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, 28 May 2017

Early morning photos

All the photos this week were taken before 8.00am when the sun was just beginning to get itself going and aiming to be really hot for the rest of the day.  Fergus on the rolling spot here.
Faro is the most active of the 4 boys, always grazing, often when the others are at rest. We forget that at this time of the year the birds start singing just after 3.00am, it is already quite light and the boys are often grazing then, so need a bit of a lie down later.  As we get into June there will be very little darkness some nights.
Fyta boy has spotted Cupcake the cat in another paddock so decides to keep an eye on him.  The cat is not overly concerned by the boys, but they are still wary of the cat!
Fidget near the gate, has also spotted the cat.  Cupcake tends to follow Robbie around the paddocks in the morning as he does his cleaning, watering and hay duties so the boys are used to the cat being around.
Thursday, Friday and Saturday mornings were particularly hot and the boys gathered around the hose and the water cans hoping to get sprayed. We had temperatures of 28/29 degrees on these days, very hot for this time of year in this part of the world.
This is Fidget getting his underside watered.  The boys all love this and would stand there all day getting hosed.  They have their water trays and water troughs in the paddocks but the water does tend to get warm in the sun so has to be refreshed a couple of times a day - at least!
And finally................looking like 'butter wouldn't melt' as always, Cupcake takes a break from teasing the boys and has a snooze in the sun under the Gunnera leaves.

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