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, 18 January 2015

It's winter after all!

It never rains but it pours, if you get my drift.............!  After the hurricane like winds last week, Mon and Tue were very wet with lots of sleet and flooding all around.  Then Wed at 8.00 am it was all change for a dumping of snow. Once the footpaths were cleared it was time for the boys to get dug out.
They much prefer this sort of weather to the sleet and rain, and they know they will get extra feed because the grass is covered!
We always try to help a little by clearing snow from in front of their shelters.  The snow is also a great excuse for them to totally mess up the inside of their shelters.
Haylage goes down well with all the boys.  We clear a big circle on the ground and lay out 8 bundles of it which they scoff quite quickly.  At present they are getting haylage twice a day with hay being topped up when required.  They do need water too of course as it must be pretty hard eating just hay and haylage. 
And when there is snow on the ground the bowls of sugar beet are dispensed  at 1000am.  I wish we could have got a photo of all the boys with their black mouths after eating beet!  This is Fidget.
This is Fyta getting up to pranks again.  If he fancies another boy's food after his own, he doesn't argue or barge in - he just picks up the bowl and walks off with it!   Gaucho is the loser here.  Rufus and Fergus are in the background.
And finally..........we found our 'alpaca crossing' sign which has been hanging at the top of the drive for years.   Last week's wind put paid to it and this is all thats left. Unfortunately the grumpy gardener has been suffering from  a bad case of man flu sine Thursday so we're praying that we don't get too much more snow before he's better.  The forecast is for a very cold week ahead - so wrap up, keep warm.


  1. We are having to get in more hay for the Ruilick Alpacas as the stack is going down far too fast. Also I have been making them a warm maolases tea each day which they go mad for (spoilt) lol. -5 already up here and it's still daylight.

    1. Hi Kirstie & Graham, Hope you're not spoiling those beasties too much! Certainly is 'parky' outside but at least the animals are drier than they were early last week. Keep up the tea making! Hope the kids are well. Shirley & Robbie