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  1. Ponker

    My new ewe lamb is sick

    I had four lambs delivered this July 15th from a well known and respected farm in New York. They were all tested and proven disease free. The ride took 2 days and when they got here they were fine except for some road dirt... Everyone was quarantined. After quarantine, the ram lamb went into...
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    Feeding Finnsheep Ewes to Match Their Genetic Potential

    I found this article written for Finnsheep breeders in an archived 'Short Tales' newsletter. It's an eye opening article about making sure these Finnsheep ewes are getting enough nutrition to carry multiple lambs through full term and then, do it again the following breeding season. These ewes...
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    Ram Scrotal Girth

    According to a paper I found, the measurement of a ram's scrotum can determine the fertility of his daughters. I have two rams with one coming on the 15th of July, 2016. As of today, I have not measured my rams but am intrigued by this claim. Size of rams vary by breed. I have noticed that the...
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    Pest and Friend

    So I caught a big black snake coming out of the chicken house yesterday. I have two broody hens and each time a chick hatches, I find the poor thing dead after a few hours. And I've noticed my egg production drop off but just a little bit. I thought it might be the heat. Not so! This poor...
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    My new hive swarmed

    My new hive swarmed. I bought two on April 20th and one swarmed yesterday on the 30th. When they delivered my bees they told me that I should feed them because the rain washes away the nectar and pollen. I had a lot of clover (along with everyone for at least 4 sq miles) and fruit trees all over...
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    Young Buck With Swollen Reproductive Area

    I have a young buck named, Mercury with a badly swollen reproductive area. A few days ago I noticed some fur in his cage. It was loose and I just thought he was beginning to lose some winter coat. I thought the others wouldn't be far behind. Today, I noticed he was sitting funny and happened to...
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    Athena's Lambs

    Athena (Finnsheep) gave birth to two little ewes for her first lambing. I came out early one morning, and there they were. First is VooDoo Then Panda. I don't know which order they were born. VooDoo was smaller but has since grown to catch up to her sister. This year I have three little ewes...
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    Introducing a young ram to my older ram

    I am about to introduce a nearly 3 month old ram named Georgie to a year old sheep named Holstein. They are both Finns. They've been fence to fence with each other since Georgie has been born.Georgie is still quite small but Finns mature very quickly so I need to get him away from the ewes and...
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    Best Book

    My two hives are ready for delivery. I ordered them from a local beekeeper during the winter. Now that they're coming home soon, what book would everyone suggest as a Bee Bible? I have several indispensable books for my sheep and books on chickens, and rabbits... but only one on bees. And that...
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    Integrating Momma and Babies and Orphans

    Over the course of the past month my herd has splintered into four groups. I have my Finn ram Holstien, separated from my pregnant ewes. He is young and amorous enough to do them harm. One Katahdin cross ewe, Spotty gave birth three days ago and is ready to leave the lambing pen and rejoin her...
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    Ponker - The Way It Is

    How long ago did you start farming and what drove you to it? We started our adventure about six years ago. I had changed careers and moved back to the USA. (Spent 8 years working abroad.) Then I fell ill. I had blood clots in my lungs and my life changed in one single moment of time. My legs...
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    Spotty finally had her lambs!

    One of my hair sheep, a Katahdin mix, lambed yesterday in the pasture. She gave birth to a ram and a ewe. Momma Spotty, cleaned the little ones and responded well to the birthing. I only helped once by clearing the nose and mouth of the second lamb as Momma was very focused on baby number one at...
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    Photos loading sideways

    Here is the issue: If I have a photo in portrait mode that is to be viewed in landscape (or vise-versa), I edit it on my laptop to correct the orientation, then save it to my hard drive. Now, I go through the process to upload the photo to BYH and the photo loads sideways. Like I didn't change...
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    Fly Predators

    I'm trying to be proactive about managing flies this year. One product I found is 'Fly Predators'. it costs about $20 a month starting in March clear into September. About $200 for the year. These are little flies that prey on the pest flies. I was wondering if anyone has tried this program...
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    Extremely pregnant Finnsheep ewe not standing due to sore foot

    I have an extremely pregnant Finnsheep ewe that is in a large private stall. The people I purchased her from told me that she was ready to lamb on December 1st. She was big and looked ready to go. Well, she was with the herd during the day and brought in the stall at night... Now she is...
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    Ram trying to breed a pregnant ewe

    My ram, Holstien was out to a friend to breed five of his sheep. Well, Holstein ended up with foot scald pretty bad from a muddy nighttime holding area near the barn. When I found him in such a condition we took him home to treat. He was the incredibly gentle ram I remember until his feet...
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    Greetings from North Central Arkansas

    Glad to have found the site. I've become a sponge for everything livestock related lately. I read myself to sleep about pasture grass/legume mixtures. We started our little farm with no experience in agriculture. The books can only give you so much and the rest is hands-on. Its a wild ride...
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