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, 7 September 2014

Ballet, coos and apples!

Don't try this at home!  Looking like he is practicing his 'Swan Lake' ballet moves Fyta gets at an itch on his back.  These guys can contort and reach places other animals can't!
We moved the boys into the bottom paddocks this week so there was much  'deep joy' and jumping around on the new grass.  The chickens have gone from the adjoining hen run now having been re-homed a couple of weeks ago.  Wendy of Woodleigh Lodge Alpacas who now has Dunkey and the other chickens reports that they have settled down well and giving her sufficient eggs for her endless baking!
A couple of bruisers at feed time, hoping for some more!  Gaucho is on the left with Fergus.
Rufus in front with Wee Eck just behind him.
And just for Judi at LGM - Faro in front of his pals. No great change in Faro Judi, still depositing 'dumplings' even though we recently tried a pro-biotic to see if that would settle his 'movements', but not so far.
These Highland ladies and their calves are next door to us in the neighbouring farm and attract the attention of alpacas and passing tourists alike.  For such big beasts these Highland mothers are very attentive towards their off-spring, continually licking and preening them.
And finally................some Autumn colours.  Last year after we moved house we planted some new apple trees as the Tigh Mhor orchard is some distance away.  This tree is a Norfolk Royal (M26 strain) and has done very well in it's first year.  Tigh Mhor has still not sold, the property market is still depressed here - anybody looking to move to the Highlands?

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