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I have no "wool factories" but admire what you do with yours! Is that yarn ready to use now? Pretty just to look at 😁

I do have colored eggs though...love colors.
Yep, ready to use now. I washed it as I went, so only had the last two skeins to wash and hang to dry over the weekend. It’s all done and ready to sit in a bin until I figure out what I want to make with it, sell it, or give it away lol
 

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Got a good start on Dingo today. I’ll try to get him the rest of the way done either tomorrow or Thursday (supposed to rain on Wednesday).
I had to get DH to come out and help me get him on the stand. Don’t know how I managed to do it last year! He’s huge! Way too heavy for me to lift at this point. Need to find a new way to work on him as his size also makes it a challenge to get him sheared in one sitting.
I may try flipping him onto his butt to trim his hooves as well, since that wasn’t going to happen either.
I have some mulling over to do so I can have a better set-up or plan for next time.
Of course, if DH would hold him and scratch his chest, he’d just stand there for days, but DH has better things to do while I’m doing farm stuff. Or so he says 😝
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Wool for days!
Meanwhile, this big brute is chewing his cud while I’m shearing him lol
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Thank goodness he’s good tempered because he makes me feel small in comparison and I’m not exactly little or dainty!
I do think I want something a bit smaller-sized when I’m ready for a replacement ram. I was thinking Finn, but haven’t fully committed to any particular breed yet since I’m not planning to get one until next year. Dingo’s only 4, but I want some wiggle room in case I need more time to find the right fit/temperament.

Less than a week to lambing:pop
 

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She’s the one who squirmed enough that I stabbed myself last year.
Try getting some fish cleaning gloves - they have metal woven to the palms for safety. My son gave me a pair one year. They are flexible but the woven metal in supposed to keep you from slicing your hand when cleaning fish. Probably find some on line.
 

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Try getting some fish cleaning gloves - they have metal woven to the palms for safety. My son gave me a pair one year. They are flexible but the woven metal in supposed to keep you from slicing your hand when cleaning fish. Probably find some on line.
I like that idea, thanks!
 

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Rained a bit yesterday and today, so I’ll have to tackle Dingo tomorrow. He was inside, so should be dry enough.
Got the brooder shed cleaned up today. One more thing off the list of stuff to ideally be done before lambing!
Before:
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After:
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Foxy is looking scary huge. Any thoughts on how low she’s carrying? Should I be concerned about ligaments giving out in the future?
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She looks hollowed out, but isn’t quite there yet. I’m fairly certain that’s just the weight of lambs pulling her down…:\
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She’s also doing that thing where she’s barely touching her hay, so she’s getting multiple small feedings of grain and alfalfa pellets throughout the day.
4 days until she’s due. I really hope I don’t need to pull lambs or get the vet out for her again this year.
I’m just looking for some input since I’m seriously considering retiring her to full pet status this year if y’all think there’s getting to be too much risk to her health to lamb her again next year.
She’s 5 this year.
 

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My 10 year old ewe Ewenique, just had twins ewes. She was hanging low and I worried about a ruptured pre-pubic tendon. It didn’t help my feelings that she went 3 weeks past her recorded due date, which meant she didn’t take on her first rendezvous. I wondered if I’d have to help her, watched her closely, but she did just fine all on her own, as usual. I’m pleased with her productive longevity and have daughters, granddaughters and great granddaughters and one great great granddaughter from her.

Foxy is only 5, she is in her prime of life and should be ok. Life expectancy is 10-12 years for sheep. She is nowhere near retirement age unless there is a problem and you think she can’t handle another pregnancy. I understand your concern, watch her closely, but age wise, she should be ok.
 

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Thanks, Bay. I have a lot to mull over regarding her situation and longevity. Definitely will be keeping a close watch on her, see how she lambs out and go from there.

Dingo is done as of this afternoon and I’m still exhausted! It was his first time being tied while sheared and to say he wasn’t all that cooperative is an understatement. Definitely didn’t do a pretty job, but managed to finish him up and trim his hooves while I was at it.
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He’s equally as unimpressed with me as I am with him at the moment lol
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But he’s finished until next year. Well, I’ll probably do his feet again in the fall before breeding, but that’s a problem for future me :gig

My last real job to do before lambing is set up my lockdown incubator. I use 2 - a forced air hovabator with an automatic turner to incubate and a still air farm innovator for hatching.

Coy is due on Saturday - same day as lockdown. Last year she lambed the day after her due date:pop
 

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It’s been a long day and it’s not even 10 o’clock in the morning!
So. First, all 14 out of 14 chicks have hatched. They’re drying out a bit more before moving to the brooder shed this afternoon. Another 16 have been set.
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Dobby lambed a beautiful single ewe lamb.
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And had it all fed and dried off - not a single bit of fluid leftover by the time Foxy had triplets 🤦‍♀️
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Also all ewe lambs! I did have to help her with the last one as it was breach - coming out tail first.
For those that want to see what that looks like:
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I went in, managed to push it back inside, found the legs and got them out one at a time. As soon as she contracted again, I pulled and baby was out! First time doing that, so that was actually kind of cool.
Thank God I was there in time and watch plenty of lambing videos! As it was the lamb scared me that she wasn’t going to get going since she really struggled with taking those first few breaths.
But she’s up and nursing and all is well - and with a beautiful sunrise to boot ❤️
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Coy still hasn’t lambed. I’m wondering if Dingo caught her at the end of her cycle and it was just that tiny bit too late? She’s fat and sassy, has a bag, but it’s not as filled out as it should be if she was imminent 🤔
Might be another week to two weeks for her, in that case. Not a problem since she’d actually be lambing closer to when Doll is due.
As always, I’ll keep an eye on her. I’m going to be out there checking on Foxy’s triplets all the time anyway :rolleyes:
 
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