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, 15 February 2015

Still eating

Fidget enjoying his morning haylage.  Some of the boys enjoy lying down like this whilst eating, even their feed from bowls, but some - like Faro, always stand.
A much better week weather-wise but Friday morning was misty.  The ground is slowly drying out now that the snow has gone.
Heads down and picking up the last of the haylage - Fergus (left) and Fyta.
Rufus really enjoys his haylage.  Although he's the oldest boy in the herd he is also quite timid. The boys have had their Verm-X granules in their feed this week which means that Gully tips his feed out onto the ground and tries to separate the granules from the rest of his feed!  Thats him standing behind Rufus.
And this is Rufus's pal - Wee Eck with Gully in the background.  Eck wasn't too keen on his haylage last winter, but this winter he has been gobbling it up.
A long range shot of the boys watching us coming down the track. I am carrying a small white container which they know will probably contain carrots - you can almost see the expectation!
And finally...............looks like Faro and Fyta are in shock, but they are actually chewing carrots some of which can still be seen on the ground.


  1. Is Gully trying to get rid of the Verm X or does he like them? Whichever, he's a clever boy! All looking well and, like us, I expect they're looking forward to Spring arriving soon!

    1. He definitely does not like the Verm X Judi, so we have to try and hide the granules in the feed - but he smells them and tips the lot onto the ground! Is it us or has blogging gone out of fashion? Obviously other forms of social media have taken over. Oldies rule, OK! Shirley & Robbie

  2. Try mixing in a little molasses. Our pacas love the stuff and would eat anything mixed with it. Grahem Ruilick Alpacas.