Friday, June 25, 2010

holy shit

So I know my sheep are on the chubby side, but Maude...she's huge. Not only is she huge, her teats have dropped, and her end is looking very very raw and red. I don't want to cry wolf, but when I got these sheep I was told that Sal's castration didn't go as planned....

There might just be a lamb at Cold Antler this spring.

29 Comments:

OpenID chickadeeworkshop said...

Ummm, I think it's too late for spring, how about summer? What have these guys been up to while you are busy at work thinking everything is innocent back home? If Maude is p.g., then it's a wonder it hasn't happened sooner. Though that could be due to Maude's lack of receptivity, eh?

June 25, 2010 at 7:35 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

I don't know, it may be a false alarm. I do know she was leaking some fluid, and her teats are super prominent... she's so round.

Sal has his full sack, it was supposed to be clamped with a castrator but the vet had to try twice and they weren't sure. I've seen him get busy with her...

maybe... we'll see!

June 25, 2010 at 7:45 PM  
Blogger jenomnibus said...

Aw, geez. You gonna make 'em get married?

June 25, 2010 at 7:49 PM  
Blogger Farmer's Daughter said...

I love farm babies! Our shire Isabelle is 1 today!

June 25, 2010 at 8:36 PM  
Blogger bookjunky said...

If they've been getting jiggy (do people still say that?) and her teats are huge and swollen then she may be giving birth soon.

If she goes off her feed keep an eye out....usually they will give birth that night. That said, I am all in favor of leaving the ewe the hell alone to do her thing. Nature's been doing it for thousands of years before we humans came along and more often than not we just f*** things up.

June 25, 2010 at 9:24 PM  
Blogger bookjunky said...

How about a pic or two so we can all guess?

June 25, 2010 at 9:25 PM  
Blogger Marissa said...

Sounds like you'll have a lamb running around before too long.
Keep an eye on her eating, when she goes off her feed she'll give birth not too long after.

June 25, 2010 at 9:28 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

i'll take a photo in the morning, some of you shepherds can let me know...

June 25, 2010 at 9:41 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

i'll take a photo in the morning, some of you shepherds can let me know...

June 25, 2010 at 9:41 PM  
OpenID chickadeeworkshop said...

I follow another "shepherd blog" and it sure does sound like she's preggers and due rather soon. Maude might be a very interesting mommy. If she doesn't like you already, good luck getting near her lamb.

June 25, 2010 at 10:38 PM  
Blogger twistie said...

How exciting!! Keep us posted!

June 25, 2010 at 10:39 PM  
Blogger satansflaminghairplugs said...

"Sal has his full sack, it was supposed to be clamped with a castrator but the vet had to try twice and they weren't sure. "


Dude. Get a new vet.

June 25, 2010 at 10:58 PM  
Blogger Ploehn said...

Completely off topic...I just wanted to say that I just finished your book in 7 hrs! I bought it today and couldn't put it down. Your book was very well written, an easy read, and I could relate to almost everything you wrote about. I live in a rental apartment right now, and feel like I do what I can to be as sustainable as I can with what I have, but I aspire to have my own farm with animals and a garden much like you do. The biggest problem I have is finding people my age (our age) with the same interests. Most of the farmers and people I meet or interact with could be my grandparents! However, they are great to learn from, and I love hearing old time stories. Thanks for your story and your inspirations! Keep doing what you're doing!

June 25, 2010 at 11:11 PM  
Blogger CountryCouture said...

I love it when bloggers who rarely curse, do so. Just reading your title made me crack up laughing b/c depsite all that you have been through, you rarely utter such a thing on your blog! Talk about comedic timing! Great stuff!

June 25, 2010 at 11:19 PM  
Blogger RenĂ© said...

Yay babies! Maybe a lamb will soften up her cold black sheep heart.

June 25, 2010 at 11:19 PM  
Blogger Kathleen Stoltzfus said...

If Sal has a sack that's not flat and withered, but instead feels, um, full, then he's a ram. Are you comfortable feeling up a sheep?

June 25, 2010 at 11:28 PM  
OpenID urbanadaptation said...

If she is in the family way, I wonder what kind of temperament a child-of-Maude would have...

June 25, 2010 at 11:54 PM  
Blogger Paula said...

oh how udderly cool!!! A lamb-baby at CAF!

Well, you may be just whistling Dixie, but I for one can't wait to see!

June 26, 2010 at 12:50 AM  
Blogger Moose Nuggets said...

This could also explain why Maude has been such a stuck in the mud. Being pregger is NOT fun.
Did your shearers mention anything about it?

June 26, 2010 at 3:47 AM  
Blogger doglady said...

Well, it is morning and no photos. Does this mean Jenna is up to her elbows in lambing procedures with an ewe who can be obstreperous? Can't wait to hear.
As for Sal, it sounds like they tried to crush the vesicles and it didn't happen. Tell who you bought him from to get his money back from the vet. Better yet don't as he would want more money from you for an intact ram.

June 26, 2010 at 6:13 AM  
Blogger Jenna said...

i went up to check on them this morning. Maude's eating, picking at the grass. She's kicking the sides of her stomach every now and again, and there seems to be a discharge from her back end. I have no idea if I'm making this up or not, but i'll take photos!

June 26, 2010 at 6:26 AM  
Blogger Crystal said...

From someone that doesn't know a thing about a sheep, I want to see photos too!! How exciting!

From someone labeled "Grand Multipara" I hope she's due soon! I couldn't imagine having raw parts and leaking for an entire pregnancy.

June 26, 2010 at 8:14 AM  
Blogger ~ Janis said...

Who would of thought that Maude, of all the critters you have, would be the one to give you such a wonderful gift.
She sure can keep a secret!
Hope it all turns out well.

June 26, 2010 at 8:16 AM  
Blogger Duck said...

It sounds like she's pregnant and due very soon, but we'll just have to wait and see, huh?

Boy, a previous poster hit the nail on the head by saying she sure can keep a secret!

June 26, 2010 at 8:41 AM  
Blogger Kris said...

Jenna, sure sounds like she could have some lambs soon. How exciting! Has she ever had lambs before? They are the cutest little farm animals ever. I can't wait to read more and see pictures soon.

Ploehn, you need to come visit Chattanooga. Lots of very young farmers here. We have a great farmers market with lots of great people here. Come check it out.

June 26, 2010 at 9:45 AM  
Blogger twistie said...

sounds exactly like what my doe did before she kidded last spring....

June 26, 2010 at 10:23 AM  
Blogger Jenna said...

I don't know if she's ever lambed before, if she did it was over three years ago. time will tell!

June 26, 2010 at 11:07 AM  
Blogger Maggie in Tally said...

Child-of-Maude....Spawn-of-Satan....hmm. Dunno why my mind made that connection so quickly. By the way, is Joseph fixed? I know he's only a year--dunno when sheep mature.

June 26, 2010 at 11:39 AM  
Blogger Stargazer 2 said...

JENNA,
WELL, THIS PHOTO OF MAUDE IS NOT WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS SO WE CERTAINLY DO NEED MORE PHOTOS UNTIL
ANOTHER CAF DRAMA PLAYS OUT!!!
THIS IS BETTER THAN WATCHING THE SOAP OPERAS' ON TV!!!
CHEERS WITH A HEALTH DRINK!!!
YES, I'M SURE YOU MAY NEED SOME CHEERS TODAY, & PROBABLY NOT
FROM A HEALTH DRINK EITHER!!!
RONNIE

June 26, 2010 at 12:25 PM  

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