Monday, April 13, 2015
No Moms Allowed
Well the good news is today it only rained for a short bit in the morning and we only had one lamb born. The storm didn't destroy anything and although the ewe needed an assist which seems to be the norm this year and she had the largest new born lamb I ever seen. Oh and the largest new born lamb the Vet said he has ever seen too. At least I managed to get a few other things done as well.
I got six swarm traps placed and baited today and then swung by the hardware store to buy the last few items I needed to finish the creep feeder gate.
We have had a few creep feeders over the years and the big sheep always end up destroying them. I guess for those who are unaware of what a creep feeder is an explanation is in order. A creep feeder is basically just a cage that allows the babies to get in and eat but the big sheep can't. With our dismal record of the big sheep being unable to control themselves with food that close and the fact that I still had a stall with no gate due to the ram destroying it two years ago and since we have more little lambs running around than ever before we decided to just turn the stall into a "No Moms Allowed" zone and make a creep feeder gate.
I had an old cattle panel that was bent and cut a section out of it for the gate. Then ground off the sharp edges and used the center support boards to cover them some as well. The fence staples and the panel section keep the joints tight on the wooden support beans so I didn't need to put in any angled support which let me keep the weight down to an acceptable level. The gate shouldn't sag since the panel is ridged. At least that's my theory.
The lambs all wanted to help me install the gate but then decided the package the hinges came in was more interesting until I laid my cordless drill down anyway.
Here's the new gate installed. The moms are not happy but the lambs are over joyed. They now have a special stall all to themselves were they can eat the special lamb pellets, play and socialize without some big meany-head mom coming over and giving them a head butt.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!!