Thursday, May 3, 2012

Our New Lambs

We have added two flocks of sheep to our farm this Spring. Here are some photos of the first group to arrive. I really like sheep.  They're gentle souls. The timing of their arrival coincided with the demise of our lawnmower. Needless to say, they had immediate employment!
Guess which one is the troublemaker who leads the escapes. See answer at the bottom of this post.

The brown faced ewe lamb in the background is "Camel". Her nose and her general profile made me name her that. The black ram Lamb is Shane. D3 was reading a Western when it was time to name him.

 This picture looks like Camel and Jenny were trying to figure out what to name us. Their suggestions were:
Scary I
Monsters
Ones Who Can't Be Trusted
Ferocious Monsters
Nightmares on Two Legs
Did I tell you that sheep are timid? These guys haven't been handled much, so they are rather skiddish. I'm hoping they get more used to us.


Answer: The troublemaker was the black sheep of the family! I found some interesting information on the term "black sheep". You can read it here.

UPDATE ON WENDELL: He's in good spirits. He's in his stall and resting a lot. You might ask why he's having problems again. It has to do with the emergence of green grass and the high carb count it has in the spring. Some horses just can't handle that. Once they have this problem, it becomes chronic- but usually seasonal. If you are interested, you can read about green grass laminitis here.


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19 comments:

  1. they sure are cute. and i liked their names for you. :) camel is a doll.

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  2. They are beautiful animals...I love the black one right in the center of the photo! He's a 'ham'!

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  3. Love the sheep. I wanna come visit them. Tell Wendall to get well soon.

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  4. Your Sheep are great and I like the names so far. Just a question, are these meat sheep? Or are they going to be for the wool? Will you be willing to sell me some wool when you shear? Like a whole fleece. Just curious. We only raised meat sheep and the wool even though it brought pretty good money we didn't raise them for that. So just curious. My daughter in law wants a whole fleece and every year I tell her I am going to find one for her for Christmas. I just thought I would ask. Sorry, I should have put this in an email. :)

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  5. that's funny that the black sheep IS the black sheep.
    he sure has a sweet face, though!

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  6. I hope that Wendell won't be too upset at having the sheep in the spotlight from now on. I love little lambs and I refuse to eat lamb because they are just too cute. Good luck with your herd. JB

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  7. What a cute group and I do love their names and their names for you guys. Happy weekend!

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  8. Oh, I love the sheep! So pretty!

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  9. The sheep are darling. What fun!
    Thanks for the Wendell update, and for the link. I have to be cautious with Pippin for the same reason. He hates that he can't go out and eat. We let them have an hour each day. Later, as the grass slows down, we'll add to their time.

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  10. Oh, they're lovely. Camel really is lovely... they're so different to 'our' sheep. (I feel for you having to see Wendell unwell .... :( It's horrible seeing our animals suffering)

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  11. They are cute! Maybe a black sheet wasn't worth as much as white ones because the wool was dark, probably could't be dyed so its use limited? Just a guess. The link seems to think they can be either bad or a good omen. I choose good. I like the black one!

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  12. Cute little flock of sheep- hope Wendell recovers quickly and is back out grazing soon.

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  13. the sheep are lovely! Yes, they are gentle souls, enjoy them.

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  14. They are so pretty -- but a handful it sounds, Patrice.

    I hope Wendell gets better and back to his old self soon. xoxo

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  15. Black Sheep Shane was my first guess LOL! I like the name "Nightmares On Two Legs" for you guys ...haha

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  16. My horses say to Wendell...we share your misery. I've got 3 that are drylotted due to spring clover; it's a lot easier to feed them square hay than deal with founder.
    The sheep are beautiful; I love sheep...a woman's livestock. We sheared today and I'm exhausted!

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  17. So names and labels do fit the bill sometimes? Too funny. Poor Wendel. Hope he can figure out his limitations sooner rather than later so you don't have to fret about him so. Beautiful day here in NW Indiana. 'Spose that means I have to mow my yard later today. Woo! Break out the allergy meds! ;-)


    Have a wonderful Sunday.~

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  18. black sheep, giggle. Hugs and thank you for joining in the hop fun. xo

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  19. Oh Patrice, they are so beautiful and I love the names.....it does sound like you have your hands full with them....

    So glad Wendall is doing better and Simon sends him a big hug.......

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