Monday, August 6, 2007

The trouble with friendly sheep.

This is the problem with having Shetland Sheep. I have been wanting to post updates on some of the ram lambs because it is so interesting (at least to me) how quickly they change physically as well as how much their horn growth changes from week to week. In order to share that information I like to add photos (as you may have noticed my photography skills are much better than my very weak writing skills, so pictures make it easier to figure out what I am talking about), but trying to isolate and photograph one individual in a pasture of Shetland Sheep can be.....a bit of a challenge. They are like a classroom of first graders "pick me! pick me!". So, once again, lots of extreme eye/nose close ups.

I was able to finally get some pictures of my Gulmoget ram, so far he is looking REALLY nice.

Unfortunately, I can not take credit for this nice ram and his twin sister. Their dam, Thistle Keep Sagebrush Vole was already bred to Underhill Gulliver AI when I bought her from Thistle Keep Farm/Chaparral Shetlands.

I know, I don't need two pictures of his derriere, but he has got such a nice square rear and TINY tail, it is worth a second look, don't ya think?

I am keeping my fingers crossed that his horns continue to look good. I have to remind myself that he is a month younger than the other boys so his horns have not grown nearly as much.

I will try to give an update on one or two of the other boys tomorrow....IF the photo op arises.

Little cria " Ande" is doing He gave us quite a scare over the weekend. Saturday evening when I went out to feed the sheep and check on the new little fluff butt, I noticed yellow runny stains on his rear legs, and he suddenly seemed very weak. He would get up and walk a few feet and then lay back down and then struggle to get up again. I know how quickly neonates of any species can deteriorate, and he was clearly in trouble. I also know my limitations and I am not nearly as familiar with llamadom as I am with my other creatures, so I called the vet right away ( farm call on a Saturday night = $$$$ ouch), she immediately started him on some meds for the pain and diarrhea and has me giving him Naxcel (antibiotic) injections twice a day, plus electrolytes and Pepto Bismol. Today he is MUCH better and we stopped the Pepto (yeah, no more Kool-aid mustache) and he seems to be having more normal stools. We are still giving injections and pushing the electrolytes, especially since we have had heat indexes of 100 degrees for the last couple of days and for the foreseeable future.

He is really a sweet boy, especially considering all he has been through in his short life, and all the needle poking and syringes of fluid he still comes up to us for scratches and hugs :).


Nancy K. said...

That gulmoget ram lamb has the most intense markings I've ever seen! Are you planning on showing anyone at Jefferson?

Are you a Daisy or a Lily???

Crosswinds Farm said...

I am not sure if I will bring anyone TO Jefferson. I just hope that I don't bring someone new HOME with me!

Oh, I am definitely a Lily.

Michelle said...

I agree with Nancy; that gully boy has the loudest markings ever. He looks awesome!

~*Sarah*~ said...

I think he's my favorite.

shhh! don't tell the others.

and daisy too.

Juliann said...

Wow, that gul ram is stunning! You will find that the Dillon genetics are just incredible regarding strong hind ends and tails! I hate to go back to using other bloodlines.

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