It’s been a crazy several weeks. First, I want to give a shout out to the amazing Sara Risley of Get Lost Indiana. She came to visit the farm on Easter Sunday, got the grand tour, and watched while we tried to wrangle a bottle lamb. She was getting lost at Blackhawk Winery in Sheridan yesterday where I ran into her while picking up my spring wine club order. Make sure you check out her adventures. #GETLOSTINDIANA
On the lamb front, we were on hold at 40 lambs for a couple of weeks. We were down to our oldest ewe, our youngest ewe, and another with an interesting udder.
Then, the week before last, on a freezing night when we arrived home late from a concert, the oldest decided to give birth to triplets. The first didn’t live and I wasn’t sure about the second, but I’m happy to say that the second did survive and the remaining two are doing quite well.
A few short days later, with the temperature in the 80s and high humidity, the youngest decided to give birth. Her lambs were very dark in color and, it was so hot, they were panting shortly after birth and could hardly nurse. Since I had just let everyone out on pasture two days before, I had to take her and her lambs back to the barn for some shelter from the sun. After a week in the barn, they are both strong and healthy and yesterday began enjoying the fresh grass again with everyone else.
This week, it seems we have a little one that has come down with tetanus. It appears his lastration opened up and became infected. His legs would lock up and he was having trouble keeping himself upright. So Wednesday night, I rigged a sling in the barn to keep him upright during the day so that his digestion would continue working and I lay him in a corner at night so that he cannot roll over backward. With a treatment of liquid goldenseal root and some careful nursing, hopefully he will be back to health soon.
So, we are still on hold with one ewe but after 45 births and a couple of losses, we have 41 lambs going strong and one working to get healthy.
Finally, don’t forget our chicken and egg CSA offers below.
- Do you use a lot of chicken and have some freezer space? We will raise your chickens, as few as 10 and as many as 50. You pay us to raise them and deliver them to the butcher. You pay the butcher to have them dressed out as you like. The chickens will be heritage breeds, raised on grass in moveable pens (we’ve found that is safer out here with the hawks), and supplemented with organic feed. Please send us a message for more details.
- Don’t have much space but still use quite a bit of chicken. You may select the large CSA option. That consists of two whole chickens and two dozen eggs. $40 weekly.
- Just need a little bit. Select one whole chicken and one dozen eggs for $18 weekly.
Just message or e-mail us for more information.
As always, we also sell our eggs and grass-fed meats at the farm.
Full Circle Farm. Working with Nature.