What a week! With great spring weather, we've been outside working on projects. You know the old adage, work on the farm is never done. Bev built some more feeders for the sheep, and we got those installed. Today we built a creep area for the lambs using pallets to separate it from the general feed area.
The shearer was here yesterday, and confirmed that we still have 5 more first time ewes to lamb. Looks like we could be lambing into late May. He took all the fleece from the white faced ewes, and we kept the rest. We're learning that wool buyers don't want any fleece from black faced sheep as they could have spare black hairs running anywhere in the pelt.
We're replacing our ram (black face) with a white face this year. He was going to be replaced anyway because we're not totally happy with his performance.
The two first-time goats chose to go into to labor simultaneously Thursday night. They presented us with a pair of twins each. Annie, our multicolored doe was clueless on her first, but cleaned and cared for her second while I helped the first get a full belly of colostrum. She had her two early in the evening just an hour apart.
Posey (our black doe) was the slowpoke.We had figured she'd kid first, but surprise... She waited until about 1am to have her first one. She was totally clueless, and uninterested in what she had done. Same thing with her second kid.
Good news was that Cindy and I were there. We knew better than to leave these two alone. Now, our goat shed is about 8 x 10 feet and slopes from 4 feet to 5 feet roof line. We have to crawl through the door, and then stay on our hands and knees all the time. Even after spending the night in there with the goats, we have no plans to raise the roofs. The lower line helps conserve heat in the winter.
Cindy has also been working on Phase II of her aquaponics system. She purchased a 275 gal IBC and has cut it into a couple of pieces. It as a real test to get the pieces into the greenhouse. (Note: the next hoop houses will have much larger doors.) We had to dismantle the original blue barrel system, and this new one sits in the same place. The barrels will sit on top of the south side garden box once this year's seedlings are out of there.
Give me a day or two and I'll have some new stories and pictures up on our main web site, http://fourcountrygals.com.