Sunny, one of our sheep, had twin lambs this morning. With the kids' help, they have been name Frost (female, really white) and Cookie (male, cream with tan markings). They are all doing great and already running around playing. They are so mischievous that Cookie already got himself accidentally relocated to the goat pen tonight for a short time. They seem to be getting along fine with Duck and Chicken, who are now a couple weeks old. We are now up to EIGHT sheep, and expecting a couple more before the winter is through. Exciting times here at 47 Daisies!!!
Our first lambs were born on Monday night to our ewe, Cleo!! It is always exciting to head to the barn in the wee hours of the morning to check the animals and be greeted by two fuzzy lambs nursing their mom!!! Upon seeing that Cleo had given birth, I called Harmony on the phone and immediately a parade of kids (first Kade, and soon after Eilah and Basil) come tearing down the hill with flashlights in tow to see the new additions. Both baby lambs are healthy and seem to be adjusting well!!
Even though these lambs are slated for meat in about 6-9 months, we decided that they should have names. I thought that because there was a chance of thunderstorms today that "Storm" would be a good name for the brown lamb, and because it is December "Christmas" would make a good name for the white lamb. I suggested these names to Harmony and the kids and Eilah's response was....."NO....the brown one is "Duck" and the white one is "Chicken!" She has proceeded to be adamant since they were born that their names are Duck and Chicken.........so long story, short.........Duck and Chicken have joined the farm and I am sure they will approve of their somewhat unique names!!
Dylan drove to Quitman and picked up 4 Katahdin sheep last Saturday.....in his Subaru. It was pretty comical, especially since he arrived home with them during the Produce Sale and CSA pickups. He definitely got a few looks when he pulled in the driveway. He convinced his friend from work to ride along with him so the sheep wouldn't get in the front seat on the way home. :) No disasters except for the whole back of his car being filled with sheep poop.
Katahdins are hair sheep, so there will be no need to shear them. This is good because of the climate we live in and because of their purpose on our farm. We obtained these beauties specifically for meat production. The four pictured will be used to breed lambs for meat sales. We will be selling frozen lamb by the pound directly from the farm room at the produce sale on Saturdays! We have 1 ram (Lewis) and 3 ewes (Cleo, Sunny and Pumpkin).
Lamb meat is a very lean meat that is good for you. You can find more about that here; http://www.sheep101.info/lamb.html. We are VERY EXCITED to be able to add this to our farm products to offer you!!
Dylan and Harmony, whichever of us have the time to sit down and write for a few minutes. : )