Shetland Sheep: Rich in History, Rich in Textiles

Shetland Sheep: Rich in History, Rich in Textiles! Our farm mission is to enjoy and promote the wonderful diversity of the Shetland breed by fully utilizing to the best of our ability all they have to offer historically. We believe the best preservation and management of this breed includes it's full spectrum of history. We encourage old and new shepherds alike to join in the fun by engaging in fiber arts, especially spinning and knitting, as this breed is so intimately linked with those aspects of the arts.

Monday, August 3, 2009


This little ram will be put with our main breeding group this year. He has a fleece I never thought I'd find and am very excited about. Of course, being a lamb, the fleece is very soft and fine. When he is grown, I expect his fleece will be longish and wavy, almost beaver-like, maybe double coated. The fiber is already several inches long. I'm looking for strong yarn that won't pill quickly, and make great socks! His horns are beautiful, and his expression is soft and bright. Conformation is great with a nice top line! He was really wild when we bought him, almost jumping out of the pen the first day!! If you look closely, you can see a top rail on the fence added in haste to keep him in. Within a few days, he lost all his fear and fell right into routine, thanks to imprinting by the girls (whom we're constantly tripping over). We treat him like the ram he'll grow up to be, but expect him to accept being handled for hoof trimming, fleece picking, and haltering. Turns out he is quiet, obedient, and respectful, actually a sweet guy in "tough guy clothes". The sweetness is evident in many ways. I'm so glad I handled him properly and not roughly! I hope Woolchester will grow into the ram I see him becoming!

Sweetie Tweetie is a buff-laced polish hen who has lived on our farm for two years now. She was a flighty chick, panicking at every little thing and getting herself in such a tizzy that she'd get herself in worse trouble. One day she flew up in the coop and almost got her leg stuck in the poultry fence. A different day, she got lost in tall grasses behind the coop. I was always rescuing her! Now she is a mature and settled down hen who is a very good layer. Visitors love her top hat! We get lots of questions about her. She is the subject of a scrapbook my daughter is doing for the fair this week so I thought I'd share her photo!

The other excitement here is the baby chicks hatching out the last few days! What fun!!! We have two little cross hens that have been broody all spring (meaning they wanted to sit on eggs and hatch them out). We finally let them set and so far, four cute chicks have hatched! Three are yellow like the one in this picture, and one is black and yellow. The yellow chicks have stripes on their backs like chipmunks. Mother hen is a very good mom, leaving little for me to do but check on them and freshen things (food, water, bedding).
Look at alllll thosssse egggggs!

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