The brood expansion is under way, Daisy has been sitting on 6 eggs for three weeks now so I am eagerly awaiting to see how many successfully hatch out. For ducks to breed you obviously need a Drake and a Duck. In the spring time as the drake starts to do his thing the duck will … Continue reading Ducklings on their way…
After some time in the nursery the ewes and lambs are ready to go out in the field. It a simple last-minute check to ensure the lambs are fit and healthy and then full speed ahead out to the field. To turn the ewes and lambs out is a bit of a fun game- if … Continue reading Out to play!
During lambing we often get some orphan lambs that are separated into a pen. They are known as cade lambs- it simply means orphan or bottle fed lambs. Cade lambs can come about for several reasons: It could be a lamb where the ewe is not producing any milk The ewe could have died and … Continue reading The Orphans
Once the lambs have been in their pens for a couple of days they are ready to go to nursery. The lamb nursery is the next stage for the new lambs and moms and is very important to ensure their survival out in the field. We will go through all the pens that may be … Continue reading Time for Nursery!
The best bit of lambing is when a brand new lamb is born and you see the amazing birth. Just like one born every minute, there literally can be lambs being born every minute- day and night! When you seen the signs of lambing the ewe will normally do everything she needs to in order to … Continue reading Lambing!
You know lambing has started from the moment you get the first lot of ewes in. The ewes are bought in at different times dependent on when the tup was put in with them. This allows us to ensure we have the ewes expected to give birth inside first and they will have had their lambs and … Continue reading The Ewes are in!
I get asked lots of questions about lambing, lambing is nearly finished for us but thought I would share a series of blogs as a beginners guide- starting with the boys! Like all life, lambing is down to the work of the boys. The boys- also known as Rams or Tups- are let out into … Continue reading The Boys are back in town!
Meet our two silver call ducks- Donald and Daisy! Donald is our drake, boy duck, and Daisy is our female duck. Donald is the one in the front of the shot above, with Daisy behind. Donald follows Daisy everywhere and protects her from anything he feels is a threat. The dogs have all been trained … Continue reading Meet the Ducks!
Meet our three woofers! Freddie (on the left) is a liver and white pedigree cocker spaniel. She is 3 years old and the ultimate pampered pooch. She loves nothing more than a good puddle, chasing a rabbit or squirrel and digging out the mole hills - although she has never successfully found any moles. When she isn't … Continue reading Meet the Woofers!