Wednesday, April 6, 2016
The Birds and the Bees.... and the Sheep
So to date we still only have the two little black lambs born to Hazel on April 2nd. None of the other ewes have given birth this yet. Very odd as we usually do not have a break like this. Last year in fact we were done with lambing season in a week and a half with Hazel the last to give birth and of course she was two days behind the second to last. It seems Hazel must be the outlier one way or another.
Tomorrow the two newest (temporary) members of the flock will be given a bit more room to run around. I am still not sure how I am going to do this since we have so many carry over yearlings this year. I only have one shelter and I need to give everyone access to it but I really don't want to let the new lambs out into pasture yet.
I need to give the arrangement some thought I guess.
Plenty of the remaining bred ewes are looking like they could deliver at any moment but so far they are all being stubborn. If I had to guess they are waiting for the most in-opportune time to begin....
Just my guess anyway.
Still not one hint of any hens going broody either. I am in fact beginning to wonder if Rocky the rooster is actually getting the job done or just acting like he is whenever a human is around due to some kind of possessive attitude. No one has noticed any eggs that are in fact fertilized and it really only looks like Rocky is jumping on the hens and pulling their neck feathers and not making any real contact at the business end. If you get my meaning.
Perhaps we actually have an impotent Rooster with severe performance anxiety and a defined bully streak? This may need watching more closely and if Rocky gets anymore aggressive it maybe time for freezer camp.
I just wish these ewes would get it over with already these every couple of hour checkups are getting old.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!!!!