Category Archives: Supplements

Milk fever, Tums, and sick sheep

I got a call the other day from a good friend and fellow shepherdess who had a ewe who recently delivered a large lamb and, soon after, became weak and disoriented, just lying in the straw and showing little interest in her lamb. My friend had recognized the symptoms as those of “milk fever,” more […]

More on lower weight ewes

On Monday I wrote about the unusual weight loss as our ewes go into this fall’s breeding groups. Within a few hours of that posting, my vet, Rik, returned my call and we came up with an idea of what might be unfolding and also a plan of attack. I’m so lucky to have found […]

Creep feed

Our newborn lambs begin their exposure to grain and alfalfa at a very young age. Their digestion of these foods doesn’t really happen in a very efficient manner until they are about six weeks old, but that process is dependent upon early exposure, so within days of birth, they have access to unlimited quantities of […]

More about Christmas trees — feeding your flock

In Wednesday’s post I discussed where to find trees and how to select them. After making sure your selected trees haven’t been sprayed with flame retardant and are not sporting tinsel or ornaments, you’ve brought the stash to your farm and you’re ready to feed your flock. But first, here are a few things to […]

Christmas tree insight — about the trees

Although the title of this blog may lead you to believe that I’ve been sitting here and having deep thoughts on the meaning of the holiday, this post and the next will actually address sheep and their love of eating Christmas trees. There are trace nutrients in evergreens that, I’ve been told, cannot be gotten […]

End of pumpkins

This week will mark the end of our sheep’s pumpkin supply. Since November 5, we’ve broken and fed out a dozen pumpkins daily: eight to the adult ewes, two to the ewe lambs, and one each to the adult rams and to the ram lambs. We originally got about 360 pumpkins from the drug store; with […]