There is cute fluffiness in the garden

Well not technically in the garden and if it gets in the garden there will be less of the cute, but for now they are in their little house and they are the cutest lambs in the world since last year’s ones.

Introducing Tim the Helper's Jigger on the left and the Joeyosaurus's Meep the Sheep on the right.

Introducing Tim the Helper’s Jigger on the left and the Joeyosaurus’s Meep the Sheep on the right.

We built a nice little shelter for then beside the chicken coop, put up a fence and a gate and stood back and congratulated ourselves on how far we had come.  This is our fifth year keeping lambs – well technically four as one year we couldn’t find lambs and had to buy the adorable Sweetie and Snowy who we love – except when they escape and get into my garden – then not so much with the love.

The first year we really didn’t know what we were doing as we were only a couple of years out of the city and were still glowing with that city slicker shine.   We put the lambs in with the chickens that year.   For the record – chicken wire is for chickens, not actively growing lambs.  I can’t tell you how many times we patched that fence after each escape.

The best lamb home we have ever had.

The best lamb home we have ever had.

We have come a long way since then.  We have a shiny new shelter for them.    And we introduced the new lambs to their new home, with their fluffy hay bed and they had a look around and then climbed out through the gaps in the gate and the squares in the wire fence.  While it was technically sheep wire the fence was made of – lambs come in really small sizes!  So I had to drag over the huge and heavy roll of wire and hammer it to the fence on top of the existing fence so it was over lapping and the gaps were smaller.  I didn’t hit my fingers too many times.  It was cutting the wire with the wire cutters which was the hard bit.  Then I put a mesh over the gate and the babies are now safely inside.  So while we have come a long away – we still haven’t come that far at all.

Now we have four lambs where we normally have two.  Once a year the kids need to raise a new born lamb, to train them to come when their name was called, and teach them how to navigate a an obstacle course, and they will also be judged on how well they have raised their lambs.  They do this as a school project called calf club.  Other kids from school will be raising lambs, goats, cows and chickens.  It is a really exciting day and hopefully the lambs will come away with a ribbon and if we are really lucky a cup or trophy.   (Really lucky!)   Kids in rural schools all over the country do calf club.  It’s a kiwi thing! These lambs are really tiny.  They were born on the 18th August and are cute and adorable and fluffy and love being around us and did I say cute.

Try and get out now!

Try and get out now!

The other two show how far we have come…  although time may show how far we still have to go.  The other two are two weeks old and didn’t start out around people so aren’t so friendly, which makes bottle feeding them interesting.  They are supposed to be for the table, so we have to try really hard to not get emotionally attached.  The kids think we will be taking them back to the farm with the calf club lambs at the end of the season where they will become wool sheep and will be swapped for meat.

This is red and green - because of their collar colour.  I wont feature these too much so you don't get too attached.

This is red and green – because of their collar colour. I wont feature these too much so you don’t get too attached.

The first night is always hard.  Going out in the cold and dark to do the late night feed and then checking in the morning to make sure they survived the night.   Added to this, early in the morning was a nasty electrical storm with thunder and lightning and torrential rain and the backyard flooded.  So the morning feed was really soggy.  Oh the joys of raising lambs!  Every year we forget the hard bits and excitedly bring home the cutest bundles of lamby joy!  Oh what fun we shall have!

Hello...  we are going to have a load of fun!

Hello… we are going to have a load of fun!

Come again soon – the old greenhouse is definitely coming down – once I figure out what to do with rusted bolts!

Sarah the Gardener  : o )

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9 Comments on “There is cute fluffiness in the garden

  1. Adorable! Adorable! Adorable! I was thinking to put off my sheep raising project for a few years from now, but these photos are changing my mind…

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    • Hi Sharon. Raising lambs is kind of easy. We were thrust into it as recent arrivals to the country with a five year old at a rural school and the advice: “oh by the way – you have to do calf club.” Luckily it isn’t too difficult and it is a load of fun. The best bit of advice (other than good strong fences with small gaps- sheep fencing) – provided you don’t have too many is to train them to walk on a lead. It makes moving them about the place really simple. If you are going to eat them though – try and stay emotionally unattached, which is really hard as they are soo cute!
      Cheers Sarah : o )

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  2. Oh no – we have the cutest lambs! See http://www.forkandneedle.blogspot.co.nz/2013/08/george-and-daniel.html
    I’ve grown up (and live now) around lambs but always seem to get so attached to them and had that awful ‘lamb that didn’t survive the night’ experience at least once a year. They are the best pets – so cuddly. I love your collars – we just have the markings my husband spray paints on them to match up the twins. Good luck with your lambs and taking them to school pet day. Ours are hopefully going to Playcentre tomorrow. 🙂

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    • Hi Taryn. Most of our lamb experience is learnt on the go… Luckily we have loads of helpful friends and neighbours – despite it being a predominantly dairy area. The collars are a kind of necessity as they need to be trained to walk on a lead. Oh the joys of calf club. It is always with mixed emotions when they go back to the farm, but I’m so glad the kids get the opportunity to raise lambs. Something that wouldn’t have happened had we stayed in the city.
      Love you blog, by the way…. and your lambs are very cute too!
      Cheers Sarah : o )

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  3. Lol, this has made the Mudlets morning. they especially love the little lambs wearing their blankets 🙂

    Love the idea of ‘calf club’. I suspect Health and Safety would put a stop to anything as fun as a calf club day, over here though 😉

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    • Hi Elaine. Aren’t lambs the cutest! The cool thing about rural schools is country kids are quite tough – shoes are hardly ever worn at school… They get sent to school with shoes on, but I suspect they all come off on the bus on the way to school.
      Cheers Sarah : o)

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  4. OH MY GOODNESS! I want to hug them and squeeze and love them forever! Sorry, I turn into Elmira from Tiny toons when I see adorable things. You need to take a million pictures of these little babies because they’re going to grow way too fast!

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    • Hi Meredith. They are so cuddly and come running over when they see you. I don’t how much of this is because they think they are going to be feed…. But I’ll take it as love!
      Cheers Sarah : o )

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