Monday, May 25

A Lamb in our Garage

So when your husband buys a few trailer loads of dismantled barn wood from a couple that's moving out of the area and they offer you something *free* in the deal - say yes. Yes! Yes! Yes!


That is how Barley came to live in our gargage. He is about a month old and I have no idea what kind of lamb he is other than the "sweet cute kind that will end up in my freezer come fall and hopefully donate some wool before then" kind.


He is still bottle fed and follows people around the yard baaaa-ing and baaaa-ing. We borrowed a calf bottle from our farmer friend and need to dock his tail next. So far though, he is amazingly easy to keep so perhaps there will be a few more lambs around here next year if this goes well.



12 comments:

Alison said...

Oh, wow! Are you going to be fencing in a pasture for him?

Granny said...

As I said in the other post, I've been reading up on sheep breeds all week, trying for the best choice on this year's feeder lambs. We have one of the three left from last year and he is a real sweetheart but VERY lonely. He is getting a visit from the sheep shearer on Thursday and then, perhaps, there will be room in the freezer. Maybe. He sure is a sweetie. He is a Tunis cross. They are known as the redheads of the sheep (very appealing to me). With it's hanging ears and red look to his face and legs, I wonder if yours is a Tunis cross? For the lovely gray that he is right now, perhaps Romney or Corriedale?
When you band his tale, will you, um, band anything else?
If you can, you might want to get him a friend. Ours definitely did better together and it wasn't any more work. For the healthiest meat a pasture based diet is best (after the bottle time), but you might want to give him a small handful of grain (I use chicken scratch) each night, preferably rattling it around in a pan. Having a trick like that might come in handy if he gets loose.
Well, that's a lot of unsolicited advice but you can always delete the comment :) We've really enjoyed our lambs and are looking to get a black tunis/romney baby girl this year. Perhaps we'll have our own lambs next year!

Leslie said...

what a sweet little lamb...my kids dream of having their own farm animals. Yours must be in heaven!!

Katie said...

Sean told me I'm not invited for soup. I am totally fine with that. ;)

Hannah said...

Alison, he's on a loooong leash and as long as that is working for us we'll continue it. I like that we can rotate his location this way too.

Granny, thanks for all the info. I need to read up more on sheep. I'd love to get another lamb. He's already been banded below :) and has a lovely temperament. He's been taking some of the chicken feed and loves dandelions and cut grass too. In another week I think he'll be ready to be weaned.

Kate - no soup? How about shish kabobs Symeons style?

Diane said...

He's looking pretty stinkin' cute.

Joy said...

How cute! I love sheep! Congrats on a new lamb!
Joy

Ways of Zion said...

adorable....and oh so yummy! we had lamb Sunday!

Katie said...

Hmm...perchance if I do not meet Barley alive....and our first encounter is at the dinner table...I may then be able to eat him. Perchance. No promises. He is awfully cute.

Mindy said...

I plundered around your blog this evening and found a multitude of useful, encouraging information. I will visit again soon.

Jen said...

Our pals in Montana had three lambs in their very suburban yard, and they were just fine. Although, they had to walk them up and down the mountain on leashes in order to get them enough excercise.

I've thought it would be great to raise our own lambs-- but, I don't think I'd be able to seperate the cuteness from it being on my plate....

Patton's With Passion said...

I had no idea their tails got docked. How neat to have a lamb!