Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Friday, April 23, 2010
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Poor Wally. There is also the problem of no available females. Don't even get me started on that. We are not amused at the idea of having more peafowl chicks and are determined to prevent Mrs. Dandy from hatching out any this year. It took us forever to get rid of....uh, I mean, find loving homes for the last batch. In fact, while loitering in the lighting department at Lowe's just the other day (picking out a lights for the studio), I ran into a friend who adopted a pair of the chicks from last summer. The first thing he said to me was that I had under-estimated exactly how many reminders they would be leaving on his porch every day. At least he's still speaking to us.
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
I'm very pleased with how things have gone this year. No big catastrophes (always a good thing) and, once again, an over 200% lamb crop. We have had 25 lambs out of 12 ewes (three sets of triplets, 2 singles and the rest twins). The boy/girl count is 12 ram lambs and 13 ewe lambs.
Hannah and her father, Tom
I don't often let my lambs go until they are several months old (with the exception of Graham Lamb, who went off to Sara's to achieve stardom and fame!). This year has been unusual because I have had several people wanting bottle babies. The past two years I had an abundance of bottle babies because I had several old ewes who had triplets and just could not feed that many lambs. This year I bred mostly young ewes and they've been doing a good job of raising their babies without my help. I did have one twin rejected and I made an executive decision to take one triplet from a first time mother who seemed just a little nervous about having so many mouths to feed. Those two babies stayed here until they were well established on the bottle and then went home with a young woman I met last year at the Kentucky Wool Festival in Falmouth. She's been waiting patiently all this time for some bottle babies to raise. Hannah and her father came last week to pick up the boy and girl and, from the reports I'm getting, it sounds as though she is doing a wonderful job with them.This afternoon, not only have two more babies left, but their mom went with them. Lindy's daughter, Mirian, decided that she wanted some lambs months ago and after talking it over, we decided that taking an adult ewe and her lambs might work out better than having bottle babies, especially since Mirian wanted to do all of the care and she will be in school for another six weeks or so. The ewe previously known as Tiny (and she's definitely not tiny anymore) is now named Pepper and she got the prize for having the cutest lambs of the year. Though it is difficult for me to sell my lambs at any age, I do feel good about the homes they are going to and I'm pretty sure I have visitation rights!
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Besides having the whole family here for Easter Sunday, we had a productive weekend in the lambing barn. There were four sets of twins and one set of triplets born. We now have 17 lambs on the ground......8 ewe lambs and 9 ram lambs. There will be a little break in the action now and then we should finish up with the last four ewes lambing next weekend.
Friday, April 2, 2010
This girl was snoozing in the shade of the shed, while I was helping clean up the newest set of twins (both boys) born yesterday afternoon. Her turn is coming in the next couple of days and I know it can't be too soon, as far as she is concerned.