Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Kids Corner!!! UPDATED
Between lambing season and mowing season I didn't get to make a post yesterday. Sorry about that but I had to get mower number 2 up and running and tag the latest set of twin boys as well. Today I also needed to check all the swarm traps, refresh the lure and then put the blade on the 8N to start cleaning up all the wasted hay I now have covering the garden.
I let the sheep out into the main hay field for about an hour while I used the blade so I wouldn't run the risk of squishing a baby lamb.
After only a few minutes the mothers were so interested in the new growth grass they pretty much forgot about the lambs. The lambs for their part were not much interested in grass but they did like the shade tree and eventually kinda formed their own little flock of youngsters. Frazier the ram was happy for the company believe it or not and they all rested in the shade while the mom's munched away.
After pushing the old loose hay around for a while I went to check the hives at the back of the pasture. They were out in full force today. I don't think it will be long until I start seeing some swarms at this rate.
Tomorrow I need to take the Winter inner covers off the small hives and mow around all the stands. Then open up the bottom trays and put the ant traps and sticky traps inside to help keep the pests at bay. The ants appear like they are going to be especially bad this year I am afraid.
After the rain we got Sunday and Monday I think the gate posts I put in last week should be about ready to start installing the support beams and maybe even hanging gates tomorrow afternoon as well.
Just as I was shutting things down and putting stuff away this evening another ewe went into labor and delivered.... wait for it.... Another set of black boy lambs....
That makes 13 Black rams and 3 White ewes with only 1 White ram lamb. Weirdness actually and not one problem birth yet either. So far the new blue faced breeding ram appears to only want to sire little black lambs just like him although we are seeing more semi-badger faced lambs then ever before this year as well.
At this point we are a little over halfway finished with lambing season. Once this hectic two to three week period is over things will start to slow down again just in time for swarm season.
Never a dull moment around the Small-Hold it seems.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!!!!!!!
So the twins that were being born this evening turned out to be triplets. All three black and all three rams. That raises the score a little bit now.
It's the year of the Ram I guess.