Last of the lambs.

All the ewes have lambed now. Raina and Tirzah were the last two ewes to lamb.

Raina and her lamb. He is the most photogenic of all the lambs I have tried photographing. All his pictures look absolutely adorable.img_5365_001img_5456_001img_5455_001

This year we have so many lambs playing on there moms like this. Normally there are none. It is not really good on the fleece when they do this, but it is really cute.img_5813_001img_5815_001img_5466_001

These are Tirzah’s, (you can see her in the background of this picture) and this is her ram.img_5831_001img_5829_001

Tirzah’s ewe. Elaine really likes her little white ears.img_5833_001img_5912_001img_5983_001img_5978_001

Dyeing.

Mom and I have tried to dye several times in the past without phenomenal success. All we would get was slightly funny colors and coarse fiber. But, because dyeing is really neat, we decided to try again, and this time they came out really nice!

Here is my Angora bunny fiber.img_5318_001And this is the raw fiber of one of the fleeces mom used. Both of the fleeces that she used where blue-faced crosses.img_5315_001This is the very soft combed fiber of each of the fleeces. The one on the right is the same as above and  will be periwinkle, the one on the left will be aztec gold._mg_5393_001The Angora cooking in periwinkle._mg_5321_001Mom’s fleece._mg_5379_001Here are both of them finished and dried._mg_5619_001img_5624_001And now this is the second batch. Aztec gold._mg_5566_001_mg_5557_001_mg_5597_001_mg_5672_001The periwinkle we are planning on blending with some of Jemima’s wool, a black fleece with some graying._mg_5606_001Starting in the upper left hand corner and moving clockwise is the aztec gold by itself, the periwinkle by itself, the black mixed with the blue, the black by itself, or the black mixed with the gold. And in the center is the blue and gold mixed together._mg_5644_001

The rabbit is shorn.

I have now, for the first time, clipped my Angora rabbit. Excluding waste, I got 4 oz. worth of fiber. It is so exciting to finally have fiber off of him.

So this is what he looked like before I clipped him.img_5186_001

Me working on clipping him.img_5214_001

Ohhh! Look how soft it is .img_5215_001

About a third of the way done.img_5226_001

 

And now he is shorn.img_5243_001img_5248_001

He was very patient with me learning what was the best way to clip him. As you can see it looks pretty choppy so I still have a bit of learning to do, but boy is he glad to have it off!

(photo credits for the second third and fourth picture: Matthew Nowakowski)

Finally! More Shetlands.

Two more of our Shetlands have lambed. The binoculars have been sitting at the window for several days now. Every few hours we look out to see if there are any new lambs. (We’re not at all anxious for more Shetland babies are we?)

Ophelia with her triplets. Well, you can not quite see all three. If you notice the blue on the one lambs leg, that is a splint. While doing chores the other evening we found that one of the ram lamb’s was not walking on one of his legs. When we caught him we discovered that the little guy had somehow broken his leg.img_5094_001

 

Elaine, she loves taking care of the baby lambs.img_5101_001img_5103_001img_5102_001

 

Lambing season is the best time to work with the ewes in getting them to become friendlier. When you grab the lambs the mamas will come up to you and you can work on getting them used to your smell and being handled. Ophelia is one of our best moms.img_5107_001

 

Josephina and her two little rams.img_5162_001

 

I would like to take a moment here to explain how Josephina got her name.  She was born a triplet on a very cold day.  We went out to check the lambs and found her colder and weaker than her brother and sister. We felt if we did not get her warmed up she was not going to make it. So she was brought inside and we cut the sleeve off of a sweater that was destined for Goodwill and put it on her to help her stay warm.img_4045Because of the colorfulness of the sweater it made us think of Joseph in Genesis and his coat of many colors, so, all we did was make the name feminine.

Again, Josephina’s rams. These two will probably fade out like their mom.img_5138_001img_5146_001

 

The co-mingling of the chickens with the sheep. I think chickens where made to live with sheep; they fit so perfectly together.img_5164_001img_5088_001img_5118_001

We always try to come up with fun or unique names for our Shetlands (like Josephina), These are two ewe lambs from Adah that we need names for. Any suggestions? They were born on Easter Sunday.img_5158_001