Tending fine-fleeced Shetland sheep and a whole lot more on a small acreage in the Willamette Valley of Oregon
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Back to 'farm' life
Looks like the Speckled Sussex are starting to lay again.
Lazy things. If it hadn't been for the Golden Girls I got from Laura last fall, it would have been a skimpy winter for eggs. As it is, I have almost eight dozen in the frig right now. I'd send some to Rick's clinic to be sold, but every time I do that, someone wants eggs and I don't have enough. I am going to give a dozen each to the two friends who dog-sat for us last weekend, and probably use another dozen cooking for Sabbath's potluck.
Shearing is scheduled for April 2 – the next time my farrier (who is also my shearer) is coming out. If anyone is going to go through the rise so I can roo them (I'm looking at you, Blake!), that should give them plenty of time.
Last night I told Rick I need him to wether Cadbury, and soon. He has become an increasing management problem as a ram; hopefully he will mellow out with the removal of hormones and live a long and happy life producing fleece. Rick says he has a client interested in fiber pets, and I have had others express interest as well. I sure hope some of these interests materialize into sales, so I can breed my ewes next fall! I'm planning to use Franna's ram Lil'Country Nightcap (check out that pedigree!) on all four of my ewes, and am willing to try every trick in the book to increase my chances for ewe lambs. Not that I would mind a fully polled, fine fleeced moorit ram of my own, mind you – especially out of Annabelle's last lambing!