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.
Friday, April 19, 2013
Teddy Bear Ears...
I forgot to mention...see those little teddy bear ears? They have come down the line from Wheely Wooly Twilight! These teddy bears have become his signature in his line. Little Wheely Wooly Maggie Mae is his grand lamb, and continues to carry this very cute trait. Love it!
Teddy Bear Ears
The ewes that have lambed are now in the mixing pen with their frisky little lambs. Putting them in the mixing pen is always one of the worst days of the year for me. Shetland ewes are very good, strong mothers so when you put them with other ewes, some whacking can occur amongst the moms. Sometimes little lambs, in their still teetery stage of using their legs can get in the way, taking an unintended hit! I really don't like that! That's why I always supervise the first little while they are in together, to make sure all goes ok to the best I can. Maewyn was the strongest mom this time, not wanting ANYONE near her little Maggie Mae (another ewe or lamb that is...she seems fine with me around). Rainbow is a much more casual mother this time around, letting her lambs get farther away and not really worrying about it!
But soon, the new moms realize their lambs cannot get too lost, and that they can relax at the mom cafe, while the lambs gang up to play. After a day or so, the moms are munching their hay together in peace, as the lambs tear around them, under them, in front of them, or through them in all their playful explorations. Since all of the lambs so far are "black", it's really fun to watch them tear around, leaping, boinging, and springing about!
And for those of you who know Chaminoux, she has had her babies!!!!!!!! That was quite a wait! She had a boy who weighed 10 pounds at birth! We named him Sparkle PRC Musical, because he is so musical in his sweet callings. The girl weighed a really nice 8 pounds, is more refined and elegant and is very pretty! We named her Sparkle PRC Charlotte. They are both sparkling white, and we are thrilled with how it all came out with them!
AND that little surprise via email? Daisy! I'll have to post who Daisy is, and how cute she is! We are loving Daisy!
So our hands are full of boinging, springing, skittering, hopping fun around here...except the weather is terrible! It is snowing today, the winds are blasting with wind chills in the low 20's, and our low temperature tonight will be in the low 20's! The good news is that our lambs and everybody are all in the barn, safe and sound. Maybe tomorrow will be better. Also, as I look out the window, today is the first time this year I can look out without seeing any snow on the ground at all. What a relief! Despite the cold, the grass is TRYING to green up....
Almost forgot to mention that several ewes are still due to lamb. I'm grateful they haven't yet...ever hopeful that the weather will warm up one of these days!
Our thoughts are with all of you in Boston today!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!