Sisters!

Patchwork Badger and Patchwork Elsa are my eleven year old daughters of Jacquee’s Junco.

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Badger and Elsa were such cute lambs!

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Both were bred to Kenleigh’s Casanova last fall for 2016 lambs. I staggered putting the ewes in. Elsa went in 2 weeks before Badger.  But, still..they are sisters…

March 22 morning..
Elsa’s birthing was one the easiest I’ve ever seen. I could see her out the window. Lay down, put nose in air, push, have a lamb. Easy peasy and welcome to Ellie

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Badger took a bit longer and required a minor intervention. But all ended well.  Hi Marloe!

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The sisters and their sister lambs.

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Elsa had a bit of a tussle during a time away and manged to break both laterals in a hay feeder. I take the blame for the one broken top.  Note the solid cores that are still apparent.

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Lambs – 6, 7, 9, 10, 11

Things don’t always go just perfectly.

 

Lambs 6 & 7 were birthed easily and quickly on March 11. The first Spot Hollow Ace lambs look good!

Patchwork Scooter – 4 horned ram

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He’s a blue eyed boy with a great fleece

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His twin brother, Polka (dots) is another four horned blue eyed boy

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Lamb 8’s picture won’t be shared.  St. Jude’s Sissy had the “look” on March 10. After a bit she wandered off to be alone.  Labor started but there was no water bag. This is often an indication of a breech birth (although there are other worse case scenarios). Sissy is a friendly ewe who doesn’t mind me being around her. I was able to do a quick exam while she was laying down. Definitely not feet first as would be the optimal delivery.  I went to get gloves and hollered at Dave to be around in case I needed him. By the time I got back (2 minutes), the delivery was in process. Sissy delivered on her own.  Lambing keeps me humble and reminds me that I haven’t seen everything even after 23 years.  The sac was so thick and opaque that I wasn’t really sure there was a lamb in there until I opened it. Sissy, great mother that she is, was working hard to clean and revive her baby.  From the looks, the lamb died before labor started. Baby 9 probably instigated labor.
Happily, she delivered baby 9 shortly after.
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Meet Patchwork Sterling – St. Jude’s Sissy x Kenleigh’s Casanova.

I didn’t have breeding date for Sweetgrass Gavotte. She’s been huge forever!  Early morning check on 3/12 found her with two cleaned, up and nursing lambs sired by Spot Hollow Ace.

 

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Patchwork Minstrel  – 4 horned ram

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Patchwork Allegra – 4 horned ewe.

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Remember me?

It’s been so long since I wrote a blog post! If you are subscribed to my blog, you are probably getting this and saying “who?”

It has been a year of more computer duties than usual with not much time for sitting down and musing in my blog. Not much time for sitting down at all, come to think of it. Forget musing.

With the start of 2016 lambs comes the inspiration to revive the blog.

Patchwork Marabelle took a look at the calendar and said “it’s time!” Patchwork Rolex (because he was right on time)  was born just before midnight on 3/7. He’s a handsome two horned boy sired by Kenleigh’s Casanova.

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Just after midnight on 3/8, Patchwork Tempo delivered a flashy ram lamb. Last year this same cross produced a lilac ram that was barely 15% color. It pays to try again.  Patchwork Joker because genetics has a sense of humor.
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The afternoon of 3/8, Patchwork Praline found a sunny spot and delivered the first ewe of the season and Chester’s Banjo’s first lamb. Brio is full of vitality!
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Wednesday was a day off for the ewes.

Thursday noon, Patchwork Jazz walked down the hill and delivered the first set of twins of 2016. Banjo is doing a good job. Patchwork Ella (in front) and her brother, Patchwork Domino. Ella and Domino and Jazz.
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Lambs are so much fun!!

 

 

 

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The Issue of Horns (or a horny issue)

Because I haven’t blogged in forever and because someone asked me about ewe lamb laterals, I decided to answer via my blog. If you don’t care about laterals, you can stop at the sunflower.
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Everyone that raises 4 horned Jacob Sheep knows how hard those ewe lambs can be on their laterals. And we all know the nail biting time while we wait to see if those laterals are going to really be horns. Or will they be scurs?

While my favorite ewe lambs show up with strong horns from the beginning like Sashay
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some ewe lambs take a little longer to develop strong laterals. You can generally feel the horn core beneath the surface, but you can’t always see it. Lisha’s horns at 3 months certainly don’t look very promising.

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I was glad when she broke them. The blood is actually a good sign. It shows that she has a true horn core.

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Just over a week later, she shows a strong horn beginning to grow. Although it’s abit hard to see in the picture, the “nub” is very firm and just under an inch in diameter.

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Don’t despair too quickly on those slow developing ewe lambs. If you can feel a core, patience will likely pay off!

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April Showers….

Bring …
Mushrooms..

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and mud…

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and mud creatures..

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(I have to confess that I did move the salamander a few feet to pose him under the four leafed clover. The old fashioned way of setting up pictures, before Photoshop)

and mothers..

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In preparation for next week’s shearing, I discovered that Momma Wren had chosen to build a nest in a basket of fleece sitting on my work table.

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A cardboard box on top of the basket gave her a narrow entrance into her cave. I moved the box to get a picture of the eggs. It has been replaced. Wrens are pretty tolerant of humans if you don’t get too close. I’ll be using a different table in the fleece room for a while!  It’s good luck to have a wren nest in your house.

A four leafed clover and nest of wren eggs! What a great year!
And … maybe, with some luck … there will be May flowers.

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The Thing About Blogging…

is that when I find I have time to blog it’s because nothing is going on. When I do have something going on, I don’t have time to blog.

Lambing started here on March 2 with twin rams from Sweetgrass Gavotte and Kenleigh’s Casanova

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Ten days later, the lamb count is up to ten lambs from six ewes with six more ewes left to lamb.

Lambs are posted on our website LAMB PAGE as they are born.

Soon there will be time and news all at once and I’ll be back with a chatty blog post.

But for now…

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I’m outside watching the lambs play.

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Snow Day

A snow day in Georgia is about as rare as….a blog post from Patchwork Farm!

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Tempo has plenty of fresh water, but she prefers snow

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Loretta, a Wisconsin native, wonders about all the fuss over a little bit of snow

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The rams just want to eat

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And Dorothy prefers a day by the fire

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As novel as a snow day is, I’m ready for spring..
and new lambs!

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