Monday Odds and Ends

Pay bills, do laundry, vacuum, doctor some gimpy sheep. That was my to-do list today.

Yesterday, I noticed Shadrach limping and favoring his front left foot. So I got a good look at him during his breakfast (I could perform brain surgery on him as long as it didn't interfere with his meal) and found nothing wrong. I'm going to assume he twisted his ankle while gamboling around the pasture, and keep an eye on it for a couple of days.

Then, this afternoon, I noticed Queen Esther favoring the same right front foot which gave us so much trouble a month ago. I knew her hoof had a crack in it, but there wasn't anything that could be done about it at the time. Then, of course, they slogged around in the mud for over a week, so I was curious what effect that would have on the situation. Today, she was really limping, so it was time for a full-on examination.

I lured all the sheep into the portable pen with DDs help. Esther is a smart cookie and is wisely suspicious of me rounding everyone up. It took a little while to convince her to join the others in the pen. Finally, we got all the sheep stuffed in the pen and pulled the panels in tight so there was no room to run. I caught the Queen and set her up on her hind end and looked at her foot. The good news was that I saw no infection, but the nail was beginning to splay out, so I trimmed it flat. Then I noticed a small rock stuck in the pad of her toe and popped that out. Not finding anything else, I turned her loose.

She's still limping, but I'm sure if the rock or the malformed toenail made her sore, she'll be sore for a little while. Again, I'll just keep an eye on it and see if she gets better.

Every time I finish with a little operation like this, I am reminded why I chose animals that are easy to handle.

Tomorrow, I'll be working big ol' cuckleburrs out of several alpacas' forelocks. That ought to be fun. And then I need to figure out where those horrid things are growing in my pasture and pull them out.

Not such a bad job - the weather has turned gorgeous. Big, blissful sigh.


BREAKING NEWS: Lynn from our fiber processor, Spinderella's Fiber Mill, contacted me today and said that our boxes of fiber arrived safely! Man, that was quick. Now, I'll be praying that they move our fiber through the machinery and are able to get it back to us before too long! Our harvest day is a little bit closer!


  1. Awww, poor sheepies! I bet getting that stone out of Esther's foot will help a lot . . . I too have sensitive princess feet, and if I get a pebble in my shoe, it's torture!

    Also, yay for the fiber! I'm glad you keep reminding me that there's fiber at the end of the farm fun rainbow.

  2. Blessed be the sheep of our friend, Cindy!!

  3. Poor sweeties . . . I was thinking of coming to visit soon. Maybe Saturday I could help you look for what's in the pasture that's bothering those boys--and do a little raking??? I actually looked at rakes at Home Depot--told my husband "this one" would be perfect for raking poop. He just rolled his eyes. :O)

  4. Okay, here's a city girl question. What's the difference between a regular rake and a sheep poop rake?

  5. Grandmatutu - Saturday I'll have a spinning student at 10 AM. Wanna sit in and brush up your drop spindling? Or earlier, I'll be doing chores if you want to come...

    Peggy - a poop rake has some flexibility, but not too much... some stiffness, but not too much. It takes a discerning eye to tell the difference ;-)

  6. Thanks. A quality sheep poop rake must be a thing of beauty!

  7. Ann McCarthy11:04 PM

    Love the name Spinderella's Fiber Mill. Very imaginative.

  8. Anonymous1:18 PM

    Can you tell my puppies to be as good as your sheep? Cause just clipping nails is an event at our house!


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