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  1. Cotton*wood

    Orange sheep pee?

    Oh sigh. This so seems true. Tonight it's going down to 4F again, and since I just don't have it in me to carry buckets of hot water 1/4 mile out to where they are, I brought them in again, and they were all sucking down the heated duck-tank water. Alas. Two nights of these temps, and then...
  2. Cotton*wood

    Orange sheep pee?

    Can't imagine where they'd get copper. Nothing but grass, hay, water, and sheep minerals in the pasture. Uh, hope the water's not electrified. Naw....I did see them drinking out of it.....
  3. Cotton*wood

    Orange sheep pee?

    Okay. That's a little weird, because they're now in a yard that has a heated water tank, unlike out in the pasture where the water is a whole lot colder..... Maybe it was from yesterday when they first came in.....
  4. Cotton*wood

    Orange sheep pee?

    What does it mean when a ewe's pee is orange? (I only know because the snow drifted so high on the electric net fences that they're all shorted out, so I had to move the sheep into the duck yard, where I can see their pee.)
  5. Cotton*wood

    Help me find the LGD breed/mix for me!

    Best of luck! (I can't imagine doing ANYTHING new with twins. You'll be busy for sure!)
  6. Cotton*wood

    Help me find the LGD breed/mix for me!

    I haven't read all the rest of the responses, but when we bought our farm two years ago, an Anatolian-Pyrenees came with the farm, and I have to say he's been a wonderful dog. He stays out 100% of the time (even when it got down to -16F last February), and has prevented a number of attacks on...
  7. Cotton*wood

    Coffee anyone ?

    We're lucky to get two eggs a day, with twelve laying age chickens and eight laying age ducks. Those are really expensive eggs!
  8. Cotton*wood

    2022 Waiting on Lambs Journal

    Interesting. Ours is called an Anatolian Pyrenees, but he has a lot more of the Pyrenees look. He's supposed to be a LGD, but he mostly just guards the front gate. I guess I shouldn't complain, in that we've actually witnessed him thwart fox attacks on the chickens, and he does seem to keep...
  9. Cotton*wood

    Coffee anyone ?

    House is always a mess. Can't be helped. Just waiting for it to get light so I can start the morning rounds--chicks in the greenhouse, cats in the wellhouse, lambs in the barn, chickens in the vegetable garden, ducks in the goat shelter, and main sheep flock in the north pasture.
  10. Cotton*wood

    2022 Waiting on Lambs Journal

    Love seeing pictures with the LGD. What breed is that?
  11. Cotton*wood

    Feed & Parasite Qs

    Right now I have the three little ewe lambs in the barn while the ram is doing his business in the pasture with the rest. There's a hay rack in the barn, but the whole side of the barn is open, so it's not really enclosed, but I do have to put hay up in the rack. I've pulled off the moldy...
  12. Cotton*wood

    Bred Too Young?

    We have ten sheep--three adult ewes, four almost-yearling ewe lambs (being bred), and these three smaller, younger ewe-lambs. I actually saw the smallest one (6.5 months) being bred, and he was sniffing around one of the others, though I didn't see him actually mate with her. Yeah, probably...
  13. Cotton*wood

    Feed & Parasite Qs

    Since I have my three ewe lambs in a stall in the barn while the ram is out in the pasture doing his business with all the ewes and almost yearling ewe lambs, I have some questions. It turns out that the two big round bales of hay I have stored in the garage from last winter are moldy just on...
  14. Cotton*wood

    Downer Ewe

    I know this isn't really relevant to all the issues you've had to address, but the gurgling and burping is all absolutely normal. It's their rumen working...... And WOW--what a lot to have to deal with all at once!
  15. Cotton*wood

    Need help planning for our first goats

    I would be a little skeptical of that design, unless the PVC pipes were really sturdy. My first shade shelter kept getting flattened because my sheep climbed on top of/over it..... It really needed a sturdy wooden crosspiece.....
  16. Cotton*wood

    Bred Too Young?

    Been doing this daily from the very beginning. The two wild ones WILL sniff my finger, so I have hopes they'll tame down. They're pretty interested in the treats that the tame one is enjoying.
  17. Cotton*wood

    Bred Too Young?

    Here's another question: The EASIEST thing to do with these three lambs is to keep them in the barn--at least until the rest of them are moved out of the current pasture (which is within the same perimeter fence as the barn) into the north pasture (on the other side of a significant fence), as...
  18. Cotton*wood

    Need help planning for our first goats

    I don't have goats, but sheep, and all the sheep people in my area have found that the electric net fencing from Premier One has worked really well to keep predators out. We have a heavy coyote pressure, and nobody with electric net fencing has ever lost a sheep to coyotes. I made a...
  19. Cotton*wood

    Bred Too Young?

    Had the vet visit. He gave the three little lambs their shots, said it would take 3 - 5 days for them to start cycling again, and now I get the joy of keeping them away from all the others until the ram leaves. The hardest part of it all was to let the rest of them OUT of the stall while...
  20. Cotton*wood

    Bred Too Young?

    That'd be easy enough. No other problems with that?
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