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, 16 September 2018

Grub up!

The boys get their feed supplement around 3.00pm daily, it's been that way for around 11 years so they are well used to the routine.  Any time from around 2.00pm onwards they start to gather in the paddock in which they get fed with Fergus in particular keeping any eye out to see if any humans are approaching with a basket! They are in the middle of the picture, behind the gates and beyond 'the orchard.'
And this is the normal welcoming party for the humans at the gate! They get fed in the same order, Fidget first ( right), Fergus second (left) then normally Fyta next (middle) and Faro last (rear.)  The boys know the feeding order too!
Each boy has a bowl containing the feed (Complete Alpaca Feed) to which we add Verm X granules for worm control, for a whole week on a monthly basis.
Fidget (front) and Fergus (rear).  Fidget always looks for a little more feed when his bowl is empty, staring intently at the human - and he has always been like this since we first saw him as a cria at Ardo Alpacas.
Fyta giving one of his 'butter wouldn't melt' looks although he is a mischievous and playful boy, especially with his pal, Faro.
Faro, always slightly aloof and alert.  It's been a cooler week for Faro and his pals as Autumn is now really with us.  It's been windy with a little rain and we are beginning to see the leaves change colour now.
And finally.....................aren't friends wonderful?  Claire and Mike visited this week and Claire presented me with this beautiful cushion which she had made.  Thank you Claire, it's lovely.

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