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, 12 February 2017

Cushy time in the pen

Uh-oh, time to go in the pen again.  We wanted to do a check over of the boys but in particular some nail trimming of the two white boys, Fergus and Fidget.  All the boys go in the pen at first.
Faro (left) and Fyta are released after a check over.  Fyta is usually quite calm in the pen but Faro gets restless so better that he is outside - as an observer!
Fergus has had his nails clipped and he's been very good - all 8 nails clipped this time! Fidget on the other hand immediately 'cushes' as soon as he realises we are going to touch his feet. We've tried him with the head collar on and without wearing a collar but he still cushes.  Faro is outside the pen and probably encouraging him!
We spend quite some time stroking his legs trying to de-sensitise these areas but it doesn't work and we give up eventually.  Nail clipping is acknowledged to be a difficult procedure if the animal cushes so we will spend some time with him just stroking his legs.  For years we had no problems clipping his nails then for some reason Fidget has decided he does not like it.  Fergus is still in the pen with him, supposedly to keep Fidget company but a spitting match starts.
And this is the result - not a happy bunny wearing a smile but an alpaca with a green mouth who has been spitting!
And finally................'Cupcake' watching all the shenanigans going on in the nearby pen - he doesn't look too impressed!

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