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Wacky Weather

At this morning’s ewe check the weather was wonderful.  Sunshine and warm…

Soaking up the sun.
Baby Hope, getting bigger.
Hens at the trough. (A Red Star in the back and an Americauna in the front)
More sun soaking…
Thor soaking up the sun too!
Dugur too!
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Then from out of no where we start getting wind and…

SNOW?!
Iris running through the flurries…
The llamas
Ewes…
Iris again…

Later that evening…

Australorp Rooster strutting in the sun…
Sully saying hello…
Beautiful Iris…

Wacky weather is for certain.  Hopefully it warms up a bit before lambing.  : )

Here’s a couple of silly pictures from today…

Grizzle with tail feathers…
Ewe-oga…that doesn’t even look comfy.

Hopefully your day is going well!

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Hanging Out With Ewe…

Rosemary

We are about a week out from seeing our first lambs arrive.  Excited doesn’t even begin to describe how I am feeling.  I think this season is one of my favorites, ranking up there with all major holidays.  😉

Very large Audrad, pregnant with AI babies. Sire is Raftur from Iceland!

This fall we imported semen from Iceland to inseminate some of the ewes with.  I am not sure how successful we were but we definitely had a couple catch, which is very exciting!

Esja checking out the hen.

It was quite funny watching Esja interact with this hen.  She would let the hen pick little pieces of hay off of her and wag her tail the whole time.  🙂

Red heads!

Dugur made sure everyone was behaving themselves and would come and check things out every couple of minutes…

Dugur watching…

I love the pattern of the Silver Laced Wyandotte!  So dainty looking.

Silver Laced Wyandotte

Lukka is another ewe in the AI group.  We are hoping she caught with a Grabotni straw.

Lukka, is she carrying Grabotni babies?
Hen nesting in one of the ewe sheds…

Dyr, the ewe matriarch decided to stick her head in and see what I was up to.

Dyr, the matriarch.
Getting a drink.

Uma is another ewe that looks like she caught with AI.  Yeah!

Dyr (in front) and Uma.

Pretty Sybil was taking a bit of a rest…

Sybil, resting.

Druna is expecting her first lamb this spring.

A one winter ewe, Druna.

Esja, is another hopeful…in the AI category.  She looks as if she could be carrying Bogi babies!

A bit of a belly on Esja.

The rain started up so these two took shelter and I took that as my cue to head back to the house!

Hiding out~ Drifa and Alita.

Eking Closer

Our weather here has been very spring-like indeed, giving us all spring-fever.  With lambing season starting with in three weeks we moved the ewes to the pen where they will be lambing this year.  It is the first year that we won’t be using the barn and doing pasture-lambing.  Mark was able to move the sheds to their pasture while I filled them up with fresh straw.  The sheds are situated so I can see them from the kitchen and bedroom windows.  It is only a hop skip and a jump away from the house making night-time checks much more bearable.  And best of all?  We have power out there!!  Woohoo!!  Up at the barn we never did have the power turned on so any night-time lambings were done by the light of a headlamp.  :0)

Violet peeking over Basil.
Grizzle looking large and she hasn’t even started to bag up.
Dugur trying out the straw in one of the sheds.
Fiona is looking quite large too and she isn’t due until the end of April.
The ewes all lined up at the feeders.
A couple of the ladies.

In the past couple of weeks we have picked up a couple of new bred ewes to add to the flock…

and…

Nist, a spotted moorit mouflon.

I am excited to see the lambs that they produce!

Dante (in the front), one of last year’s ram lambs growing nicely.

Balmy…

It was a balmy 43 degrees today, complete with sun which turn the pasture into…

a watery, icy, slick mess.  😦  Ugh!

Wading through the pasture…

Did I mention we received 2/10ths of an inch or rain too?

Breve and Depla

There is not normally a pond in the middle of our pasture.

Coconut crossing through the icy, watery mess…
Tip-toeing along the edges…
Trying to cross…
The matriarch and her reflection….
The rams pen, not as bad as the ewes.
The heifers…

On a side note, I think we successfully AI’ed Butterscotch (the red Dexter) about 45 days ago!  We should be expecting a calf sometime in early September!!

The sheep remind me of the kids, they have a nice dry hillside to stay on but are out exploring the puddles!  Hopefully the weather cools down a bit or seriously warms up to dry up this mess.

It is January…. right?

A bit of winter~2012

 

Nice quite day here, on the farm.  Enjoying the snow and wintry like weather!

Frank and Bellah playing in the snow.

 

Frank

 

Iris and Dugur

 

Feeding time

 

Mark out feeding

 

 

Mark moving snow

 

The farm to the South

 

The farm to the North

 

Snow coming down…

Snow coming down...

Finally a taste of winter!

The sheep out in the snow…
Vaka out investigating…

Evening at the Farm…

Mark and Sawyer pounding posts

 

What a gorgeous day.  We are relishing every minute of this warm weather we are having, knowing in the back of our minds that winter will be here before too long… Back to breaking waterers open every morning and evening, making sure there is ample straw in the sheds, feeding hay, and breaking ewes up into breeding groups.  Which is what we had in mind today, knowing that soon enough we will be needing to break up the ewes into 5-6 pens with a hunky ram.  Problem is is that we do not have that many (secure) pens, making sure rams stay in there designated spot without any break-ins from any roaming Romeo.  So Mark ended up trading the use of our drill for the use of a wood post-pounder to make more pens.  They will be great to put breeding groups into or wean lambs in or to keep sheep secure in during the evenings.

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All lined up with the sun flowers.

At other places on the farm…

Dugur watching...

 

Dyr with Glacier Park in the background...

 

Blackfoot

 

Louise grazing as the sun goes down...

 

A part of the farm...