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, 15 January 2017

Fun in the snow.

We've had a covering of snow for most of this week, not massive amounts, but enough to disrupt the normal routines. From the left, Fidget, Fyta and Fergus keep an eye on neighbourhood dogs.
Faro (left) and Fergus get up close and personal when swede is on offer.  The lack of grass means that the boys are always on the lookout for tit-bits.
Fyta in front with Fergus behind.  The boys don't mind the snow at all but the fact that they have no green stuff to nible means they get a bit bored when they can't graze.
As the week wore on the snow got a bit thicker on the ground so the grumpy gardener had to swop spade for a snow shovel!
We find that by clearing a few 'lanes' across the paddocks and clearing an area of snow, this keeps the boys interested.  They really enjoy the grass even though it must be freezing cold so they probably get fed up with just hay and haylage to eat!
We also feed them sugar beet pellets soaked in water when we get a snow covering - again, it gives them something interesting to eat when there is no grass.
And finally..............Fyta showing off his new facial look after having his mouth in the bowl of sugar beet!

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