Beekissed

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Got a few pics of the new sheep today, but mostly of their butts...not really my intention but every time I approached the group, they turned away and just kept on eating. If I tried to get a side view or front view, they'd just casually turn away and move on....so lots of pics of butts. Sorry! :D :D

It does give an idea of the size of these ewe lambs~both 7 mo. old~in relation to my older sheep.


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I really like these sheep's calm demeanor, stocky build and confident manner. And I really like their chunky, chubby butts!

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This morning, with the weather turning cold and rain pouring down, mating season has commenced. Virgin ram met 7 yr old Rose, who was the only one that would stand for him. About wore him out trying to reach her successfully....he's still a tad short.

Shine, who I thought was the only one heating up, wouldn't stand today....I might have missed her heat, as she was backing up to him through the fence a few days ago, but is butting heads with him now.

The ewe lambs are singularly uninterested in him and he's only shown them a passing glance.

Hope he can get the job done this month, as I'd like to have April lambs, if possible. Now that he's finally had a chance to complete the act, he should be turning on the male hormones a tad more strongly.
 

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Got an aquarium heater to place in my cooler waterer....says it will keep water temps 75 degrees. We'll see. Cheap, if it works....$11 and some change, free s/h.

Also have a few cheap float valves on order so I can move from the current nipple bowl delivery system to a shallow basin instead. The larger sheep find the nipple bowl too small to drink from, though the smaller ones seem to like it fine. Will design my own basin, most likely, from a shallow baking pan or something similar, if possible. Can get those at GW for $1.

All that will cut out the need for a hose to the drinker, cutting down on the water to be heated outside the cooler. The float valve should connect directly to the cooler/reservoir, eliminating the garden hose. Will have to revamp the cooler stand but will figure it out.

If all this works, it will give us clean water all winter and also the rest of the seasons, with less water waste all around. No fouled water....fresh and clean all season long. If I had water to my animal places, this would likely be easier, but I don't and it all must be carried from the house via buckets, so all of this is an effort to provide clean water, less waste and less carrying of buckets.

If this works, the dogs and fowl will also be put on a cooler waterer system. Cheaply but effectively done...if it all works.
 
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