I have been living at a “farm” for the last two weeks. So, with my vast experience I thought I would share with you a few farming pearls.
1. Sheep like to have pelvic exams as much as most women do. Imagine me in carharrt bibs and jacket with a glove up to my shoulder, chasing a 300 pound ewe in circles. If that doesn’t make you grin, you may want to consider Prozac. I thought that maybe she was in labor and I didn’t know if there was a problem or not, so I thought I would ‘just’ check her cervix. After about 10 minutes of trying to check her, I gave up. I figure if she had that much energy, she must be ok. If only I knew if she was really in labor or not!
2. You do not have to look at the genitals of a sheep to know the sex, you just have to wait for it to pee. If the urine comes from mid abdomen, it is male. If it comes from near the rear it is female.
3. Chickens like cat food. When I go get the cat food, not only are the cats waiting by their bowls, but the chickens are all there, as well.
4. If you feed a lamb, it will follow you anywhere you go. I have grown pretty fond of this little lamb. Every time I go to the barn, he gets so excited. I can’t seem to get the stall door open quick enough. He is dancing and prancing and sometimes ready to ram the door down to get to me. Ok. Ok. Ok. I know he is just trying to get to his food, but it sure makes me feel special!
5. The formula for the lamb doesn’t taste all that different from cow milk, just a bit sweeter. It reminds me of the powdered milk I had in Ethiopia. I am thinking it would be great in my morning coffee.
6. Animals may appear to live in harmony, but it isn’t true. Last week, a huge wing was in the barn. I don’t know for sure what it was, I just know it was HUGE. The feathers weren’t white, so I am going to suggest they are not the wings of an angel. Based on the animals in the area, it was most likely a turkey. Assuming it was a turkey, who killed it and where is the rest of it? I can’t imagine that the roosters killed it. It wasn’t in the pens with sheep. So, I am going to blame the cats. There are eightish of them. Then, today, a rooster was killed. I came on the scene of the murder shortly after the slaying. Are the turkeys taking revenge?
7. Sheep would rather be sniffed than touched. Seriously. I have never had a sheep run away from me when I sniffed it. But if I put my hand out for them to sniff me or to touch them, at least half the time they run the other way. Next time you are around an animal try it out. Lol! And please let me know how it goes. Do they prefer the nose or the hand?
8. Just because he is called a ram doesn’t mean he will ram you.