Saturday, January 31, 2009
What a gorgeous day, and we were too busy to enjoy it at home. Bob is helping our friends with the Gypsy Horse Show at the Ft. Worth Stock Show this weekend. We just love the look of these feathered beauties! Here are a few photos.
I can't wait to see more photos from the Saturday evening classes. The show is being run in conjunction with the Miniature Horse Show. I wish I could be there.
I had a judging assignment at a cat show in Brenham, which is a great little town in southern Texas. So we went in opposite directions from home.
I did get home in time to enjoy some sunshine. I let the ewes with lambs out to graze for a little bit. The babies nibbled on the grass and enjoyed hopping around for a little while. Since they don't live together they got to actually "meet and play" for the first time. Those ol' bossy moms were always breaking them up though.
Friday, January 30, 2009
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And the Tunis breed is a descendant of the fat-tailed sheep of northern Africa. The Tunis breed standard says "The Tunis has a slight "fat tail" and should not be docked too short." It goes on to mention "The tail should be no less than one inch in length in accordance with Sheep Industry Development Program, Inc, recommendations for breeding stock. It has pronounced width."
So after much care we banded them "on the long side." This is a photo of the first one - Ruby. Yes, we even brought them in the house to do the banding. See the black ink from the Sharpie we used to mark the spot? She was more interested in Bobo our cat than she was the tight band on her tail.
Needless to say I was very surprised when I walked into the barn at our first sheep show, those sheep just didn't have any tails left. None, nothing, nada...
Well, today, we weren't ready to go that far and don't have any shows nearby so we doubt these will ever be show sheep. So the three girls today will be left with a "happy medium" about an inch to an inch and one half. Short enough for cleanliness and long enough for a little "privacy".
A tetanus shot, a quick band on the tail, a kiss on the head and we were done with those three.
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Tessa still likes to have some additional milk from the bottle, Terra will usually take about an ounce if I insist. Covering her eyes with my gloved hand seems to persuade her to nurse on it for a bit. Guess she forgets for a moment that it isn't her mom.
Tami is doing great too, she and mom, Mimi, are next door to the twins and watch us and wait for some attention to come their way. Tami will be a fast grower with all the milk that Mimi has for her.
Aren't the Tunis lambs cute? I just love that Irish Setter red color! So far none have had white on the top of their heads, a common trait of the Tunis breed.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
I started naming the lambs by a letter of the alphabet so I can easily keep up with their age. 2007 was the first year we had lambs, Rufus and Ruby got named first so I decided to go with R for that year. We were without a ram in 2008 so we had no babies other than the two we bought, we named them Sierra and Sassy.
Terra and Tessa are doing good, I was a bit concerned this morning that Terra wasn't interested at all in a supplemental bottle and seemed to be listless. Bob checked Binky and got a little milk from her. I brought them both in the house to warm up, it was 24 degrees outside with ice glistening in the sun.
I waited 2 hours to see if she would take a bottle. Bob had milked a little from Mimi and I was hoping to get it down her. No way... though Tessa thought it was great. I took her back to Mom hoping she would nurse. And yes, that is what she wanted. Apparently she had been getting enough from Binky and just wasn't hungry enough to take the bottle. So they are back with their mom and hopefully she will have enough to feed them now. I will offer them some again this evening to see if they are hungry.
Here is a photo of Binky in the front, Mimi behind her and the ewes in waiting in the outside run. I guess my worries that we would have no lambs again were in vain, I noticed this morning that another ewe, Spring, is bagging up!
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Binky is the mother of Rufus, our first bottle baby. But she had rejected him, it wasn't a milk issue. Everybody at work is asking if I am going to bring them to work with me. Hopefully NOT! Though they are really cute little girls. These are the first lambs sired by our ram from New York.
And I have to get new heat lamps, couldn't find one that worked this morning and there is an ice storm on the way. I came to work early and will go home as soon as TSC opens so I can swing by there and do some "shopping."
Monday, January 26, 2009
Saturday, January 24, 2009
I also updated the "Specials" page on the website at www.unicornerfarm.com/special.htm - check out our discounted "Valentines"!
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Well, the website certainly helps promote our miniature horses. We have sold Buccaneer and Maui Waui to a lovely family from Florence, Texas. We will be delivering them Saturday if all goes as planned. There will be two little girls waiting to spoil them.
Now it would be great if we can find a home for Boomer so he won't miss his buddies. He really is my favorite boy from last year, I love his blaze face. He is the smallest of the three.
Unicorner Rowdy Boomer is a full brother to our younger stallion, Unicorner Rowdy Batman. Boomer will probably mature to look a lot like his brother.
Monday, January 19, 2009
This is a short video of Unicorner Rowdy Buccaneer, a silver buckskin miniature horse.
Buccaneer or "Bucky" for short is for sale and more information and photos can be seen of him on the website at www.unicornerfarm.com.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
I work for Manitou, an international manufacturer of rough terrain forklifts and other material handling equipment. It really is a good place to work. I have worked here at the U.S. subsidiary for 13 years now.
We even have two office cats, K-D and Mani who make the time at work more enjoyable. Their mother had them in the ceiling at our old plant and one weekend they fell between the wall of the engineering department. Luckily, their mewing was heard and after removing the paneling these two and four others were rescued.
Their mom was nowhere to be found, they must have been looking for her when they stumbled into the gap. We found homes for the others and our president of the company allowed us to keep these two. Named appropriately for the company (it was then K-D Manitou).