Boy howdy this has been an eventful month! And I know I promised more posts… but I have just been so busy… and it’s so hot… So, you will have to forgive me!!! Please!!! Here is a cute picture to help!
So, like I said, this has been an eventful month. My first big scare was when the wool on my little woolie friends legs started falling off! In sheets!
Can we say FLIP OUT??? Well, I can… It turns out that the vet thinks the sheep were just adjusting to the heat. And apparently leg wool is optional? Well, it hasn’t grown out any and they haven’t lost any anywhere else so I am keeping my fingers crossed that the shedding did the trick.
Our next “adventure”… started the morning of June 12. When I went out to the barn that Sunday morning and opened the stall door everyone BUT Wickham (100) got up and ran out as usual. I was immediately alarmed as this is the FIRST time I wasn’t greeted eagerly by EVERYONE! And usually when I get close to Wickham (100) she runs from me. This time she didn’t. I tried not to panic… I mixed Gatorade with Nutri-Drench and drenched her. Drenching just means that you give it orally with a drench gun (a syringe used to direct liquid to the back of the throat). And, then I called the vet. He encouraged me to take her temperature which was 104.3. Normal temps in sheep are between 101-102. He somehow concluded that she had the beginnings of an upper respiratory infection (I guess those are common in sheep?) and that I should start her on antibiotics. By this time the drench had begun to take effect and she was up drinking from the electrolyte infused water. I ran up to tractor supply and got some penicillin. So began my first shot at giving injections. (pun intended hehe) All went well and Wickham (100) came out of it on top!
Then we got down to business… Now with the worming I was confident that I could do it. But, the hoof trimming was a WHOLE NUTHER STORY! I was so nervous!!! I had gotten a lesson on hoof trimming from RJ Straw when I went to pick up the sheep in Oklahoma. He even said I did a better job than he did! But, as history dictates, I was totally unsure of myself. Even after researching and watching others do the job I was afraid I wouldn’t know when to stop and when to keep going. Well, I guess I did ok. No one ended up lame! Yay!
Grandpa and Leah were the best supervisors too! And had a few good laughs at the Abby and me trying to wrangle those sheep. 🙂
In other news… my beautiful Aura, Spinning Spinderella, has been under the weather for more than a month now. 😦 It started with just a little squeak. Then it started getting hard to treadle and it began to hurt my ankle. Anyway, my friend Lexi Boeger of Pluckyfluff (who co-designed the amazing wheel) has helped me get in touch with Majacraft who is sending a replacement part for my wheel. It should be here ANY DAY! I am also having trouble with the band on Drummond the Drum Carder. It keeps slipping off and I can’t figure out how to fix it. So, my fibery business has basically been on hold for a month or more. I CAN’T WAIT TO GET BACK INTO IT!!! REALLY! I MEAN REALLY!!!
So, I am off to play with the sheepies, change some fly paper and water the compost piles… Hope you have a great day!
Leslie @ Over the Moon Fiber Farm