Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Curly Sue

We had another lamb born today. And we now have a rainbow of fruit flavors in our flock! From 2 all white lambs, Marcie and Gabriel, to an all black lamb, Damien - to our typical black and white spotted lambs. We now have a brown and white lamb. Her name is Curly Sue, and her mom is Marcia (not to be confused with Marcie)

Here she is with her mom, Marcia, and being investigated by one of our all white ewe lambs (who is 10 months old), Angel

Born today, sweet little Curly Sue. Isn't she adorable? And what lovely colors!

To see the contrast on how light she is compared to our normal lambs, She's seen here near Veronica (who is nearly all white, but has some spots up front) and Peppermint Patty, who is almost all black. Marcie is in the very front of the shot, one of our all white ones.

We had a slight mystery this past weekend. I went to the barn to play with the sheep. I can't help it. I picked up Damien, who was only 2 days old, and noticed what looked like blood on his neck. Further investigation showed some skin that had torn away from his neck, and something attached - I couldn't tell if it was an abcess, or , ugh, some sort of bug who laid eggs. But he was only 2 days old and it's the middle of winter, how could it be bugs? And how did he get an infection? So we called the vet. She found out it was a stray TOOTH in his neck! She quickly removed it and put him back together. How weird!

And here is a picture of Pinky, truly our barn cat. She rarely leaves the tack room, sleeps on a heated pad, but there isn't a mouse to be seen in the barn! Good job, Pinky. She is very affectionate, and if you go in and say hi, she'll say hi back, sit on your lap, and try to chew your chin.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Another little lamby

Gertude had her lamb tonight. It's our first all black one. I named him Damien.

Of course, Larry pointed out that our first all-white ewe was named Angel

And Damien is currently sharing a stall with Jan's lamb, Gabriel

But hey, sometimes I'm not very creative with names, so Damien it is.

And since I was in the barn, taking pictures, Marlow decided to get in my way....

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

More lambs and the Facts of Life (aka unfortunate reality of raising animals)

Laverne gave birth to twin ewes today - here we have Veronica (against the wall) and Cottontail

Here is another picture of Cottontail and Veronica, with their mom, Laverne.

Jan gave birth to a single ram lamb, Gabriel. Apparently, Jan is prone to giving birth to all white lambs! He does have a light brown spot, like Marcia, on the other side of his face.

This is little Peter - who always thinks I have milk when I come and visit. He stands between my legs and licks at my pants. Good thing Lucy is a mellow mom, she doesn't seem to mind.

and these are our faithful guard dogs, who have to keep a vigil eye over those new lambs. but doesn't it look more like they are guarding the hay right now?

And now for the unfortunate news... things happen. it's a farm. We're generally very lucky - even on days when we are home, we can't be everywhere at once. We've lost turkeys by drowning in the sheep tank, chickens to skunks, grown ewes to copper poisoning from getting into the chicken food. Today we lost a lamb. it's never happened to us, and it's very upsetting. So we said goodbye to Flopsy today.

Monday, January 11, 2010

More Lambs

Here are some picture updates of our newest lambs... And Marlow - just so you can see how big our silly steer is getting.

This is momma Shirley and her two lambs she dropped today. The white one is Marcie, the black and white one is Peppermint Patty. Though, I didn't get a chance to go in the stall and check their sex myself, Larry said he thought it was a girl. I guess that's fitting - since Marcie always called Peppermint Patty "sir", maybe some gender bending on her/his name is OK in this case. The name fits, with the black top, black legs and the white stripe down the middle - Peppermint Patty it is!

Here's Marcie, who has a brown spot on her face in front of her ear. She's so cute! That's fat Alice behind her, not her mom, but who will probably be lambing soon, too.

Here's a close up shot of Peter, Lucy's little lamb from yesterday. Now all I need is a Cottontail, and Flopsy, Mopsy and Peter will all make sense.

Here's momma Lucy with her little Peter. It's a good thing the dogs didn't get involved this year. Last year, Atlas "adopted" Lucy's little orphan Annie, and we had to bottle feed her and convince mom to take her back!

We're expecting more tomorrow. And for the sake of Alice, Jan, Laverne, Cindy, Marcia and Gertrude, I hope they come soon - some of those ewes look about to burst! It's possible, if Peppermint Patty turns out to be a ram, or if Laverne has a ram, we may keep a ram this time around!

Saturday, January 9, 2010

New Lambs!

Happy New Year to us! The ewes are starting to drop lambs. Daphne gave us twin ewe lambs this morning, Flopsy and Mopsy. I also know that Shirley, Laverne, Jan, Marcia and Lucy look like they will be close behind her. Lambing season is here!

What's all the kurfuffle? Shaggy (5 months) and Trouble (10 months) come over to see what all the fuss is about

Here's Daphne with her new little ones - Mopsy (the mostly black one) and Flopsy. We separated her for the morning so she could eat some extra hay and oats, without being bothered, and it gave us some time to make sure both lambs could figure out how to nurse (and that mom would stand still and let them!)

Here's little Flopsy getting a drink from mom

And here is Mopsy - thinking she wants to try out some hay!

And this is not a lamb. This is Klondike, our old kitty that was declawed. She might have been a good mouser, if she hadn't been declawed. She's really no good as a farm cat as a result, but she's a nice lap warmer inside.