Today, I spent a few hours at sheep farm learning all about them. It was at whim that I went, but I had always been curious what it was like to raise sheep. I’ve had goats before, but I knew that sheep were more different than one might think. There’s just something pleasing about a big fluffy sheep.
I wasn’t disappointed. Being around all the sheep was very relaxing, indeed. They were much more shy than goats, yet they still had a discernible inquisitive spark. There were many baby lambs suckling on their mothers and it was fun to watch them run around. Often they got confused or separated, but their mom always knew which lamb was her’s and would gently head-butt any imposter.
When it came time to choose a lamb of my own, it was difficult even keeping track of which was which. I think I made the right decision though, as the one I chose is now sleeping snugly on the chair next to me. Of course, she won’t be living in the house permanently, but she’s so young and vulnerable now that I’ve been keeping her with me and I confess that earlier I may have napped with her curled up asleep in my arms.
I’m putting a short video up I filmed after I brought her home. I introduced her to Miskatonic first, who has proven to be great with all animals, especially very young ones. She often whines at them, which I’ve found a little puzzling. I think she doesn’t know what to make of it, but she has a stellar maternal instinct. After all, Misky has never seen a lamb before. My favorite part in the video is when she slowly moves away after the lamb curls up along side her. I know Misky will be a great baby sitter when I’m away from the house.
I’ll be bottle raising this baby and so far it’s been confusing for her. From what I’ve learned it takes a few feedings for a baby to adjust to a synthetic nipple. I got some milk in her this afternoon and again this evening. She seems content and I think by tomorrow she’ll be hungry enough to put a better effort into figuring it out.
It’s likely that after she’s weaned, I’ll get her a friend. Sheep are, of course, herd animals and I don’t believe they should be kept solitary from their own species. Maybe after I learn more, she can even have a baby of her own, but that’s a long way off now.