Saturday, May 9, 2009

Happy Mothers Day!!!


Happy Mothers Day to all you mothers out there! Though I never had any children of my own I think of my animal family as my kids. :)

Along with all the cute little lambs there has been some bad news too. I lost two of the lambs, a ewe and a ram, not sure if they were stillborn or died shortly after birth. Unfortunately I was at work when they were born.

I also found out that I can't have Jasmine and Rosebud, the donkeys, near the lambs. They don't like the way the lambs move and want to stomp them. So unfortunately even though I got them for protecting the sheep they have to be pastured separately. They were definitely enjoying the sun today.





I love this wild dogwood that grows in my pasture, I buried both the little lambs that didn't make it beneath it.



We're finally done lambing here, almost all ram lambs! All of them will be for sale if you're interested, as well as the Jacob ewe lamb.

First born, out of Boulderneigh Bella reg.S22596 (twin Grey Flecket/Katmollet) by Stonehaven Duncan reg.S16861 (twin Fawn Katmoget), a gray Katmoget ram lamb. (here I have to apologize....I'm slow on the naming of my lambs....)He's small but mighty. He usually is the one jumping on the other lambs trying to engage them in play.



Next was a fawn?musket? katmoget ram lamb out of Stonehaven Ilse reg. S25021 (single Musket) by Stonehaven Duncan. This little ram lamb really has a presence about him. Very regal, nice topline, straight legs, cute little tail. :)




Next was a dark brown ram lamb out of Sheep Ridge Princess Aurora reg. S25111 (single Mioget horned). A really robust little ram and check out those hornbuds!! This little guy has his own party if no one else wants to play, leaping and jumping...:)



Next up, a grey?fawn? katmoget ewe lamb, yeah! a ewe! out of Stonehaven Flora reg. S26178 (twin Black) and Stonehaven Duncan.







Next is twin katmoget ram lambs, one is a gray for sure (black with "sugarlips"), the other boy is an unusual mix of colors. They are out of WSR Rechel reg. S16907 (twin Grey Flecket). Poor Rechel is suffering from Mastitis on one side of her udder. :( She seems to be able to keep her boys fed off the one side, but I feel so bad for her. She is getting dosed with Antibiotics, and hopefully she will recover quickly. I will be looking for a spinners flock or pet home for her after her lambs are weaned. I don't believe she should be bred again. She has a lovely fleece and is a super friendly girl. Loves her chin skritches.




Last but not least, of the Shetlands, is a black ram lamb out of Stonehaven Valeria reg. S20400 (twin Moorit)and Stonehaven Duncan. Another robust, I can party by myself boy. He's always racing off to the distress of his mother.




My one and only Jacob ewe that I kept, had black and white twins, a ewe and a ram lamb. They are out of Painted Rock Janelle reg. A009-09 (two horn single B/W) and by Windy Acres Lawrence (a lilac 4 horn).






Ok, I guess we should give a nod to the Dads. All they had to do today was relax and enjoy the sun.

Lawrence....


Duncan....


Now we have a few pics of some soon to be mothers.....

My turkey hen, Lucy (Rickie, the tom, is looking for a new home. He really messes with my Zen when I go to relax down at the barn. He thinks it's his job to stalk me and then fly up and pound me with his wings.)
She's also sitting on some chicken eggs that the hens placed in her nest when she wasn't looking....

Here are my Serama hens and their obnoxious roo. The poor girls can hardly set on their nests and he is always climbing on their backs and strutting and crowing....I wonder if they're not plotting to kill him in his sleep.





Here's a pic of the osprey nest on the property next to ours....it was over 15 feet across about 5 years ago and they add to it every year. I really need to get a telephoto lens.....

Lastly, are some shots of my other children....


The emus and their new sign...


One of the guineas...

Cleopatra and Marc Anthony (thanks everyone with you great name ideas!)


Sheepfields Sheba...



Sprite's Great Adventure "Kylie"

12 comments:

Amy ~ 12 Acres said...

I love your photos always. I think the emus like their new sign, yes I think that's a smile in the 2nd photo.

kenleighacres said...

Great post! Your lambs are very nice, I'm sorry to hear about the ones you lost. You have some beautiful kids :) That would be scary to have a turkey stalking you!

Jenny Holden said...

What naughty donkeys! Maybe when the lambs get bigger they will all be ok, especially if the donkeys are in the next field and get used to the lambs. You've got some lovely lambs. What is it with all the ram lambs this year? I've got 7 boys and just 3 girls!

Susan said...

Tammy, you DO have kids, they just happen to be furkids! And what beautiful ones they are, too! I don't think there's anything sweeter and cuter than newborn lambs. I love, love, love the spotted ones! Your mamas should be so very proud, and papas, too!

So very sorry for the loss of the two little ones. ((hugs))

Nancy K. said...

It looks to me like Valeria's ram lamb is actually dark brown ~ not black! You can tell by the pinkish skin around his eyes. A black lamb would have black skin around it's eyes. You've got some mighty nice lambs there!

Wishing YOU a happy Mother's Day ~ like all of us with animals in our care ~ you are truly a 'Mom' to them...

Christy said...

Such beautiful babies! I'm partial to the jacob myself. I can't wait to breed my jacob. I've heard many people having that problem with donkeys. That is why we decided not to go that route.

shadow mountain jacobs farm said...

Happy Mothers Day Tammy. You have more kids than all of us. Your pics are great and the lambies are adorable. I'm sorry about the ones you lost. Which ewe were they out of? Janelle has some cuties and their fleeces look good so far. Have a wonderful day...

Michelle at Boulderneigh said...

In spite of the wonderful photos, I feel for you with all the bad news -- naughty donkeys, dead lambs, Rechel with mastitis, mean tom. Who lost her lambs? Happy Mother's Day! Trust me, furkids are the easiest kind to raise. :-)

Tina T-P said...

It was a ram year for us this year as well. We're looking into the "vinegar in the water" treatment to get more ewes - I'll let you know what we find out...

Wonderful pictures of all your "children" - T.

Grammy said...

I really enjoyed all your photos. I would love to have the black and white spotted ones they are so cute. Maybe some day.

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Awww, such wonderfulo photos all. That's so sad about the babies. I'm so sorry. And so frustrating with the donkeys.
But those emus probably make you laugh every day, don't they?
And Flora's baby ewe is my favorite. She just looks so full of personality.

The Jacob lambs are so striking, too.

Annoying Tom...and Thanksgiving is still 6 months away.....

~Lisa

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Oh! And I forgot to say that the photo of Sheba with that gorgeous background is amazing! You live in a magical location, my friend.

Oh! And those rams...WOW! Impressive fellas, aren't they?

Kylie is so beautiful :)

~Lisa