We’ve been crazy busy with lambs~hope to give more of an update soon!
Sunday after church we had to hustle to get all of the odd jobs finished up that we had left from the week in order to make it to a fellowship gathering that night. Several times we thought there was no way we would be able to make it, but with a little extra oomph we finished all of our chores with time to spare and enjoyed a wonderful evening getting to know everyone a little bit better. The children enjoyed playing together while some of the adults played volleyball and others had a wonderful time in fellowship.
Later that evening they had a sing around a bonfire, unfortunately we had to leave before they started so Mark could go scout for midge but maybe next time…
Thanks to our gracious host for sharing your beautiful home with us!
Last fall Mark no-tilled in a grazing variety of winter wheat to see how the sheep would do on it. It has been growing like crazy this Spring and we turned the sheep out on part of the seeding earlier, just to see how well it would regrow…
And right now it looks beautiful! The rest of the wheat is just starting to head out…
So we decided to turn the sheep out on it a couple of days ago…
The Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater)is North America’s most notorious brood parasite. Instead of building their own nests, incubating their own eggs and raising their own nestlings, Brown-headed Cowbirds have a different breeding strategy. Cowbird females use other bird species as hosts — laying their eggs in the nests of other bird species and relying on these hosts to incubate and raise their chicks. Scientists have now recorded that Brown-headed Cowbirds have parasitized over 220 host species, ranging from the Black-capped Vireo and Wood Thrush to the Blue-winged Teal and Red-headed Woodpecker. While not all hosts make good foster parents — a number of species reject cowbird eggs — cowbird chicks have been successfully reared by over 150 host species, with songbirds comprising the majority of hosts.
With Sundays beautiful weather and the pasture grass up and growing well, we decided that after the sheep had a hardy breakfast of hay to let them out onto green luscious grass. The sheep were almost in disbelief, wondering if it was to good to be true as they ran out on the grass…
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