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Second sheep escapade

Remember how we got our sheep into the (wrong) barn on their first night?  The second herding escapade was no better.  This time, we used three adults, a tractor, three vehicles, a dog, and a horse to get the sheep into a (wrong) pen.  The good news is that we got plenty of exercise in the process.  The even…

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One month chicks

We’ve had our chicks for one month.  Here is a quick update. They grow quickly!  They have lots of feathers on their wings.  Their tail feathers are about an inch long.   They still have some fur on their heads and back. They are starting to grow combs. They are getting the hang of flying short distances. They love…

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Marty the Master of Sheep

Marty is a farmer whom I met through his daughter, Monica.  She is a PA like me.  I told her we were considering sheep and she offered her dad as a resource.  He has been very helpful.  We spent thirty minutes on the phone before we even met him.  You can tell Marty has the gift of teaching and…

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How (not) to herd sheep into the barn

1.  Be dumb.  This is a requirement if you want to (not) herd sheep. 2.  Purchase some sheep.  Bring them home.  Put them in a pasture.  Make sure the pasture is at least 5 acres.  This way you have lots of room to cover/walk/run when herding the sheep into the barn.  Smart, experienced herders would probably only put them…

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Peek a chick

The chicks are growing quickly so I decided to give them more room by cutting a new door in their brooder.  This gives them access to the rest of the chicken coop.  The first day, a couple of brave chicks walked through the door.  By the third day, all the chicks were enjoying exploring outside the brooder.  The ladies…

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Pigs are a growing

We’ve had our pigs about 45 days (I’m guessitmating).  They are surely growing, but at different rates.  One pig is the biggest, one is medium, and one is still small.  This is normal for pigs to grow at different rates as one always turns out to be more dominant.  The dominant pig eats more food than the others.  He…

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Chicks’ Second Week

We still have 11 chicks alive!  Woot, woot!  No losses have occurred since the third day of chick ownership. Who knew watching baby chickens could be so entertaining.  I’ll tell myself I’m just going to peek into the brooder for a few seconds.  Ten minutes later, I find myself entranced by the little feathered ladies.  They run around.  They jump.  They…

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Vaccinating the pups

Did you know you can buy dog vaccines at Atwood’s?  Neither did I! The guy that sold us our LGD pups kept good records of the vaccine and worming regimen he has been administering.  He told me where he got his supplies.  I was on the fence about doing it myself until I called a local vet who has…

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5 days in, 4 chicks down

The chicks have been home for 5 days. The first night, we lost two.  The second night, we lost another one.  Thankfully, these were under the 48 hour live guarantee so we got a refund.  The third day we found another dead chick.  I’ve now developed a fear of walking over to the brooder because it is no fun to come…

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Visiting a Shepard of Sheep

We are considering raising sheep, specifically hair sheep.  Hair sheep shed like a dog, so you don’t have to shear their wool.  There isn’t much of a market for wool these days and it takes a lot of time to shear them.  Hence, we are thinking of raising hair sheep. We found Thousand Oaks Ranch and called to ask about…

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