Guarding…

The sheep have been moved across the road and are enjoying new grazing.  Dugur loves to sit atop the hill and keep look-out.

 

Yesterday morning two dogs pushed through the fence.  I believe without Dugur there these dogs would have had a hay day chasing sheep.  Instead Dugur pushed all the sheep into the far corner of the pasture and he positioned himself in between the dogs and sheep not letting the dogs get close.  It was too neat!  

When retrieving the offenders they did not want to come back through the electric fence.  Hopefully having had a taste of the electricity they will stay out. These dogs have been allowed to roam loose and have been spotted a ways from their house running down the main road that is busy with traffic.   The dogs were returned to their owner who did not seem too concerned that they were running loose and in with the sheep and seemed quite rude.   We have heard about  the damage dogs can do just having a good time.    Hopefully though the electric fence was enough to convince them that they won’t want to go back in.  But in the meantime…

 

I’m glad Dugur is on duty!

Prince Charming?

Dugur and Sheep at Sunset last night...

Dugur and Sheep at Sunset last night...

Today while weeding Tori let out a scream like…well… like a girl that just accidentally touched a toad instead of a weed!  I’m sure the neighbors wondered who was just murdered, it was so loud!   As the girls ran the other way from the toad, Garrett had a look of excitement wash over his face as he ran toward the source of the scream and found the little hopper.  They decided to hold  him captive in a big bowl until the little kids woke up.  Eventually Tori even kinda warmed up to him and you can tell she’s wondering…
Tori's Prince Charming?

Tori's Prince Charming?

 

Whatcha think?

Whatcha think?

Prince Toady...

Prince Toady...

I’m afraid for her that this might be the only Prince Charming her father will be allowing in the house for quite some time! LOL ;0)
He's even kinda cute!

He's even kinda cute!

Teigen is not too sure...

Teigen is not too sure...

 

After they were done checking him out they let it go back out in the shady corn patch to eat more bugs and to hopefully live happily-ever-after!

Growing lambs…

This time of year we are busy moving sheep, trying to keep them on fresh pasture and trying to keep the grass growing.   Ewes are fattening back up after growing lambs.  Lambs are growing and developing and just changing.  I was busy taking a couple of pictures last night and this morning and decided to update the pictures of  the lambs…
Bandit is turning out to be such a nice ram with his wide horns, lovely fleece and great confirmation...

Bandit a horned spotted moorit ram Icelandic lamb...

Bandit is turning out to be such a nice ram with his wide horns, lovely fleece and great conformation.

Beautiful Bianca...

Beautiful Bianca...

Bianca is turning out simply beautiful in her chocolate moorit fleece…

Black Licorice is a black grey horned Icelandic ram lamb...

Black Licorice is a black grey horned Icelandic ram lamb...

Black Licorice is nearly the size of his mother and is growing so nicely, he is incredibly stout in build and has such thick wide horns.  His fleece is tremendously thick and very soft.

Briar is a black grey ewe lamb...

Briar is a black grey ewe lamb...

Briar looks somewhat like a clown with her little ruffle.

Beau is a moorit grey mouflon ram lamb...

Beau is a moorit grey mouflon ram lamb...

Beau is living up to his name of beautiful.  He has the prettiest fleece and has excellent confirmation.

Tori in with the animals...

Tori in with the animals...

Before we moved the sheep this last time Tori had to catch Butterscotch as the terrain is becoming a little more steep, maybe too steep for the calf.

The hillside...

The hillside...

Blink is a black spotted ram lamb...

Blink is a black spotted ram lamb...

I just love his black and white horns! 

Brindle is a spotted moorit grey ewe...

Brindle is a spotted moorit grey ewe...

I just love her color and her pattern, she is the only brown spotted ewe we ended up with this year.

Bistro is a black horned ram lamb with flashing...

Bistro is a black horned ram lamb with flashing...

Bistro was the one who had the three terrible abscesses in his cheek from the cheat grass.  Look at how well he has healed!

Bliss is a black grey ewe lamb...

Bliss is a black grey ewe lamb...

I was so excited when Bliss arrived, I had always wanted an Icelandic sheep that was grey and we ended up having two solid black grey ewe lambs this year!

Dugur busy watching the flock...

Dugur busy watching the flock...

I hope to take a few more pictures of the other lambs and update them too.

Friday Farm Daze…

Catching up on a busy week…

Dugur on alert...

Dugur on alert...

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Daisy
Daisy

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One year ago today...

One year ago today...

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Lambs on pasture...

Lambs on pasture...

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Leeks...
Leeks…

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Columbine...

Columbine...

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Pinata fun...

Pinata fun...

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Weeding...

Weeding...

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Needed:Bird netting
Needed:Bird Netting

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Bird

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Iris

Iris

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Boys n' Dogs...

Boys n' Dogs...

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Shorn

Shorn

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Peaceful evenings...

Peaceful evenings...

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Cherry 'maters
Cherry ‘maters

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First's...

First's...

A Visitor…

Yesterday afternoon Dugur our LGD sounded off his warning cry.  Of course Zayne was about ready to go down for a nap so I sent one of the kids to see what he was barking at.  A few minutes later I recieved the official report back of “I dunno?”  After Zayne had drifted off, Dugur was still barking up a storm so I headed out to see what was up.  When I looked out into the pasture Dugur was jumping up and down and barking at something on the ground around the stock tank.  Goaty was nearby and is due to kid so I thought maybe she had kidded and that was what he was barking at.  As I got closer one of the whethers decided he needed a drink and Dugur walked in front of him and wouldn’t let him have access to the waterer.  When I jumped over the fence I was finally able to see what had him sooo upset…

Dugur protecting his flock from this ferocious thing...

