Saturday, June 26, 2010

still not sure

I have no idea if Maude is pregnant or not. Yesterday she seemed languid, dripping, heavy, and slow. Everything she did looked and acted like the labor descriptions in my sheep books. This afternoon she was back to her old, crotchety, self. Right now I wouldn't be surprised if she dropped a set of twins or bit me. Maude is a mystery, always will be.

I would like to have a lamb around though. It would be good practice for next spring. We'll have to wait and see.

I moved the turkeys outside this week. They're all doing well. I've kept them inside the small pen for their own protection from the big hens and geese. When all the birds in the coop are used to them, they can join the fuss. Though I plan on making them sleep in the barn in a few weeks since that many turkeys don't jive with chickens. One turkey with a handful of chickens: no problem. Four turkeys and it's the Jets and Sharks.

Tomorrow: time to start those fences.

9 Comments:

Blogger twistie said...

thanks for the update, I've been checking frequently tonight, (While working on other things on the computer) wondering and waiting...

June 26, 2010 at 11:23 PM  
OpenID urbanadaptation said...

Good luck - with either the lamb, or with Maude's general crankiness.

June 26, 2010 at 11:51 PM  
Blogger bookjunky said...

Even with my ewes who I knew for sure were pregnant, there were days I still wondered if they really were faking it. The last one seemed to take forever to lamb.

She was also a bad tempered (polled) ewe and she, of all my ewes, lost one twin. I don't know whether it was stillborn or whether she wandered off and left it. She wasn't all that thrilled with the one that survived either. It took her a while to adapt to motherhood, unlike some of the other ewes...they are all individuals.

Hope you can get someone in the know to take a look at Maude. It should be pretty dang apparent if she is about to lamb. I hope you are so lucky - lambing has been the greatest in spite of the challenges.

June 27, 2010 at 12:55 AM  
Blogger doglady said...

I have no knowledge of lambing but if Maude is dripping, something is going on. I think you'll have a lamb or two by tomorrow.
Now, I'm headed your way bringing my Dad home so I won't know anything until I get back here tomorrow. I'm going to miss the grand announcement.The first thing I'll do is check CAF.

June 27, 2010 at 5:14 AM  
Blogger Crystal said...

My first thing to do is check CAF in the morning too (and sometimes afternoon :) I was rewarded with two new posts but alas no lambing.

Our only livestock are Angoras and in a week I'll get two does to start breeding. I'm already nervous and excited about it and haven't even gotten them yet. I can't imagine what emotions the possibility of a whole huge lamb would give me.

June 27, 2010 at 8:08 AM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

Hey Jenna,
I've read that chickens and turkeys shouldn't be allowed to live together because of "blackhead". Do you know anything about that? We are going to great lengths to keep our turkeys and chickens separate. And it would be just GREAT if we could house them together instead.

Thanks,
Elizabeth

June 27, 2010 at 1:50 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

elizabeth: I keep them together, since it's usually just one or two turkeys here. Four is the most I ever kept. I've never had a problem but they were also raised from poults and chicks together, in the same brooder.

June 27, 2010 at 3:18 PM  
Blogger Judy Hamilton said...

I've raised turkeys and chickens together for several years now...right now our ratio is 28 chickens to 7 turkeys, and there are no problems whatsoever. When the poults and/or chicks are small (first four weeks or so) they're housed separately from the older hens, but chicks and poults seem to be fine together. After about four weeks everybody lives and sleeps and eats together, and the world is well...at least around here!

June 27, 2010 at 4:45 PM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

Wow. You' re kidding!
We really have done A LOT to keep these guys apart because we didn't want to infect the turkeys (we have a couple pre-sold and we want one for ourselves, too) and possibly loose the batch (we have 6). Those who have turkeys: do you free range them with the chickens? Do the turks come in to the coop at night with the chickens or do they have to be coaxed into the coop?

Nobody around here raises turkeys so I've just been reading things online.
Thanks for all your help!

Elizabeth

June 27, 2010 at 5:44 PM  

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