Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Quick Update and More Shameless Lamb Pics
We seem to have a break in the lambing right now with two ewes yet to go. I guess they are going to be some long term hold outs at this point. That takes a little of the pressure off my time crunch since I don't have to band, shoot and tag any more babies but I am still so far behind I can see myself going right now.
The "not yet fenced" pastures are growing weeds like no ones business and need brush hogged now. I am behind on cleaning the chicken coop along with a million other things and I need to start building some more bee stuff like NOW. I am getting reports of swarms here and there but so far nothing in any of my traps.
I can't be certain but I think I have finally made some progress on getting the dogs to stop killing the chickens. As I said not sure they are totally broke of it yet but these pictures do show the dogs at least are not as enthused about chicken chasing as they once were.
I also need to get the partial bale of hay I have left in the big field moved into the barn lot so it doesn't just go to waste. The garden needs tilling, I got about 20 loads worth of barn waste that needs spreading out and after the rain we got today I am sure I will need to mow again by Sunday.
I also had a new post I was working on that once again did not get finished. There just are not enough hours in the day right now I am afraid to do anything more than snap a few photos and write an update every other day or so.
Anyway here are also a couple of shots of the main type of lamb we been getting from the new Ram. Mostly black boys with partial or almost full badger faced markings. They sure are cute little buggers I must say.
What amazes me about this batch of lambs though is the fact that the about half the mothers don't really seem to care all that much about where their babies are. In the past it seems when one got out of direct eye sight the ewes would start bawling until the lambs were found but this year it's the other way around.
The moms lead the lambs out the gate to what I have taken to calling the day care center and leave their babies there in the shade. The lambs seem content to hang out there together and every so often mom will come by to check on them. Occasionally however one will lose his mom or siblings and start screaming at the top of his lungs. All the while mom, who I KNOW can hear the distressed lamb, ignores it until I get so sick of hearing it I grab the lamb and carry it out to it's mother.
Today's cry baby award went to this little guy who I have taken to calling Frosty for obvious reasons. His mother is not very attentive at all and he was running all over the place looking for her. She was way out in the middle of the field with his two brothers so I guess maybe she figured only missing one still put her ahead or something. This guy was afraid to leave the day care center to look for mom but just ran around crying at the top of his lungs.
Anyway sorry I am behind on comment replies and posts I will try and catch up a bit more tomorrow.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!!!!