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Post by Hiroshima_Morphine » Wed Dec 21, 2016 6:58 pm

Oh, Kodiak is mild and soggy.

I have long dreamed of returning to the old country, but the paperwork involved is enough to dissuade me.

Any suggestions on breeds?
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Post by wee drop o' bush » Thu Dec 22, 2016 3:09 pm

Hiroshima_Morphine wrote:Oh, Kodiak is mild and soggy.

I have long dreamed of returning to the old country, but the paperwork involved is enough to dissuade me.

Any suggestions on breeds?
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Post by delarey » Sun Feb 12, 2017 9:03 pm

Getting ready for lambs any day now. I swear the one ewe is going to be octo-mom!

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Post by delarey » Tue Feb 14, 2017 8:44 am

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First lamb of the season! A very lively little ewe. This will be a single baby...The other ewes have a history of dripping twins and triplets.

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Post by wee drop o' bush » Wed Feb 15, 2017 2:29 pm

Very nice! We are now lambing away too. I've been distracted by the house renovation/extension that's currently going on also.
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Post by delarey » Wed Feb 15, 2017 10:16 pm

They look adorable! Are their mommas friendly? The one pictured above is very skittish and it's taking us a bit to care for her. Awh cut her leg right above the hoof about 2 weeks before lambing. We basically had to corner her, roll her on her back and hold her to apply woundcote and some antibiotics.

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Post by wee drop o' bush » Thu Feb 16, 2017 4:50 am

delarey wrote:They look adorable! Are their mommas friendly? The one pictured above is very skittish and it's taking us a bit to care for her. Awh cut her leg right above the hoof about 2 weeks before lambing. We basically had to corner her, roll her on her back and hold her to apply woundcote and some antibiotics.

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Texels are generally placid and easily worked with, the ewe who had these twin lambs is very quiet. The most they will do is stamp a front hoof in warning if you approach their lambs.


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Post by delarey » Thu Feb 16, 2017 8:30 am

I get the stomps and then a mock charge or two...But only from this ewe. She must have had a troubles childhood [FACE WITH TEARS OF JOY][FACE WITH TEARS OF JOY][FACE WITH TEARS OF JOY]

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Post by sheddi » Thu Feb 16, 2017 5:09 pm

Another year, another lambing :clap: :clap:

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Post by delarey » Thu Feb 16, 2017 6:49 pm

Thanks! I'm loving it!

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Post by wee drop o' bush » Tue Feb 21, 2017 11:14 am

We are having an unusually large amount of single ram lambs this season (always good for the piggy bank :rofl:)


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wee drop o' bush wrote:We are having an unusually large amount of single ram lambs this season (always good for the piggy bank :rofl:)


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Excellent! We've only had 1 ram so far. I was hoping for more. Look what showed up this weekend....
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wee drop o' bush wrote:We are having an unusually large amount of single ram lambs this season (always good for the piggy bank :rofl:)


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Excellent! We've only had 1 ram so far. I was hoping for more. Look what showed up this weekend....
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Post by delarey » Tue Feb 21, 2017 4:21 pm

It's a black coyote...Not many of them around, but this one is a bit of a bruiser. Probably pushing around 60lbs or so. We've been working on securing the sheep in the barn at night until I can get him.

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Post by wee drop o' bush » Wed Feb 22, 2017 6:04 am

delarey wrote:It's a black coyote...Not many of them around, but this one is a bit of a bruiser. Probably pushing around 60lbs or so. We've been working on securing the sheep in the barn at night until I can get him.

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:oh: :shock:
We do not have any native predator species like that, there's an abundance of foxes but that's all.


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Post by delarey » Wed Feb 22, 2017 10:25 am

We have a lot of red foxes here, but they only catch chickens. I've had to dispatch 2 so far. We also have bobcats, but I've not had a problem with them. Neighbor a few farms over got a panther on his trailcam a year or 2 ago. DNR swears there are none here, but I've heard of several people in the area that they've seen them. Not as big as say leopard (which I've had to deal with in A. Africa) but still dangerous...
Do the foxes bother your stock at all? It sounds like the perfect place to raise sheep!

