Monday, 3 May 2010

Some quiet time....

Now that lambing is finished, life seems a little quiet, not that I'm complaining. But you soon realise how tired you are once you stop.
Lamb 19 is now fully recovered, though he did have a visit from the vet on Thursday morning as he didn't seem to be picking up from his selenium injection. So the vet prescribed a multi vitamin injection and a course of strong antibiotics, a 1/4ml per day. We let him and his mum out with the rest of the ewes and lambs this morning.
With so many sheep we are watching the grass very carefully and this morning we let the ewes and lambs onto the common land as the grass is a good length, not too long and not too short, ideal for feeding ewes and young lambs. We're still feeding the ewes a mix of concentrates and sugar beet shreds and it's amazing how many of the lambs are starting to take an interest in the shreds, they are also forming a large lamb gang, headed by Amber's twins, they may be one of smallest set of twins in the pack, but they are two little "pocket rockets"
On Thursday morning the weather was ideal for me to spray out Ghilli and Grommet's summer paddock, the docks, nettles and thistles are really starting to put on some growth, and today, despite the cooling weather, they are showing signs of starting to die back. We'll move Ghilli and Grommet into this paddock this week, giving their existing paddock a rest before chain harrowing and the selectively spraying out for docks etc.
Today I went and picked up my chickens, they are now 11weeks old and tonight are safely tucked up in their new hen house. They travelled quite happily in the cat basket in the back of the car, cheeping away to each other. Tomorrow they will be let out into their hen run, when, hopefully, I can take some photos of them for the blog.

1 comment:

Jon Storey said...

I love watching the 'lamb gangs' playing in the fields.