Monday, October 25, 2010
sheep in training
Here is the flock minus two. The three dark brown ones in the middle are boys. The farthest one is a wether (castrated male), the white faced middle boy is our up and coming ram (Lucky is his name because he is not getting eaten), he is in training and learning from our current male. Lucky imitates our current ram. It is pretty funny to watch. Oreo is the large ram in the front of the trio of dark colored sheep.
On the far right and far left are our two new female lambs. They should be ready in the Spring to start having babies. We decided to not dock their tails. Everything I have read about hair sheep says you do not have to do it, so we didn't. I will know in a year if it was a mistake or not. All the sheep we purchased already had their tails docked.
The larger central three sheep are our ewes. They are all three pregnant at this moment. We should be getting lambs from two of them in November and one in December. Now, we are locking the sheep up in the barn every night so we can find the lambs. Hopefully, this will also prevent the coyotes from killing the newborn lambs (lost two last year this way).