The cria are all growing well and enjoying interacting with each other. However, in this, the only in shot picture I took today, they all look bored with each other! Tyke is eating a thistle, Little Rascal is looking wet and whoever that is in the background is scratching. It has been a grey day!
We are now making more regular visits to the herd we help with and that is quite exciting with extra fleece to be processed, possible mating for next year, halter training - the list goes on!
I have been battling away with Sherbet's skin problems and I think we have finally turned the comer as her neck is now cleared up - it was cracked and hard with bare patches - neck now normal. The cria eyes which were attacked by flies and quite nasty in places are all now better after a couple of applications of Orbenin. Zara and her cria, Tyke, both black, had nose problems but applications of Camrosa have sorted that out for now. Zara is also getting extra rations and I am trying to get her to eat a supplement - not very successful. They are all getting another move round at the weekend as we have almost completed fencing some smaller paddocks which means we can move Dude down from the top and put the girls near where he was - would not be a good idea if he was still there!
Last week I was staying at the Shepherd's looking after his house and animals whilst he was away in Cumbria. This went well, mostly! The dogs behaved perfectly but the six lambs who come back for their supper at night and in the morning were a bit naughty. I came back one lunch time to find them all sunbathing in the front garden having eaten every flower from the sweet peas and the cyclamen AND having completely reorganised the garage. My sheep have now almost all been crutched out ready for the Teaser Ram. Sadly, the Romneys escaped at a crucial point so there are still two of them to be done. This is our version of a Pratley handling system!
It would have been more effective if Sam hadn't chosen the wrong moment to zoom past in his truck and if Carl hadn't been distracted by a Scottie!
Knitting is taking a back seat at the minute as I am attempting to make an alpaca felt teddy. It is a little lopsided and I am having trouble attaching the tail but we may get there in the end.