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, 26 January 2020

Mite be a problem..........!

We were a bit concerned about a scab which had appeared on the inside of Fergus's left rear leg.  We suspected mites and arranged for the Vet to visit but Fergus (left) and Fyta don't look over excited about it!
Here are all 3 of the boys, penned and waiting for the Vet.  We usually pen all three to keep them calm then release two before working with the third.
Fergus wearing his halter, checking out the Vet's equipment for taking skin scrapings from his lower legs to identify the mites.  We put Fergus flat on the ground whilst doing this and he was well behaved during the procedure.  Treatment started two days later and will continue.
After the Vet's visit Fergus (front) was unconcerned as were Fyta and Faro.  Grazing re-commenced immediately.
A late afternoon photo of Fergus (left) and Faro taken mid week at the top of one of the sloping paddocks.
Today we changed the boys' field shelter and the one they have used for the last 6 weeks will now be cleaned and disinfected.  Here they are enjoying the replacement shelter.
And finally.......... the rhubarb is making an appearance once again, getting ready for Spring.  The fruit bushes are covered in buds too but Winter isn't over yet and we can expect frosts and maybe snow in the coming weeks.

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