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Some of this year's Shetland lambs

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1 Some of this year's Shetland lambs on Thu May 16, 2013 11:06 pm

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Guess which one is the ram?

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2 Re: Some of this year's Shetland lambs on Thu May 16, 2013 11:07 pm

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The ram, Orpheus, is to be weaned next week, at 8 weeks old (he is already sold and will go to his new home almost immediately). 8 weeks sounds so early but watching how he behaves I won't wait a moment longer. No more "mystery lambs" for me!

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3 Re: Some of this year's Shetland lambs on Fri May 17, 2013 7:07 am

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Wow, I have never had anything to do with sheep before. This year I am seeing all kinds. Well, maybe I am just taking note of sheep that's all. After getting a half lamb and eating it almost all up, I have interest in lambs and sheep now Shocked

Very nice pictures Heda, they are pretty. I have a couple of fleece from a Suffolk X north Cheviat (think that is what is called), a virgin ewe shearing. I am giving the bag of wool to my Sister-in-Law who is going to do something with it (and I hope part of the end product will be a pair of socks me me and mine). I think I am liking the sheep breed Razz . Anyhoo, nice picture, have an awesome day, CynthiaM.

4 Re: Some of this year's Shetland lambs on Fri May 17, 2013 9:20 am

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I was warned wool would be a pain but I love it - the sheep are warm in winter and the fleece is wonderful - it's taken me a few years to find a real market for it but now I can't keep up with demand.

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5 Re: Some of this year's Shetland lambs on Fri May 17, 2013 9:34 am

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Angry sheep (on right) is angry!

That is the most awesome looking sheep evar! So lovely. Want *Frown*.

6 Re: Some of this year's Shetland lambs on Fri May 17, 2013 9:38 am

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That's the ram, Orpheus he is just saying "I'm in control here, any questions?" He's been that way since birth, a good looking boy, saved from castration for good looks and attitude.

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7 Re: Some of this year's Shetland lambs on Fri May 17, 2013 9:41 am

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He is sure gorgeous. I love the angry look, makes them look epically powerful.

8 Re: Some of this year's Shetland lambs on Fri May 17, 2013 9:43 am

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But he's still small enough to pick up with one hand!

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9 Re: Some of this year's Shetland lambs on Fri May 17, 2013 9:43 am

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Angrilly picked up. LOL

10 Re: Some of this year's Shetland lambs on Fri May 17, 2013 9:46 am

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Well yes, terribly indignant. "Put me DOWN! I am a ram! Ram's don't get PICKED UP!!"

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11 Re: Some of this year's Shetland lambs on Fri May 17, 2013 11:10 am

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I am selling my sheep off and will miss the lambs the most. I will be buying weaned lambs in the spring to butcher in the fall, but it won't be the same. Thanks for the pics.

12 Re: Some of this year's Shetland lambs on Fri May 17, 2013 12:28 pm

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My lambs are MUCH younger and housed with the goats and their kids. They are VERY. disapproving of this situation. Your see, the lambs are the good children with the proper parents. They do everything they way it is supposed to be done. The goats are the bad children. They run around and cause trouble. They don't listen to their parents who quite frankly, are quite lax in their parenting skills.

13 Re: Some of this year's Shetland lambs on Fri May 17, 2013 5:19 pm

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Which is why I am banned from owning goats (by husband).

Sheep are remarkably obedient, most of the time.

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14 Re: Some of this year's Shetland lambs on Fri May 17, 2013 5:46 pm

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I am afraid I identify more with the disobedient kids. They seem to have more of a spirit of adventure. The lambs are a little stodgy.

15 Re: Some of this year's Shetland lambs on Fri May 17, 2013 7:53 pm

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Why does that not surprise me? Did you castrate all your ram lambs? I keep all my lambs with their mothers in a fox proof barn for the first two weeks of life. Just when the ewes are begging for a break the lambs are old enough to run and jump and I let them free range.

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16 Re: Some of this year's Shetland lambs on Fri May 17, 2013 8:44 pm

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heda gobbler wrote:Why does that not surprise me? Did you castrate all your ram lambs? I keep all my lambs with their mothers in a fox proof barn for the first two weeks of life. Just when the ewes are begging for a break the lambs are old enough to run and jump and I let them free range.

I fear I have a bad kid reputation now.

I have kept the little ram lamb whole. DarkWingDuck sold me his father for a lower price and a lamb back. Good way to share the genes. I have one ewe lamb and one not born yet.

17 Re: Some of this year's Shetland lambs on Fri May 17, 2013 8:52 pm

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That sounds sensible. Just a reminder - wean at 8 weeks or you may be surprised...

Orpheus should be weaned May 20th. I can see it won't be a problem - he is rarely with his mother at all - spends his days hanging with his homies.

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