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, 31 May 2015

Alpacas? I see no alpacas!

There is a newcomer or two in the bottom paddock this week - sniffing the air knowing that there are different animals around but not able to see the boys  in the top paddocks.  This is Otis - more later.
Three boys in the sandpit - Fergus at the rear, Fidget (left) and Fyta.  Despite it having been another cold week, there were moments of sunshine when the boys like to get in the sand pit or do a bit of sun bathing.
Faro in the rear with Fergus.  The boys still have 4 weeks to go before shearing and with the cold winds blowing are glad of their thick coats.  The humans are still wearing thick winter jackets and woolly hats.
Fidget - not really chasing worms but enjoying some carrot slices!
And finally...................Eric the pony with Otis in front.  They belong to our neighbours and will be with us for a few weeks.  They are very friendly animals and enjoy helping to keep the Poop Recovery Vehicle (PRV) fully loaded on it's daily visit!  


  1. Your boys do keep their sand pit tidy...I'm sure ours would roll and spread it everywhere! Hope those ponies are as disciplined as alpacas in not spreading their poo around the field!

  2. We have seven Shetland ponies, who remind us how much kinder alpacas are on the land, fencing and poo collection!

  3. Do you have to replenish the sand very often as it gets kicked out?

    1. Very little sand actually gets displaced Dave - we used some left over sand earlier this year as a top up, first time in about 6 years! Shirley & Robbie