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, 2 September 2018

Changeover performance.

Faro (left) and Fyta spot the Grumpy Gardener pushing a barrow holding a rake and pitch fork near their field shelter and realise that something is afoot.  Faro in particular is very intelligent and knows all the moves that humans make and is quick to respond.
He leads the other boys, Fidget (left), Fyta and Fergus up to the field shelter where he knows that they are going to have a change of shelter and go into the one which has been unused for a couple of months.  The routine is: human removes the gates then alpacas dive into the shelter and roll about as if they have found a long lost friend!  This performance goes on every couple of months or so when shelters are changed over and is really funny to watch.
See what I mean!?  Fergus and Fyta are already rolling about with Fidget and Faro about to get involved too.
Now they are all having a great time, dust flying everywhere and Fyta (rear, right) jumping about in joy.  Happy days!
Shortly afterwards they follow the human to their old shelter which will get cleaned out.  They stay on the outside of the gates - watching!
It's been a tiring day so far, all this rolling about makes a boy just want to sunbath on a lovely day!  Fidget faces his belly to the sun for maximum effect, Fergus is ready to do the same whilst Faro and Fyta graze.  For most of this week the weather has been lovely and warm here.
And finally.............I mentioned in an earlier post that we have a great crop of various apples this year.  This is the dessert variety, 'Discovery' which do not store well so need to be eaten  - the boys will help out there!

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