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  1. purplequeenvt

    Purplequeenvt - New Journal

    13 sheep went to the sale barn today. 5 adults and 8 lambs. I kept back the 5 Shetland ewe lambs, 2 Shetland ram lambs, 1 Border Leicester ram lamb, and the 3 Border Leicester ewe lambs. I was debating about whether or not to send one of the Shetland ram lambs. He’s a nice color/pattern and...
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    Purplequeenvt - New Journal

    Hazel got her full splint on Monday. She’s not nearly as upset about it as her face would imply. 🤣 Oskar Bitey-Face has been here for 2 years. I saw some major maturity improvements this week. He mainly lives with the rams because the ewes have been so spooky with him. He’s not really...
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    Purplequeenvt - New Journal

    I got a brace for Hazel that arrived today (was supposed to get here 2 days ago). I’ve also ordered stuff to splint her leg which is arriving Monday. She doesn’t seem to be in as much pain, but she’s being good about staying quiet.
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    Purplequeenvt - New Journal

    Hazel has a boo-boo. She was chasing after Twist on Monday, racing him to the barn. I didn’t witness the accident, but I heard the impact. A minute later Hazel came gimping back to the house to show her injury. She ran into this fence post that is waiting to be installed. She was gimping...
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    Purplequeenvt - New Journal

    Day off today. I’ve been stressing about getting stuff done outside. I lost a couple days last week because of bad weather and high pain levels. Apparently I’ve reached the age when my bad joints can predict the weather. I finally got my garden bed next to the front sidewalk planted. I wanted...
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    Purplequeenvt - New Journal

    7 years ago this week, I lost a huge piece of my heart. My Meg. The dog that instilled the love of BCs in me. She was the stereotypical Border Collie. Full of energy and more than a little OCD. I still miss her so much. Twist has done a lot to heal my heart. Up until this week, Twist has...
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    Purplequeenvt - New Journal

    Ram delivery went well yesterday morning. The guy was already there when I arrived (only a couple minutes late after getting stuck in Lexington traffic). Then we went and played with sheep. Actually, it was a lot of sitting and watching and a little playing with sheep. I did discover that...
  8. purplequeenvt

    Fleeces

    It’s not something that I’ve ever heard any concern about. There’s differing opinions about whether it’s a good idea to put the wash water in the septic tank. I do, but only because I’m washing 1 fleece at a time and they aren’t high grease. I wash in a utility sink. I’d like to set up a drain...
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    Purplequeenvt - New Journal

    All is good with Jura and baby. I saw several nursing sessions via the camera last night and again this morning. I finally got my female ducks out of the pond. They are currently locked up and seem to be enjoying their time out from the boys. I am missing one. It’s my gimpy Runner. I don’t...
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    Purplequeenvt - New Journal

    Well, Jura is still a ditz. She likes her baby, but is very jumpy. I had to go out and hold her to let the lamb nurse. I tied her first, baby got a good feed. We tried again with me just blocking Jura in a corner and baby got another good meal. Third try was with grain and no restraint m. There...
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    Purplequeenvt - New Journal

    Finally done with lambing! Jura had a single black ewe lamb tonight. This is my only black Border Leicester ewe lamb this year. She’s not up yet, but she looks pretty nice already. Lambing stats: Average gestation was 147.2 days. 10 ewes went at 147 days, 1 at 146, 3 at 148, and 1 at 149...
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    Purplequeenvt - New Journal

    Day off (from the paid job) today. I had a slow start, but managed to drag myself outside to be productive eventually. I got 4 rams sheared. They were due and Stanley is leaving this weekend so he needed a spa day. He looks really nice and his fleece is lovely. I was going to stop at the 4...
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    Purplequeenvt - New Journal

    Freyja is back to acting normal, her baby is fine. He completely ignores me now. I did castrate him the other day. Jura is the last to lamb and she’s due on Wednesday. I looked at who’s related to who briefly this morning. There’s 16 Border Leicester ewes. That’s including a handful that may...
  14. purplequeenvt

    Margali's Griffin Wood Ranch

    Sheep are surprisingly resilient. Assuming she can get through the shock and fights off any infection, she’s likely to recover nicely. I had a Shetland lamb years ago that had her shoulder (as in all of her shoulder muscle as well as the bone) eaten off of her. It was an extremely long...
  15. purplequeenvt

    Purplequeenvt - New Journal

    I may have my yearling Shetland ram sold. I’m not going to believe it until he’s actually loaded on the buyers trailer though. Buyers have been notoriously flaky. I’m meeting this guy in Lexington which is a couple hours away. I wasn’t thrilled with the idea of delivering, but he’s paying extra...
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    Purplequeenvt - New Journal

    I think my stint as substitute sheep mom may be over already. Freyja’s baby has a full belly and refused the bottle last night and this morning.
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    Purplequeenvt - New Journal

    Freyja seems to be doing ok. I’ve been keeping an eye on her via the cameras while at work. While she’s been staying mostly in the barn, she’s been eating. Her temp last night was still slightly high, it was much better than the 105 temp she had on Sunday. Her baby is definitely not getting...
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    Purplequeenvt - New Journal

    Oftentimes, the problem with trying to leave lambs that need supplementation is that mom has *just* enough milk to make them stubborn about taking the bottle. I had that issue with Xena and her little triplet brother last year. He only wanted real boobie-juice and he’d rather starve than try...
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    Purplequeenvt - New Journal

    Freyja got sick on Sunday. Mastitis. It seemed to be only on one side, but I’ve been keeping an eye on her baby and he was a little gaunt this morning. I warmed up some Jersey milk and he sucked down 6 or 7 ounces without hesitation. She’s doing better today, ran right out to the feeder when...
  20. purplequeenvt

    Purplequeenvt - New Journal

    She’s 11. She still has her molars which helps. She will be with until the day she dies.
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