After letting Thing 1 (one of Loretta’s February twins) enjoy the company of the remaining two Romney ewes and the biggest of the April ewe lambs, we sold him to a neighbouring farm so that he could finish the winter with a small Icelandic flock.
He didn’t mind his trip in the back of the truck, and seems to be settling in well.
Luke is with his familiar flock, and it’s always interesting to see who steps aside for him, and who holds their own at the feeder.
Not surprisingly, Buffy is the one most likely to stand her ground. She seems to be able to tell when Luke’s retreat backwards is just a bluff, or when he is actually going to make a charge (at which time she moves at the last second, with a sheepish smirk on her face).
And the biggest news of the winter so far is the addition of 5 more ewe lambs, relatives of our original dorset x suffolk flock (but not related to Luke, which will allow for even more flock expansion next year). They are just a couple of weeks younger than our lambs from Easter, and they seem to be blending in with our crew, although not yet so brave and bold. They have less apathy for Hazel, and one of them seems to have Stomper’s technique with her feet (with about the same response of indifference from Hazel as Stomper has always received). Thing 2 has decided he is in charge of helping the new girls settle in, and it’s funny to see him showing off his new bouncy side. Particularly funny, given that he’s a wether.
Now we just have to come up with names…I think it is a good idea to have themes for the various flocks so that we can keep track of who is related to whom, how old the ewes are, etc. We already have the Elizabethans (Shakespeare heroines), and the Folk Singers. Last April’s group was named by a few of the various youth in our lives, so there isn’t as much of a theme, although their names all tend to suit them well. Any ideas for our new group of 5? ~hj