move - and it's often Gully.  Here he is catching up with the rest of the boys as the go to another paddock.
About 6 months ago we gave an alpaca talk to the Beauly Senior Citizens Club and they expressed a wish to visit the boys "when the weather gets better!"  True to their word 24 of the ladies arranged to visit us whilst they were out and about on a bus run on Friday.   Unfortunately it was a very rainy day but a good time was had by all.  Many thanks for the gifts of carrots and apples for the boys ladies, and they continue to enjoy them every day since your visit.
Down in the chicken compound Hunkey Dunkey and his hens continue to enjoy their summer.  
And finally..........all this wet weather with sunny intervals is doing wonders for the Gunnera  plant which still continues to thrive in a normally dry part of the garden.

1 comment:

  1. Shirley, lucky you having some rain to keep everything looking green! We just don't get what is forecast...goes all black, light shower comes, sun comes out and everything remains parched! Please send us a few rain clouds that mean business!

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