Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Meet the Flockers

I thought it was about time for an update on our little ewe, Blossom. She’s doing great! She’s over 12 lbs now and spends some time each day with her Mom, Aunties, siblings & cousins in the barn. I’m hoping eventually she’ll come to feel more at home out there. She takes her bottles of lamb milk replacer with enthusiasm & loves nibbling hay & grain.

Most of Blossom’s sheepy antics, though, take place in the house. In the evenings, she gets a burst of energy & acts like a little Road Runner (from Buggs Bunny cartoons), except that she says “Ma-a-a-a-a” instead of “Meep Meep”. She tears around the house and at times the front end is going at a different pace than the back end. There are jumps straight up into the air, & general cavorting. She has figured out how to climb stairs, but not how to get down again. She’s a very busy & inquisitive little girl. It’s much like having a toddler around.

All the other births this year were rams. All the boys are doing well with their Mommies in the barn. One has been a bottle baby - that’s Demetri, whose Mom, Pebbles got mastitis. She regained some function on that side, so Demetri now gets most of his milk from her, but he still likes a bottle once a day. He is a little squirt by comparison to his burly brother, Cosmo, so I figure he needs it.

So here are some photos - Blossom’s brothers, Elmer (brown) & Finnegan (black), and Gabriel with his Mom, Anemarie. They’re all Romeldales, and Gabriel has the CVM (California Variegated Mutant) color markings. Otherwise, they’re all the same breed.


Blogger d2 said...

no matter now many times I read the story or see the pictures, I break out into a huge smile.

7:31 AM  

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