Saturday, October 27, 2012

More BabyBQ

Here is BabyBQ up and eating all by herself! She is growing and doing very well.

Monday, October 22, 2012


BabyBQ was born September 27th, her mom is TabbyQ.  She was very small, weighed only 4 pounds at eight days old.  The night she was born, I found her cold and very lethargic.  Her mouth was cold, so she needed warmed up immediately.  We put her in a big plastic bag, with her head peaking out, them submerged her, from the neck down, in a 10 gal. bucket of hot water.  It did the trick!  She warmed up enough so I could "tube" her and then feed her freshly milked colostrum.  I fed her colostrum every 4 hours for the first 24.  I continued to tube her for two days.  She did not respond quickly to all the treatment she was receiving.  TabbyQ was  a very good mother and was always attentive, even though BabyBQ spent all her time sleeping.  I must admit, I said a few prayers to the good Lord for this little bitty lamb!  A prayer for the little lamb to respond and a prayer for me to have a steady hand to insert the tube.  Every day this little bit of a lamb was a little bit better.

"Tubing" a lamb is a very good way to save a lamb.  The tube is inserted, them removed, for every feeding.  The tube is a method to get the life-saving colostrum in the stomach of weak lambs.  Once you get the colostrum in the lambs belly, usually the lamb will respond in a miraculous fashion, in minutes!  From lethargic and limp, to struggling to it's feet to take it's first steps. 

Premier's Equipment That Works! catalog has a very good tutorial on how to "tube" a lamb and all the supplies in which to do so.  Pipestone Veterinary Supply catalog as is a very good source and also carries all the supplies needed.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Bishop Hill Fiber Guild 32nd Annual Spin-In

This fine Hettinger Corriedale fiber will be at the Bishop Hill Fiber Guild 32nd Annual Spin-In.  The Spin-In will be Saturday, October 20 at the East Peoria Events Center on 4200 East Washington in East Peoria, IL.  In addition to the yarn and roving, I will also be bringing some freshly shorn lovely soft Corriedale fleeces.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Time to harvest the soybeans

There is lots of activity on the farm this week.  The soybeans are ready to harvest and that means the cold weather isn't far behind!

Monday, October 1, 2012

First 2012 fall lambs...twins!

We have had a busy two weeks.  Our Corriedale ewes have had two sets of twin lambs and one single lamb so far this fall.  This is the first set of twins at ten days old.