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, 17 April 2016

Ughh - the taste of medicine!

Earlier in the week we decided to pen the boys and give them a drench.  As the catch pen gets organised the boys know that they will be herded in that direction shortly.  They know exactly where to go so penning them is not a problem.
Ughh - what a taste!  Fergus shows his dislike of the drench, his bottom lip droops and he starts to cough.
Fidget dislikes the taste just as much but knows exactly what to do - grab a mouthful of hay to neutralise it.
See?  Easy peasey when you know how.
Soon all the boys go for the hay routine and it does help them - they know this from spitting episodes.   Five minutes later they are nibbling grass again as if nothing had happened.
Later in the week we had a lovely visit from Alison and Brendan of Seafield Alpacas at Portmahomack in Ross- shire.  Here, Alison tries to keep Fergus supplied with carrots whilst the other boys have had their fill and wander off. This was a bitterly cold day with frequent sleet and hail showers.
And finally...............the week has been rounded off with a bit of very pleasant sunshine (and a cold wind) so Fyta immediately gets into sunbathing mode.  Fergus and Fidget are in the background whilst Faro does what he is good at and stands guard over his pals.


  1. Love Fergus's expression! We never get such a reaction....that drench must taste awful...what is it?

    Hope your sunshine is continuing...great for pacas as well as us humans!!

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  3. yes like camel, what ir this ..