Like a walk through the country side living on a small farm is full of daily surprises, sometimes wonderful and amazing, and other times puzzling and sad. I hope you will walk with me as I live out my dream of living on this tiny farm. You will come to know the dogs, cats, Shetland sheep and chickens that make up this farm and what goes into keeping them happy and healthy. Come and join the journey with me.
Friday, April 11, 2008
Definitely Not Gettin' Tired of This!
Last night I went up to check the last two preggie ewes around 2:00 a.m. They had been acting suspicious, which is nothing new, since they have been toying with me for weeks now. At 2:00 a.m. all was quiet, Duckie looked a little restless, but Luna was piled up with the others, chewing cud. At around 3:00 a.m. I hear sheep baa-ing and some grunting noises. I had been hearing phantom baas all night, so I wasn't too keen on even going out there again. But I did. When I got to the barn, Duckie was standing there looking at me, no lambs... sigh. But wait--there was a little clearing around Luna. I moved the flashlight over the other sheep and literally gasped at what I saw. Fairlight Farm's first spotted lamb! Wow. Perfect marked looking little thing. Even if he is a he. :-) Yep, it's a ram, but I'm still thrilled all to pieces. After years of working towards this, the genetics are now in place. Luna is a Minwawe Redford x Locksfield Willow daughter and was a smashing little wildly marked moorit flecket as a lamb. She has since faded out to a oatmeal musket. Locksfield Griffin is a black smirslet/sokket. I had a trio of Redford girls this year, but two of them, bred to Sheltering Pines Jerome didn't take, so this was the only ewe to lamb that would show what was 'hidden'.
Yes, I took a zillion pictures and you will probably get to see them all! ha At first I thought he was black, but in the pictures I took last night, you could see a brown cast. This morning when I went out, he is a definite moorit. Whether he will be musket I don't know yet. He looks pretty dark, I'll check him over good later and see if there are any Ag signs. So is he yuglet or smirslet?
Whew..... lamb 14 now on the ground. And one more ewe to go.