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.

Monday, June 21, 2010

The Rest of the Lambs


A couple of days ago I posted the story of Chickie's two little wethers (Pictured here). Since then they have been sold and will go to their new home after weaning sometime later this month. The lucky little boys will be joining a wether (Cam) that I sold last year (and a few other pasture buddies) at Kati's. I'm very happy for them.

Also later this month, Luna's twins --an ewe and a wether will be leaving to go to their new home at Tabitha's.

Jasper the first lamb born here, went with his mother to Jama's a month or so ago. So out of a lamb crop this year of eight, three lambs will be staying here. It's hard to believe they are almost to weaning age and ready to go off to their new homes. Here are pictures of the three that are staying:

Fairlight Stella
(Fairlight Jackdaw x Locksfield Willow)
Musket flecket--This is a nice little solid ewe, with a nice top line, square fore and aft and a nice little tail--she will have a longish, wavy intermediate fleece

The other two lambs are wethers, both spotted yuglet fleckets. The first one is a moorit and his brother is black and white. I haven't named these two little boys yet. Any suggestions? The moorit and white wether has an overly long tail and is cow hocked, which made the decision to wether him easy. His fleece feels soft and should turn out nicely.

His brother is a big strapping boy and has really nice conformation and a lovely soft fleece. He would have made a nice ram in a different situation. He is a very friendly sweet little boy. I love that face.

And summer marches quickly on!

11 comments:

Nancy K. said...

What beautiful wethers! They'll make wonderful pets.

I love Stella's markings! I've never seen a Shetland marked like that ~ VERY pretty!

Vicki Lane said...

Such beauties!

Louise said...

They are beautiful. I'm learning so much about sheep by coming here. What fun!

Roses and Lilacs said...

Since I know nothing about sheep, the only comment I can make is Awww, they are so cute. I've thought about sheep or goats to help control the weeds and to just be pets but of course sheep are pretty high maintenance weed- wackers. I miss my horses. The farm seems very empty without anything but a border collie and some kitties:)
Marnie

kristi said...

The ones you are keeping are great! I love the "lipstick" on them:) I have a moorit flecket wether like that and it always looks like he wants a "kiss"! I read your post from the other day too......I hope the garden takes off for you!

Michelle said...

How about Apple Jack (brown flecket) and Cap'n Crunch (black flecket with the "mask")? (I'm assuming here that their sire is Jackdaw.)

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AJ-OAKS said...

I have never seen sheep like yours. Around here all there is are the white ones.
You have gorgeous sheep. Those markings are phenomenal. Hmmm, name suggestions. Hmmmmm. Have to ponder that for a bit. :)

Kim said...

Stella is an beauty! Next year she'd be ready to breed. uh-hum.. :)

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Tina T-P said...

I agree with Nancy - Stella is just beautiful! And I don't think I've ever seen anyone marked like that either...

The Shepherd made the observation when we were at Black Sheep last week that many of the HST sheep are "cow hocked" HB was to some extent and so is Wickett - and the little brown & white girl he was looking at - same thing. Genetic? T.