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, 22 November 2015

Roger and the boys - and some snow.

Three of the boys were playing 'hunt the bunny' one day this week with Roger rabbit.  You'll need to magnify the first couple of photos but Roger is seen here in the middle of Faro, Fyta and Fidget.  Fergus was grazing at the bottom of the paddock - he's vegetarian!
Fidget and Faro have lost interest in the wee furry thing but Fyta still wants to get up close and personal.
Too late - Roger legs it out of the paddock!  Roger is almost a year old and sleeps under the car at the back door, under the trailer or somewhere close to the house.  He doesn't seem to mix with many of the other rabbits around, he's quite tolerant of humans and only makes enough damage in the garden so that the Grumpy Gardener isn't compelled to load up this Blunderbuss!  Wonder how Fyta would fancy some Whippet training?
On Thursday the temperature dropped and we had a dusting of snow.  Here are the boys, first thing in the morning after having eaten their hay and now looking for some haylage.
Winter means haylage for the boys and they do enjoy a handful, mornings and late afternoons. We've bought in a bag of sugar beet but we'll wait until the weather gets really wintry before starting on that.  We also penned the boys this week to check them over, give Faro his drench and to trim Fergus' and Fidget's nails.
Fidget - "Please sir, can I have some more hay - the bucket's empty?!"
And finally - lots of geese on the wing this week, mostly flying south ahead of the colder weather.  We saw 14 swans flying in an extended line, also heading south but there are many other smaller groups on the move too.

1 comment:

  1. Wow, snow already! Winter must truly be on its way! Those boys look to be enjoying their haylage!

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