Dugur protecting his flock from this ferocious thing...

A nice Western Painted Turtle, Chrysemys picta bellii, made her way up from the river to mingle amongst the sheep!
Western Painted Turtle

Western Painted Turtle

Why they are called a "Painted" Turtle, it's beautiful plastron...

Why they are called a "Painted" Turtle, it's beautiful plastron...

Moving along...

A beautiful olive green carapace...

We just studied turtles earlier in the year so it was fun to look this guy over and review. 
The kids looking her over...

The kids looking her over...

They hung on to her just long enough to show dad when he got home from work and then left her to go on her way again…
Moving along...

Moving along...

 It’s nice to know that Dugur will protect the sheep…from a ferocious turtle anyway!

 

A couple of years ago on the 4th of July at the Fortine Creek we ran into this guy…

Busy swimming...

Busy swimming...

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Another Painted Turtle...

Another Painted Turtle...

At Last…

So whether it was all the jostling on Saturday or whether it was just her time Esja decided to finally lamb last night at about 9:00 to a large, single, black grey ewe lamb weighing 10 lbs. 6 oz. (average birth weight for Icelandic Sheep is between 6-8lbs) .  She was well worth the wait.  Tori has had the responsibility of feeding and watering her and reporting any changes,  so yesterday after rushing through morning chores before church Tori told me she thought she would lamb later on that day.

(Sorry the barn pictures are a bit fuzzy and funky!)

Esja hours before birth...

Esja hours before birth...

  So throughout the day we kept an eye on her and she went ahead and lambed when we were busy working in the garden so we missed the grand entrance, but that’s ok.  So Tori was right and turning into quite the little shepherdess!  Esja is a first time mom and we were a little worried how she would do as she is really shy and bit flighty but she is doing wonderfully!  When we checked on her last night she was busily cleaning up  her lamb and standing to let her nurse.  We’ll probably keep them in the jug for the rest of the week until the lamb is a little larger before turning them out on pasture with the rest of the flock as we’ve had eagles and hawks and a pesky fox that has been enjoying chicken breakfasts and probably wouldn’t mind a tasty lamb, all visiting us daily.

Briar the newest addition...

Briar the newest addition...

Esja with her new lamb Briar...

Esja with her new lamb Briar...

Getting a quick snack...

Getting a quick snack...

The mountains socked in today...

The mountains socked in today...

On Sunday the weather was just right…cool enough to wear a long sleeved shirt but warm enough to wear sandals.  And then in the middle of night I heard the rain tapping down on the roof and was still raining when we went up to do chores.  So far we have gotten 4/10th’s of an inch of rain that we have badly needed.  The pasture has been looking a bit stressed and this is perking it up nicely.
Bellah by the time we got back to the house...

Bellah by the time we got back to the house...

Final count: 10 ewe lambs to 9 ram lambs

Friday Farm Daze…

Catching up on the past week…

 

Happy Birthday Boy

Happy Birthday Boy

 

A strawberry!

A strawberry!

 

A calf shed turned chicken coop...

A calf shed turned chicken coop-hopefully fox proof!

 

Sawyer's corn is up! Now if the pheasant would stay away...

Sawyer's corn is up! Now if the pheasant would stay away...

Cloth Diapers on the line...

Cloth Diapers on the line...

Boys Bounty...

Boys Bounty...

Tranquility...

Tranquility...

Lettuce starts...

Lettuce starts...

Chicks growing...

Chicks growing...

Rhubarb starts *finally* popping!  One of those things that I thought we buried instead of planting...

Rhubarb starts *finally* popping! One of those things that I thought we buried instead of planting...

Bees building comb...

Bees building comb...

Blueberry blooms

Blueberry Blossoms...

Walking...

Walking...

 

Pasture perfect…

That doesn’t exactly describe our pasture, but rather where the animals prefer to be… ;0)
Dugur watching...

Dugur watching...

~Bliss~ enjoying the pasture...

~Bliss~ enjoying the pasture...

~Blush~ eatin' it up...

~Blush~ eatin' it up...

~Butterscotch~

~Butterscotch~

Blue Andalusian hen...

Blue Andalusian hen...

~Breve and Bistro~

~Breve and Bistro~

~Bruno~

~Bruno~

Lambs enjoying...

Lambs enjoying...

A brief mountain snow...

A brief mountain snow...

Soon to happen...spring shearing!

Soon to happen...spring shearing!

Chicken Love…

What’s not to love about chickens?
(Besides mean roosters!)
Teigen, Bellah and Mrs Rhodey

Teigen, Bellah and Mrs Rhodey

With their new additions the boys have been busy collecting eggs…
Hayden checking for eggs...

Hayden checking for eggs...

They've been busy washing and sorting eggs too!

They've been busy washing and sorting eggs too!

And simpley loving them- Don't ya know chickens need hugs too!

And simpley loving them- Don't ya know chickens need hugs too!

(Don’t ya love this picture Sawyer took?)
Egg Count:

Egg Count:

16 Eggs Today