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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Just a reminder that clicking on (most) of the photos will show them greatly enlarged.

Sunday, 26 April 2015

Penned again

We decided to pen the boys this week so that we could cut Fergus's twisted nails.  They weren't too keen to be herded into the pen at first for some reason as most times they go in quite easily.  Fidget is not into 'touchy-feely' handling methods except when he is penned and gets a neck rub - he loves that!  Here he is enjoying the moment, with Fergus then Fyta behind.
We wanted to give Faro a vitaminand mineral drench too whilst they were penned and he accepted that with no problems.  He is eating grass and hay okay but he has gone completely off his supplement at present.  Behind him in this photo is Fergus who has been arguing with the others - thus the open mouth tinged with the green stuff!
Fyta is a laid back Alpaca who does not often argue or get worked up about anything - except other alpacas' food!  The same can't be said of Fergus whose green tinged, open mouth can also be seen.
A quickly-taken shot of a Red Kite flying overhead - you may need to magnify to see the distinctive forked tail.  Our most common bird of prey locally is the Buzzard with occasional visits by a Sparrow Hawk and Kestrel but this Kite visits most days.  Hooded Crows are with us all the time and they do a pretty good job of prey hunting by chasing, harassing and killing small rabbits.
And finally............early in the week was shorts and T shirt weather, Friday got cold, Saturday was bitter and look what happened this afternoon!  If the boys are confused with this weather I'm not sure what the birds and plants must be thinking.  Take care. 

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