Oakley - born 4/20/12
Olivia born 4/20/12 with her mother Starr and twin brother Oakley behind her.
Hello from Maybelle Farm. The lambs have finally arrived and it's so exciting. On Friday morning Star had little twin lambs. Bill, Agathe, Olivia and Emma Hoos helped me with the delivery. Star did a fantastic job and had a very straight forward, good birth. First came a beautiful little 5 lb. Kalmoget ram lamb we named Oakley. Next was a tiny little 4 lb. Moorit ewe we named Olivia. After Star cleaned them all up and they had nursed well, we moved them all to their own clean stall. My "student nurse" Emma with her purple rubber gloves held the bottle of iodine and the scissors, while my assistant "Dr. Olivia" with her purple rubber gloves cut the cord and dipped the cord in iodine. We then weighed each little lamb and came out of the stall. Everyone was doing fine so we cleaned up and waited for the next birth.
Yesterday was Rowan Kathleen's 8th birthday and I went to the barn to do chores. I asked Jonathan to call the Hoos family and they arrived at the barn for Colby to lamb. The delivery was not progressing as it should so Bill, Agathe and Emma went to do some errands. Olivia and I waited and watched, then realized that things were not working how they should. We went to the farmhouse to get Todd to help us. While we were in the house, on our camera screen (our closed circuit TV feed from the barn) we saw a head, but no feet! Oh my goodness, there comes a lamb! We raced back to the barn but Colby could not deliver the lamb. We got her into a small stall and Todd checked! Both front legs were back, the little lamb was breathing but Colby couldn't push him out. Todd was able to help her deliver a beautiful Moorit ram lamb we named Odin. The second lamb popped right out about 5 minutes after the first one and we named him Otis. Otis is Moorit with one fawn ear and is full of energy. I am going to attach some pictures of these adorable little babies. We are now waiting on Lyra who looks to be about a week or more behind these other two mother sheep. I will keep you posted as to when she has her baby or babies!
I took Declan to Flood Brook school to meet Darcy, as it was visiting/screening day for the incoming kindergarten students. He was a little nervous but excited too. He even got to ride on a school bus. My sister Bev went with us to Londonderry and I stopped and picked up stuff for lunch. It was hailing when we left Wardsboro to go to Londonderry and has rained a couple of times this afternoon. Its pretty nippy out tonight and I've shut the barn to try to keep the Moms/lambs warmer. Well that is all from Maybelle Farm for tonight. Goodnight from Maybelle MaMa.
Starr feeding her babies - Oakley and Olivia
Hello from Maybelle Farm. Its Tuesday April 17th and we yes we survived another shearing day at the farm!!!!!! WHEWWWWWWWW!!! Craig and Philo Marcotte arrived at noon and we finished at 5:45 p.m. They sheared, wormed and trimmed hooves on 37 sheep and I am over the moon excited about some of the fleeces. I love every fleece but it's so exciting to see the fleece from some of our Shetland cross sheep. Clementine and Chet are a Coopworth/Shetland cross from Tinka and Luther. Clementine had a 9 lb. fleece of stunning white lambs wool! Chet had 8 1/2/ lbs of charcoal sparkling lambs wool. Chloe and Cecil are twins from Juliette that is a Coopworth/Shetland cross. I bred Juliette with Thistle and so Chloe had a dark moorit 8 lb. lambs wool fleece. Cecil had a dark charcoal sparkling 8 lb. lambs wool fleece. My beautiful white Custer that is a pure Shetland had a lovely white lambs wool fleece with an incredible crimp. I have some amazing fleeces this spring and can't wait to skirt some of them.
Maggie, Cedar and Flopsy from the Hoos Farm did a wonderful job being sheared. It was Maggie and Cedar's first shearing and they look like little fawns now. Bill, Agathe, Olivia and Emma Hoos arrived at 10:30 a.m. to help us with shearing and I am so grateful for all their hard work. I know Darcy and Todd appreciated their help and it made the day go a lot quicker and easier. Darcy and Todd have their own system down to a science on shearing day, so to have extra help is always so nice. I got up early and made 6 dozen donuts and had juice, soda, bottled water, brownies, etc... Then Agathe arrived with lots of chips, cookies, etc... I ordered grinders and bulkies from the store for lunch and it was a great day. Oh yes, about 20 minutes after I got home, my phone rang and our neighbor said there was a sheep running down the road out in the gully. I called Darcy and said I would be right up. By the time I got to the farmhouse, Darcy was out at the barn opening a gate and letting Vinca back into the pasture. Vinca had let herself out under a gate in the front pasture that Darcy had cleaned, spray painted and put back without the rabbit-wire. That meant that Vinca could scoot out under the gate and go for a little stroll around the farm!
