Catching Up – Part II

Once again, our lack of experience was on display in late August.

Our smallest lamb just seemed stupid. And we concluded some just are until we thought, perhaps something was wrong.

A visit from the vet, two vets in fact, and we learned our entire flock was anemic due to worms and that our smallest was significantly compromised. Although they were all dewormed immediately, we lost the little one. Consumed with grief, I sobbed as I carried her to the hole Todd had dug.

I don’t know that we could have saved her if we’d called sooner, she was that far along. But I do know she hopefully saved the rest of the flock. Since that day, we have spent time with each sheep. Watched each closely. Rotated the fencing every other day to get ahead of worm eggs and, come to see the personalities of each.

And the ram? He is a pussy cat. He loves to have his nose and neck rubbed and willingly lets us admire his fleece and talk stupidly to him.

Peg

2 Comments

  1. Linda Gartz on October 1, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    I was sad to hear of this loss when it happened — and now eve sadder to hear how deeply it affected you, Peggy! Those little lambs are so helpless and adorable. So much more involved in animal husbandry than meets the eye. But all a learning experience , and as you said, her weak state alerted you to the problem. A “sacrificial” lamb — who saved the rest. Something Biblical about that.

    That looks like a hot air balloon in the background behind your two sheep at left. I assume this is sunset — or sunrise? Both good ballooning times. Another pretty scene from the farm!

    • peggy.allen on October 2, 2012 at 1:49 pm

      That is a hot air balloon in the background. We’ve had several sightings at sunset. In fact, one evening the balloon went right over the house! The sheep don’t seem to care one bit!

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