OUR SMALL HERD

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.

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Sunday, 24 September 2017

Fidget's feet

It's not often that we get a good photo of Fidget, he's either grinning or frowning so we were pleased to get this one with a 'busy' sky behind him.
The boys were sheared at the end of June at which time their nails were clipped, but the white boys Fergus and Fidget, now need their nails clipped again.  So yesterday, first thing, they were penned. As normal Fidget goes to ground as soon as he realises we are going to touch his feet.  We put on his head collar so he is easier handled, but he is not for getting up on his feet.  Fyta watches on.
We always let Faro out of the catch pen first because he is nervous and gets the others upset whilst we do the jobs we have to do.  Fyta (left) and Fergus watch what is going on and Faro waits outside!
Eventually we open the catch pen and allow Fidget into a bigger, enclosed area and this confuses him for a bit during which time Robbie manages to get his nails trimmed whilst he is standing!
He's a big baby really and loves having his neck stroked!  Once the nail clipping is completed he is perfectly happy and wanders off with the others.
Fergus had his nails trimmed too and resorted to the normal huffing and puffing until he got used to what was happening.  Here he and Fyta are waiting for Fidget's feet saga to be over so that they can get back into the paddock!
We've had mixture of sun and rain all week and this shot was taken on a particularly warm day earlier in the week.
And finally.................... a Red Admiral (who refused to open his wings regardless of how many photos were taken!) and two Bumble Bees enjoying the sunshine whilst feeding on a Liatris plant.

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