Our new sheep are here! A couple of them have been on the road for two weeks. I wish I could tell them that their travels are over because I’m sure they are just waiting to be put on another trailer.
Bringing new sheep home is fun, but it should be done with care. As much as I would like to turn these new sheep out into the pasture, this would be haphazard because they have been exposed to a lot of different sheep and farms over the last couple of weeks.
I would hate to expose my sheep to an unknown threat, so the new sheep will have to wait a little longer to enjoy the Oregon grass.
I have them in a quarantine area in the barn. This will help acclimate them to our property and I can watch them closer for any signs of distress. I am also taking this time to worm them. In addition to buying new sheep, you could also be buying worms that you don’t currently have in your flock. It is recommended to worm with 2 different classes of wormer. It is best to flush the worms out in your quarantine area and not in your pastures.
In addition to Albus, whom you have already met – we have…
Albus’ traveling partner – Blue Ewe Meg. Very pretty girl with a lovely fleece.
An unplanned (but one I am excited about) purchase from Dan Carpenter. Such a cute face on this girl. Her name is Dandy’s Hope.
This girl may look a little out-of-place 🙂 She is a Navajo-Churro from my friend Karen at bide a wee farm. Her name is Ursa and she is the ewe that I mentioned briefly in a previous post about breeding to one of my ‘brown’ looking jacob rams. I can’t wait to see the resulting offspring and am hoping for something other than black. I wish I understood color genetics better (I am TRYING) so that I could discuss it with some intelligence. So, please don’t ask any technical questions – but feel free to help me in understanding the extension brown and dominant black aspects! On another note about Ursa – her name means ‘bear’. So far I haven’t seen that she takes after her name, except for maybe looking like a big brown bear. The churros aren’t much bigger than the jacobs, but just that little amount seems like a LOT!!!
After Albus realized that Clint is NOT a girl, they have settled down…
now he has his eyes (nose) on Ursa.