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 March 2017

Another lovely week

When the weather is nice sometimes it's good to lie down and eat out of the bowl! Fyta, Fergus and Fidget all do this but we've yet to see Faro eating his feed whilst lying down.  When the feed is finished Fyta has a tendency to roll the dish over with his nose as if checking to see if there is any more!
Fidget has scoffed his feed and now hunts around the dish to see if he has dropped any morsels.  All the boys are well fleeced up now as can be seen in these photos.
Fergus gets his thick fleece checked.  The sun is beginning to rise in the sky and the temperature is on the up, so the boys are beginning to sunbathe more.
Faro does not have the heavy, thick fleece that the other boys have but his is a lovely colour.  We're very pleased with his eating regime these days as he clears his bowl every day now, such a turnaround after years of 'picky' eating.
We've had a lovely week of weather - the Grumpy Gardener has even been cutting the grass - and March isn't finished yet!  Only a slight dusting of snow on Ben Wyvis in the distance. The boys are taking it easy in the sun here with Fergus in the sand pit at the rear.
The cavalry has arrived in a neighbouring field!  Our neighbour Kerry has moved 'Blue' (left), Eric (middle) and Otis into this field to give their normal paddock a break and to recover, after winter.  In front of the barn in the background are two Tamworth pigs - gilts, who will shortly be introduced to 'Boysie' the resident boar! These guys are certainly a spectacle for inquisitive alpacas in the nearby paddocks!
And finally.................sunset on Friday, with the sky glowing in a variety of colours assuring us of a lovely day to follow on Saturday.

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