Fence update

The fence is continuing to go up. The hardest part is over, (putting in all the posts) and now comes the unrolling, tightening, and stapling down of the fence.

While the men work on putting up the fence the rest of us work on picking out the millions and millions of burrs (that may be a slight exaggeration) that are in the pasture. Thankfully Mom came up with the idea of using latex gloves to wear while picking them so this time around we came away unscathed and are fortunately not having to pick burr hairs out of our hands for days afterwards. That is a big blessing!

Mama hen & her growing chick

It’s been many years since we have had a hen get broody, but this Black Australorp hen did just that this summer hatching out only one of the three eggs she was setting on. We’ve had a lot of fun watching the natural process take place, from laying to setting to hatching to mama’s training. This little chick has learned foraging much faster than her older pullet coop-mates from following and watching mama.

Young chick is in the forefront keeping up with the older hens foraging.

Breeding Groups

We’ve separated the ewes into three different breeding groups. We have our small flock of purebred Shetlands with our beautiful ram Martinique.

Martinique all the way to the left. Nice solid beautiful ram with a gorgeous set of horns.

We then have two groups that we call our more commercial flock. These are crossbred ewes all with a little Shetland in them for hardiness and the strong ability to thrive, then some with Dorset, Blue Faced Leicester, Cheviot, and Rideau Arcott. We use these ewes primarily for producing our meat lambs.

Our newest Blue Faced Leicester ram for breeding. Can’t wait to see his lambs!