According to the last edition of Alpaca Magazine the largest group of BAS members have herds of less than 5 Alpacas. (260 out of 943). Which suggests that many owners are like ourselves, not really in the market for a mechanical poo picker. Until we win the lottery of course.
Over the last few weeks, with our boys arrival imminent, I've been trying to find out what people have found to be the best solution to manual poo picking.
The only active forum I could find is AlpacaNation, a US forum with some references to manual poo picking, but of course referring to US suppliers and brands - and no photos.
I liked the sound of a bamboo rake that is light and gathers the "beans" and doesn't wear out like the plastic rakes. However, I can't find said bamboo rakes in the UK, nor even the plastic version.
There is an equestrian manure rake and scoop, like this
I think the scoop may be a good solution, no bending down with a shovel, but the rake/scraper looks as though the beans would fall through.
Then I found this rake, which adjusts to be wider or narrower, and the handle extends or retracts for short a..es like me
Any advice much appreciated, Andy is threatening me with shovel.