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Post by Hiroshima_Morphine » Wed Feb 22, 2017 10:46 am

delarey wrote:We have a lot of red foxes here, but they only catch chickens. I've had to dispatch 2 so far. We also have bobcats, but I've not had a problem with them. Neighbor a few farms over got a panther on his trailcam a year or 2 ago. DNR swears there are none here, but I've heard of several people in the area that they've seen them. Not as big as say leopard (which I've had to deal with in A. Africa) but still dangerous...
Do the foxes bother your stock at all? It sounds like the perfect place to raise sheep!

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The problem with the term 'panther' is that, technically speaking, panthers do not exist. It is a mythical creature from Greek mythology that the god Dionysus rode. That's how they can say 'you didn't see a panther.'

Now- there are multiple sightings and evidence of all black, large cats that are mutations of their species. So what your friend caught on his trail cam was a black bobcat. Not sure of your AO- but if you are in the Pac NW it could have also been a Cougar/Mt. Lion.

Unless we are talking about the Florida Panther- which like the Cougar/Mt. Lion is a subspecies of Jaguar and usually also are not black. Again, I don't know what your AO is.
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Post by wee drop o' bush » Wed Feb 22, 2017 11:11 am

As far as I know we've never had problems with foxes. Rooks, Hooded Crows & Magpies have been a much bigger pest.


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Post by delarey » Wed Feb 22, 2017 11:51 am

Hiroshima_Morphine wrote:
delarey wrote:We have a lot of red foxes here, but they only catch chickens. I've had to dispatch 2 so far. We also have bobcats, but I've not had a problem with them. Neighbor a few farms over got a panther on his trailcam a year or 2 ago. DNR swears there are none here, but I've heard of several people in the area that they've seen them. Not as big as say leopard (which I've had to deal with in A. Africa) but still dangerous...
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The problem with the term 'panther' is that, technically speaking, panthers do not exist. It is a mythical creature from Greek mythology that the god Dionysus rode. That's how they can say 'you didn't see a panther.'

Now- there are multiple sightings and evidence of all black, large cats that are mutations of their species. So what your friend caught on his trail cam was a black bobcat. Not sure of your AO- but if you are in the Pac NW it could have also been a Cougar/Mt. Lion.

Unless we are talking about the Florida Panther- which like the Cougar/Mt. Lion is a subspecies of Jaguar and usually also are not black. Again, I don't know what your AO is.
Locals call them Panthers, but I've been around enough big cats to have figured out that it's probably a Florida cougar.

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Post by delarey » Wed Feb 22, 2017 11:52 am

wee drop o' bush wrote:As far as I know we've never had problems with foxes. Rooks, Hooded Crows & Magpies have been a much bigger pest.


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Post by wee drop o' bush » Tue Feb 28, 2017 7:40 pm

Not really, nobody minds much about shooting crows. Fox hunting and other blood sports are banned though.


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Post by Ad'lan » Thu Mar 02, 2017 11:48 am

wee drop o' bush wrote:Not really, nobody minds much about shooting crows. Fox hunting and other blood sports are banned though.


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Post by wee drop o' bush » Sat Mar 04, 2017 12:26 pm

We have approx 5 weeks & counting till lambing is over for another year, I don't want to jinx it but we have had no C-Sections so far :awesome:
Aa per usual at this stage I have no idea how many lambs we have, it just seems like lambs are everywhere :)
We have had more triplets than is usual too, which is a headache, as it necessitates getting a foster ewe. Silly girls.


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Post by wee drop o' bush » Sun Mar 05, 2017 7:41 am

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These made an appearance @ 3am :D
First time momma, great momma.
The first time momma beside her is frightened of her own lamb :roll: She's going to end up in the fostering crate, so sad to see her wee lamb wanting her and her backing away from it in fear :oh:


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