Tuesday, June 23, 2009
We have had our adult tom turkey and 3 laying hens out in a portable fenced area for a while, but we finally let the baby poultry out this weekend, June 13. They were in their own "chicken chalet" for a while first within the fenced area. When we let them out, there was very little drama getting used to the adults. My red hen decided to peck a few chicks and chase them out of the chalet, but otherwise it was uneventful. They spend most of the first day inside, but then ventured out during the day and back in at night.
Our turkey hen, Pearl, was in with the chicks. She likes to be their mother, whether they are hers or not.
Monday, June 1, 2009
This is Fritz. He was only 5 pounds at birth and we lost his tiny 3 pound brother. We think he's spotted moorit mouflon and he may also be gray. His face had more color on it before, but has really lightened up. See his picture in my blog from April. His mother, Andromeda, is especially friendly so he isn't very afraid of people. We probably have to wether him because he has started rubbing his head on us when we are out with the sheep. He has incredibly soft wool and would make a nice fiber wether.
I added the scratching picture to show his little colored tail. He really has neat markings.
Our bossy ewe, Socks, had pretty frosted mouflon ewe lambs this year. We call them Cinnamon and Spice and they look a lot alike. Cinnamon has a bit more frosting on her face and a wider head and Spice got a small cut on her bottom lip when she was a day old and has a small scar, which you can see in her close-up. We are probably going to keep Cinnamon and sell Spice, but if we had room, we'd keep both. We already have one of Sock's daughters in our flock. The other lamb in the picture with the ewe lambs is Fritz, our small friendly ram lamb.
These are my mouflon ram twins. We call the black one Max and he will be for sale. Grizz will probably be staying with us since his mother is less related to my flock and I can breed him to some of my other ewes. Their mother, Modi, has the best fleece in our flock and good meat conformation too. These two are both growing well and have nice lush fleeces.