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, 26 February 2017

Visitors - including Doris!

On a bitterly cold and windy day we had a lovely visit from Alison and Brendan of Seafield Alpacas in Portmahomack, Ross-shire.  For the boys, visitors = carrots and they were not disappointed.  Fergus gets his share here.
Fergus (closest), Fyta and Fidget all enjoy the carrots.  Sorry about the weather Alison, every time you come to see us we have to be wrapped up from head to feet!
Faro wants to get into carrot-chewing mode and stands in front of Fyta (left) and Fergus. The grass in the paddocks is well cropped by now, although there is plenty of it, the boys still enjoy alternative 'goodies.'
Dog alert - as soon as nearby dogs start to bark, the boys all focus on them, just in case they are a threat.
Mid-week, whilst storm Doris was creating a bit of chaos further south we had to deal with her snowy edges, plunging us back into winter routine.
"What?!"        Snow means sugar beat for the boys with Fergus and Fyta at the rear and Fidget getting his face covered as usual!
And finally................what are alpacas to do if the snow is covering all their grass, they've had their sugar beet and their buckets are full of hay and haylage - just go for a lie-down in the shelter!  We would like to mention Mike and Mary of Greenside Alpacas in Cumbria (www.greensidealpacas.co.uk) who have been most helpful in supplying us with Camelid Complete Feed which we cannot buy locally. Our boys love this feed, especially Faro whom many blog readers will know has been a source of concern for us over the years with his irregular feeding habit.  We've been feeding Camelid Complete Feed for over six months and he now eats it all and looks for more.  What a bonus - thank you Mike and Mary for all your efforts in getting the product to us in the snowy north!

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