Ewes, rams, lambs and wethers. Lovely ducks and beautiful chickens.
Who knew how much I would love these amazingly lovely sheep! Seven 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 six sheep in the barn: 2 rams, a wether, 3 ewes. 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 12 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 15 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 re-built two coops and re-fenced the property to keep them safe from predators. We now only have a Sweedish Blue, a Pekin and two Rouens.
Ducks have fabulous and fun personalities. The eggs are fantastic.
Daisy (an Ancona) was a favorite (pictured left).