More Monday. It’s been a busy time with the flock these days.
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.
This brings us to seven lambs from four ewes. Pictures to follow.
Goldie gave us two chocolate moorits in the morning and Badgerface gave us one chocolate spotted and one brown/white spotted a few minutes ago. So we’re at 4 lambs right now.
Goldie’s are probably boy/girl and I could not get close enough to sex Badgerface’s or get pictures of her night twins. I’ll have some up tomorrow though.
He weighed about 120 live, give or take a few pounds. So he was spot on. They’re putting weight on in the right places, even if it’s not as much as we’d like.
Now we’re just waiting for lambs next month, right around the time summer school gets fired up.
Now that we have two kids old enough to do the feeding and watering when they hit laying age, we’ve decided to do ducks again. We are doing ducklings again for the pure cuteness factor and also because it turns out to be nearly impossible to get 20-30 dollar a bird laying ducks. Cheaper isn’t cheaper if you can’t get it readily.
We didn’t get any cool colors, just went down to the feed store on Friday for a straight run of Khaki Campbells and Indian Runners, three of each. Straight run means no sexing was done, so we’ll see how many drake feathers we get. Last time we had 0 drakes on straight run, perhaps it will happen again.
In sheep news, Shaft is trying to get jiggy with all his daughters and may have succeeded with Ripley. But she weighs enough to handle a birth, so if it happens, well, that’s sheep for you. The other three lambs don’t weigh enough to conceive, and have speedy little legs.
The ewes are stripping the trees of bark even though the grass is not that dormant and they have plenty of hay available. This makes the trees look like they’re bleeding.
We’re going to journey into the world of giving minerals via bolus next week and do a very late, long delayed breeding then as well. We will probably do this one in Feb with the seven adult ewes and one with Shaft’s daughters in October or November. I think that’s just how it’ll have to be and then we can see how both Bucky’s and Shaft’s daughters produce before beginning the work of closing the herd.
It’s sunnier lately, we’ve been quiet because we went back and forth about whether to keep going with the sheep. We will, but probably go with things like the staggered breeding plan above.
Late summer lambs will be challenging, but Shaft was one and he turned out great.