One managed to squeeze into the duck run and attack a duck. Duck’s alive and eating, but legs are all messed up. Hopefully they’ll be back to working soon. Possum took a lot of .22 to the torso and head. It’s good and dead, which is good.
Something pushed part of the fence down and took our smallest ewe lamb Lovely with it. There have been some teenaged black bears and whatnot running around. It’s hard to say what happened. We looked for any traces of her, but there was no sign on our land or the neighbors bordering us.
The rest of the girls are fine and boys were in a separate paddock. I’ll have to record her as a probable predation loss.
We’ve had a lot of health issues, and scaled our flock down. We have about a dozen total between girls and guys, plus a healthy wether in Zuko 4. The land can support them even if we don’t get around to eating the rams this year.
Preliminary plans are to shear in a couple of months. Should be interesting.
More Monday. It’s been a busy time with the flock these days.
This black badgerface ram lamb being petted by a mysterious stranger is Zuko IV, out of Brunhilde. She had him Sunday afternoon right before my eyes. She is going to be our first ewe cull for conformation defects, her teats are located in very poor positions for nursing lambs, equivalent to under the arms. Her little guy is cheerful and of hearty spirits, but totally unable to figure out suckling. He has the strength, but not the instinct. She was one of the unexpected lambings.
So was Ripley. Hers was sadder. She miscarried 8/4/16. (GRAPHIC FETUS PICTURE BELOW)
So we are at 15 lambs delivered of 9 ewes and 13 live lambs, of which one is currently a bottle lamb. 9 live males, 4 live females and sex indeterminate of the miscarriage. Still waiting on Toph and Katara to give us a sign they got pregnant. Nothing yet.
We got enough fencing in place to keep the yearling rams from roaming. And roam and roam they did, apparently in the wild it is normal for young unbred rams to find a little pasture away from the herd Rocky-style and train (via eating lots, the sheep version of lifting big and posting gains) to take down the Big Ram. So that is what Clovis and Zuko II were doing when they kept busting out of the fencing. But now they’re stuck in our roughly 4 acre pasture, until we can send them to freezer camp.
We met several neighbors, who were pretty cool about things and have really nice pastures, at that.
We are done with breeding for the next few years and will just focus on fiber. We will probably just eat and/or sell all the rams.
Shaft’s second breeding of the ewes has yielded the following lambs. We’ve named them all.
Goldie: boy/boy both moorits (Wolverine and Cyclops)
Badgerface: boy/girl, spotted girl (Faux Cow), moorit boy (Strop Boy)
Grey: surviving girl is solid moorit and named Newt
Black N Tan: boy/girl, both dark moorits (Dark is the boy and Lovely is the girl)
Azula: boy, moorit (Pedicure)
Dottie: boy/girl, like Badgerface, a moorit boy and spotted girl (Camo is the boy and Saddleback is the girl)
Lisa: boy/boy, black badgerface (Zuko 3, very similar coloring), and moorit (Gambit)
The fencing has been progressing and the sheep can get to almost everything within our property line. They are pretty happy.
Also, I saw a fawn today on the other side of the fence up the mountain.
The ewe who got sick with what was probably a very rapid E coli infection from being born in dirt is dead now. She had a seizure and it was over.
So no baker’s dozen for us. But we have a leaping, frolicking dozen lambs remaining, 8 boys, 4 girls.