Ewes, rams, lambs and wethers. Lovely ducks and beautiful chickens.
Who knew how much I would love these amazingly lovely sheep! Three years ago, we found ourselves the owners of 17 not-so-healthy ewes, two rams and a wether. We worked hard to get them back to good health—and they are a robust crew! Lambing last year was amazing: mostly twins and triplets. Life and death...the incredible reality of nature and life cycles.
I care deeply for our herd. They are carefully watched; well-loved, fed and tended. Frankly, I spend time with them. I know them—their names, when they were born, who their brothers and sisters are. We currently have ten sheep in the barn: A ram, a wether, 4 ewes and 4 lambs. Because they were heroes of personality, I want to note the original crew of winter 2013: Clover, Charles, Ceclia, Mary, Gray, Mary's Momma, Fro, 007 and Lamb. They were mixes of Dorpers, Dorsets, Tunis, Texel and Suffuck.
We started raising chickens about 8 years ago. Just 10—the usual Bard Rocks, Buff Orpington's and Rhode Island Reds. Totally fell in love! I recall walking the property with chicks tucked under "my wings"—chickens on my lap at sunset. Today, we have between 20-40 of many varieties. They free-range (behind the sheep) and live in a lovely, brand-new coop (third we've built and hopefully perfected).
Anconas are a rare breed. We were eager the help re-vitalize the breed and determined to succeed in keeping them happy and alive—and a vibrant part of the farm. We've re-built two coops and re-fenced the property to keep them safe from predators. We now have a Sweedish Blue, Pekins and Rouens as well.
Ducks have fabulous and fun personalities. The eggs are fantastic.
Daisy (an Ancona) is a favorite (pictured left).