I was not quite sure I could get out of bed this morning but I'm up and functioning.......sort of! My poor Java has very sore front hooves and I gave her some Banamine and shut her in a stall with Aphrodite for a couple of days. Poor Old Tally was shivering so I let her out mid-day to warm up. I want them to be out in the sun but then you have to worry that they will get sun-burned! Tonight the temp is supposed to drop to 28 degrees. Yesterday in the high 80's so no wonder the sheep are shivering. I'm going to shut the barn tonight and possibly put a sweater on Tally!
Craig said he thought that Colby will have her lambs in this next week. Star probably will be next and Lyra doesn't look very big but maybe she will just have one small little lamb. It will be a very good feeling when lambing is over. I'm always so glad when shearing and lambing is behind us.
This is school vacation week for Darcy, Rowan and Declan. They are going to Johnstown,NY to visit Todd's mother and so I will be on lamb watch here at the farm. I will be busy here setting up portable fence and moving sheep around for grazing. It's supposed to rain this weekend and we certainly can use it. I hope it will make the grass grow fast. The sheep certainly can take the grass down very quickly.
Tomorrow is my son David's birthday and I think I will make him a pecan pie for his birthday. My granddaughter Rowan Kathleen will have her 8th birthday this coming Monday April 23rd. Well I have to go start something for supper and then go do chores. It has been a very nice day here at Maybelle Farm. So-long from Maybelle MaMa.
Our pregnant ewes: Star, Lyra & Colby
Hello again from Maybelle Farm. It's Friday April 6th, 2012 and another beautiful sunny day. The sheep are all very happy to be out and grazing and the grass is slowly starting to come along. The Vet was here to give the CD & T shots to Colby, Lyra and Star and yes there will be lambs at Maybelle Farm within the next 2-3 weeks. Shearing will take place on Monday April 16th and I will be so glad to have that over!. Olivia and Bill Hoos will be bringing Flopsy, Maggie and Cedar to the farm on Thursday April 14th because they will be away for a couple of days and the sheep need to be here for shearing. I counted up the brown leaf bags today and am trying to get things cleaned up and ready for shearing. I took some pictures of the three pregnant ewes to see a before shearing picture and then I will do an after shearing picture!
I went to the River Spinners Guild meeting last night and we will have a table at the Wild and Wooly Week-end event in Proctorsville,Vt. Each Guild member was asked to bring marked items to be sold at this event. Alison Schantz and Jenna Konesko will go with me to the event. We will set up our table and sell items that week-end. I am planning to be there unless lambs arrive that week-end! It should be a fun time as the Pointe Hotel is a beautiful facility and there are some wonderful vendors that will be there.
This Sunday will be my last day at my current job for home care. I have to take some time off for all the work here at the farm. Its really hard to manage everything, so for now I need to be home at the farm. My grandson Declan's 5th birthday was yesterday and we made a birthday cake in a star pan that was my mother's. We had a little birthday party at my sister Bev's house and my brother Burdette and his wife Rosalee came to have cake and ice cream. My granddaughter Rowan will have her 8th birthday on April 23rd. Wow, the grandchildren certainly are growing up quickly. My son David will have a birthday on April 18th and be 37 yrs. old............how did my baby get to be that old?????? My daughter was 41 yrs. old on March 13th...........My husband Jonathan will be 71 on May 1st. My son's children ( my granddaughter Ella) will be 5 yrs. old on June 29th and her brother (my grandson) Austin will be 10 yrs. old on July 9th.
Tomorrow I will be working around the farm cleaning up and putting away things that need to be taken care of. Next Saturday is the first of two farm visits for the students that were in my after school Fiber Fun Classes. There were 19 students in the Wardsboro group and 10 students in the Townshend group. They were given the choice to come before shearing or after lambing. I hope that it is broken up into two smaller groups and now all 29 students show up on the same day! WHEEEEE!
Well its time to go fix supper and then I think Rowan is coming for her sleepover. So-long from Maybelle MaMa.