Sunday, July 17, 2011

Lambs to Processing

We have a big crop of lambs this year, and the first six made their way to the meat locker. I always hate saying goodbye, but these boys were ready to go. They were starting to harass the ewes.  It's been raining a lot, so I didn't get a chance to take pictures of them in the field, but with such a great crop of horns, I had to get one last picture of these guys.  Here they are in the sheep transport system.

 Comet (whose little spot on his forehead went away as his horns grew in)

 Bumble - not horns on this guy and he was soooo friendly. I hated to see him go.
 Rudolph - Rudy was born with little nubs of horns, look at those suckers! What a handsome boy!
 Hermey and Cupid. These two wouldn't cooperate for pictures. Stinkers.

Bye guys! Off to your final destiny!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Goodbye Veronica

Yesterday, 3 sheep jumped the fence into the chicken enclosure, and apparently got stuck there all day while we were at the farmer's market. They probably ate all the chicken feed, and drank all the water (one got knocked over) and then they didn't jump back out. So they were stuck out there with little water, and little shade all day. I got them out, and they went straight to the barn and stayed there. This morning, Larry found Veronica dead by the barn. The other two, Peppermint Patty and Fat Cindy don't look very well. We tubed Cindy to relieve some of the pressure, and we will likely need to do it again. Neither of them are eating or drinking, which is a bad sign. Peppermint Patty ran away from us, and if she could run the way she did, she might be ok. But we are keeping an eye on both of them. I'm happy to tube them if it will save their lives.

Veronica was one of Laverne's ewe lambs. And have I ever mentioned that Laverne was one of our first and favorite sheep?  She gave us Betty and Veronica. Thankfully we still have Betty, so there is a legacy of Laverne, but I had high hopes for Veronica. Veronica had similar markings to Laverne - very tiny spots all over. none of our other sheep look like that. Betty got two BIG spots, she doesn't really look a lot like her mom, but Veronica did.

Larry is taking her to dispose of her as I type this. She was a very little girl, just barely over a year old. I would hate to lose her. I hate to lose all my sheep. I really hope we can save the other two.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Friend Bird

So Friend Bird had her chickies, and here is an updated picture.
(here they are the day we found them, newly hatched)

Here are Friend Bird and her babies today. We moved them to the barn, but the chicks are big enough to hop up the step out of the barn. we make sure that all three and momma are back in the barn at night.

 We also got a pair of Welsh Harlequin ducks. Here they are in the brooder in the barn. They have since been moved outside with the Khaki Campbells, and all are well outside. They huddle together in their tent at night, and all have been enjoying the extra water from the ditch, as it has formed a swamp in the garden. We provided them with a baby pool but they seem to enjoy the large puddles and streams from the water coming off the ditch.