Here's Sven, the grey coloured ram on the right in the picture above, just before shearing! What a change in colour! He really lost any of the brown tips - he was born jet black. I think the tips were sun bleached and under all that, he is probably spotted, so he looks grey. I didn't shear to the skin like we would in the spring because I wanted some warmth left on them. Sven was clearly not impressed because, at one point, he proceeded to urinate copiously all down my leg. Unfortunately, I had him in an excellent position on my lap for shearing difficult parts, so I had to put up with this indelicate behaviour.
I had been under the impression that Rocky, the white lamb with the black eye patches, was at a lower weight than Sven.
Crosswinds Farm and is going to be wethered in the near future. We acquired him because he has an absolutely gorgeous and crimpy fleece, and he will make a good wether companion for our rams. He's also our very first all black sheep! The black sheep of the family! Hahaha! He's extremely friendly and approachable and has a lovely habit of wagging his tail very enthusiastically when he is getting a chest rub in just the right spot. Sometimes I think he is part dog! I can't believe how big he is compared to our ram lambs - they are all from this year!
In the picture below, the other larger ram lamb who is all white is Marshmallow's brother. He is also growing well and quickly too!
Ferdie, and all our other sheep, won't be sheared until spring now. I can't wait to see how some of the fleeces turn out from this year's lambs.
In other news, Lotus and Opal now have bright green bottoms.
this post. I created a spreadsheet today giving projected due dates, as well as dates for vaccinations for our goatie girls. Three of four should be bred now, according to their colour!
Kelly and I spent a good portion of today building an enclosed chick rearing area in the barn. We'd had enough of chicks in the basement and it was time to construct something more permanent for their care. I'm really pleased with how it turned out, but it was too dark for pictures. Another time...