Tag Archives: Poison

Cranky Aunt Odelia

Just as with people, sheep mothers come in various flavors. Some, like Myth, are very regimented, insisting that even their newborn lambs nurse according to a schedule. Others, like our previous flock matriarch Zoe, are willing to feed any lambs — often finding a lost lamb and nudging it towards her own teats. Most fall […]

Types of mothers

Before I had sheep, I guess I didn’t give how they mother much thought. If I had, I think I would have assumed that Mother Nature had blessed them with mothering intuition that was pretty much standard – they knew what they needed to know and that was that! A our flock grew and we […]

Hardly the end of parasites

In a typical year, once the cold weather comes to Iowa with its snow and sub-zero temperatures, we can stop worrying about internal parasites. I’ve written often this year about the problems that last summer’s hot and wet weather created in producing the “perfect storm” for these icky critters. Although we have been selecting for […]