Meet Kim (named after my friend Kim who helps me sew my potholders and scarves, and helped make my Plaid Friday a success) she’s our new sheep. Not the best photo (Jon has a better one on his blog) but she just wouldn’t stand still. I can’t blame her all these new sheep and donkeys and a dog to get used to. And then there’s Ted, the ram she came with. He was all over the girls. Sniffing them and scrunching up his nose and showing his teeth. They weren’t too happy with him. He didn’t get near Zelda or Ma, but he was mostly interested in Suzy. Not that she wanted anything to do with him.
It will just take a while. I remember at the old Bedlam Farm when Daryl brought a ram. The sheep were separated in two different pastures. We were trying keeping some of the sheep separate from the ram. But they would have no part it. After a day or two they were at the gate trying to get to him. We finally put them all together and things settled down.
I imagine the same will happen here. Ted seems to be a gentle ram, not too pushy, but definitely excitable. In two months he’ll go back to Daryl’s Farm and we’ll hopefully have some pregnant sheep.
We believe Kim is already pregnant, but she’s not due for a few months. She’s a Karakul. Karakul lambs are what Persian Coats are made out of. We won’t be doing any of that (the coats are made out of three day old lamb pelts.) but I’m sure we’ll get some nice wool from Kim and eventually her lamb. I can’t wait to see what it’s like. Kim seems like a sweet thing. Daryl’s daughter halter trained her so she’s very friendly. I think she’s going to like it here at Bedlam Farm. I know I’m going to like having her here.