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, 3 April 2016

Creatures of habit.

Frosty nights earlier in the week again and this first series of shots were taken first thing in the morning when the frost had not yet melted.  Fidget is nearest the camera here and you can see the melted patch underneath him on the ground where he has lain during the night. We tend to keep the boys in two large paddocks overnight so that they are closer to the field shelters but open a gate in the morning which allows them to go into the rough paddocks.  They know the procedure and stand and wait for the human to arrive which is what they are doing here. They return to the overnight paddocks by themselves before evening.
The gate is now open with Fyta nearest the camera, Faro and Fergus going through and Fyta deciding to give the photographer a cheesy grin on the way past!
The procedure is still the same here as human, followed by Faro, Fergus, Fyta and Fidget (at the back!) walk towards gate number 2 in an extended line.
For an alpaca who doesn't like cameras, Faro is doing very well here as he waits for the gate to be opened.
We normally give the boys their daily supplement feed around 3.00pm and from around 2.00pm onwards they congregate in the top paddock where we feed them.  No need for these guys to have anyone tell them the time, they seem to know it instinctively. 
Fidget doing his camel impression, not at the human but at Fergus who had wandered too close to Fidget's bowl!  The Grumpy Gardener's new veg plots can be seen in the background together with a couple of new flower/plant beds which he's been slaving to complete before the growing season gets under way.
And finally............... the Bog Myrtle (Myrica Gale) bush now covered with brownish coloured catkins.

1 comment:

  1. Oooh, it look very frosty up in your neck of the woods although that bog myrtle suggests that Spring has arrived!

    Those veggie plots are looking very spic and span!