Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Monday, March 29, 2010
The alpaca count has also risen to four. Friday I hooked up the livestock trailer and drove to Lindy's (click the link on the side bar to see some of Lindy's beautiful farm and animals) to pick up our newest addition to our little herd of fiber boys. This boy's fancy name is Flashpoint and he has gorgeous fiber and a sweet disposition.
Edited to add: Anyone else having trouble with Blogger today? I had links to the above references and tried many times to make sure they were exactly as they should be, but Blogger would not let them work. It also would not let me post pictures, but I went through Firefox to get that done. I'm ready to have a melt-down here! It is difficult enough for someone like me to even get a blog post done, but when things don't work as they should...then I'm lost!
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Friday, March 19, 2010
I spent several hours hanging out around the barn after I finished the morning feeding routine. I set up a table in the barn aisle, got out my dye equipment and got two batches of roving started. I've done laundry and hung it outside in the sunshine (is there anything better than sun dried, sweet smelling laundry?) and have just now put my first ever CVM fleece in to soak. I've already decided we are having stir-fry for dinner and don't have to think about that anymore til it's time to prepare it. So, I think that's a pretty good start to my day!one of the banty hens working on her tan
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
It's difficult to judge body condition when the sheep are in full fleece, so the first thing I look for is whether the ewes are in good shape and have been getting enough nutrition. I will say that we rarely have an animal who does not give their best effort at mealtime. Everyone on this farm seems to have a good appetite, and that includes the people :-) All the pregnant girls look to be about right and the yearlings (those silly teenage girls) are growing into a nice looking bunch of ewes. The first morning out of the barn after they were shorn, the yearlings really kicked up their heels. They ran, they jumped, they butted heads! So silly and so much fun to watch. I know they are healthy when they have the energy for that. The "ladies in waiting" didn't do any jumping or running, but did seem to step a little livelier. Losing 10-12 pounds in just a few minutes will do that, I guess! With all that wool gone, it is really obvious that we will be having lambs very soon. The lambing pens are set up, my supplies are gathered and now we wait.
Friday, March 12, 2010
The pregnant ewes are looking like they need a "wide load" sign attached to their backsides and several of them have big milk bags, so very soon I should be able to put some sweet lamb pictures on here.
Monday, March 8, 2010
I left this roving in the dye pot to cool overnight and couldn't wait to hang it out to dry this morning. Before I even finished draping it on the line, some of my honey bees showed up!. I guess they were hoping it was a big bunch of flowers blooming. They're as desperate for color right now as I am!