It's still a bit early, but in about 3 to 4 weeks my Drenthe Heath sheep will start lamb again. Since a few years I have been giving my lambs the names of my (former) fellow Squidoo writers. I like giving my lambs names, but it's always difficult to come up with some nice ones. So this year I'll name them after fellow Hubbers.
Most of the time I will not use your real name, but your writer's name, because quite often those are just too cute. In the hub that I will publish after the first lamb has been born your name will be linked to your profile page and the hub will grow and grow until all lambs are there.
If all goes well, 11 ewes will give birth to lambs, singles or twins, females and males. So if you're interested to have a namesake lamb, just let me know in your comment.
The one in the photo is the namesake of KathyMcGraw, born two years ago and she will be a mom for the first time this year, but she's living with another breeder now.
Sounds cool to me How does "Kurtzer" sound to you? It's my nick name And if anyone asks it's a nick name I got it from a foremen while I was working at a plumbing company during this summer with my dad. My Polish foremen called me Kurtzer because I have the Kurds blood he said.
Well, I wanted to name a lamb Kurtzer, but then I noticed that there was nothing to see on his profile page, not one hub. So I won't be giving you a namesake because I want people who link through to your page at least see something to read.
Oh, good, re: the underwear thing. I had no desire to explore places unknown.
However, for some unknown reason, my superstition/karma alarm has been triggered. I've decided I don't want my name associated with anything that dies. If you have a reasonably new, well-built barn; feel free to name it "Lambs of Interest".
Statistically speaking, the barn will outlive me. So when it eventually does go to that giant lumberyard in the sky, I won't be around to care. Just make sure the land doesn't get rezoned for condos. And keep plenty of fire extinguishers around.
LOL I have only one barn, but my sheep hardly ever go there, only some ewes I want to keep an eye on while lambing. My sheep stay out summer and winter, no roof above their head. They've been bred ages ago to survive harsh winters on little food. Nowadays they are fed far better than they used to, but even today the sheep in the big herds up North, have to search their food in the heath fields in winter.
If I should do that Ben, I wouldn't be able to breed anymore, just because I would very soon ran out of space (meadows) and besides that, different from what most people who never worked with lifestock think, letting a sheep (or cow or horse) die of natural death is totally not at all a humane thing to do. I could show pictures of sheep, still alive but old and sick, getting eaten by the fly maggots from the outside in, but I won't because you would want to throw up if you saw them. Full grown rams kept in a (smaller) fenced meadow will fight each other, resulting in broken legs, broken backs, hipbones even until death.
I don't breed for the profit, I breed to keep this particular rare breed from getting extinct. That means you have to be selective in your choice of animals you breed with, particular in the rams you use. There's no point at all in breeding with animals that suffer from genetic failures. No point in selling those to other breeders either. Those sheep end up at someone's plate, mostly mine and then I do have control over the way they die. I never sell my sheep to sheep traders because then I don't have any control over what happens to them. I never eat my lambs until they are at least 1,5 year old (the age on which we make the breeding selections).
The ones that pass the breeding criteria, are kept or sold to other breeders. We are very keen on keeping the breed healthy without stuffing them with antibiotics and stuff like that.
Titia, you must know why I'm curious. Since I'm using my real name on HP, I wanted to get some idea about what manner of death would befall the lamb I give my name to. Now that I know, let me think about it.
Indeed, I can't have two lambs with the same name. Snakesmum is living with this other breeder too, along with AnnieMackie, Erin Mellor, Fanfreluche, Flycatcher, KathyMcGraw, LadyMermaid, Lexi, Making-A-Mark, Sunny Brit, Victoria and YoursFoolie.
This year's lambs will again be quite colorful, because I used 3 different colored rams to father the lambs. Always a surprise what will come out.
All my lambs are 'lambs of interest', because they belong to the oldest and very rare native Dutch breed Drenthe Heath sheep (in Dutch: Drents Heideschaap). These type of sheep roamed our country as early as 1300. I could name one 'Paradigm', but I need to know if I should give it to a boy or girl.
Yes, all Drenthe Heath sheep are in The Netherlands. We have a few in Belgium, but since a few years we're not allowed to export them to any other country anymore, due to some stupid rule. Too complicated to explain here.
I absolutely love how you do this and have followed it for years. Whomever you choose will be honored by this kindness. I'm glad you're bringing it over here as well. Now they'll get to see what we have.
Black sheep I have, with a little silver grey, they will be sheared this summer. We call this black with a light factor, meaning they're born black and there fleece is black, but it gets more silver grey as they grow older.
My full first name is Rachel, which is Hebrew for "ewe" so I think that would make a really funny name for a sheep. Also, I was born in the year of the Sheep/Ram, which is the Chinese New Year we just started.
For some weird reason HP (filter?) thinks my OP is an advertising and promotional post. See http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/129030 Everytime I hit the reply link now I get this weird message threatening that my HP account might be closed.
I 've send an email to the HP team to clarify, because I don't understand why this is happening. I don't sell anything and I don't ask you to buy anything. I just want to have a bit of fun with giving my lambs the names of fellow hubbers, like I did for the last 4 years at Squidoo.
I can't even reply to any thread in the forum anymore without getting that message, so I'll wait what the HP has to say about this.
I truly don't understand it at all and I certainly hadn't expect this to happen at all. Somehow I'm now marked as a spammer, so I won't be replying to your comments for the time being. I don't want my HP account closed. It's truly unbelievable. Good heavens, this is an Advertising and Promotional post??? All I did was asking if you wanted a lamb namesake.
Oh, I just saw this. It looks like I'm coming in on the tail end again. I was on a list a couple of years ago, but I think you ran out of lambs. If it's a prolific year perhaps naturegirl or my given name, Yvonne Camille would work for a lamb. I hope HQ gets things worked out with the odd notification.
Please ask, Titia-- we are all supporting your friendly efforts to reach out and connect with other hubbers. We could use more of that. It's not at all self-promotional or any different than anyone starting a mindless word game-- and plenty of people do that.
Titia, it's lovely to see you are carrying on the tradition of naming lambs for online friends. I often think of the little Flycatcher lamb (one of twins, with Peter) and wonder if the fleecy one is still with us. Having a lamb named for me was a real bright spot in the midst of the depressing kerfuffle that we ex-squids went through in the past couple years - so very good to have this uplifting spring ritual go on here at HubPages.
I really do not think you want to name any of your lambs after this pen name but you are welcome to use it if you want! I have really enjoyed reading this thread and your replies to people. I have Guinea Fowl, chickens, water fowl, parrots, rabbits, lizards, and dogs (of course) and had never even thought of finding new names from all of the wonderful people who comment on these forums. You are a very special person, and your sheep are lucky to have you thinking of their best interests!
If you have any lambs left after this horde of wonderful admirers claims them, you could use my martial arts nickname - Ping. it's the Chinese duck in the story "The Story of Ping" by Marjorie Flack. Captain Kangaroo read it to us every year on his show.
I shall now be sad for a few moments, since the Captain and his whole crew are now gone.
No, most of my lambs are destined for breeding as they belong to a very rare and very old Dutch native sheep breed, which we are saving from extinction. Only if they don't pass the breeding selection (mostly rams) they'll end up at someone's plate.
Unfortunately I had to let go of JodiK's Paris last year. As you can read in the hub lambing season 2014, both her lambs died suddenly and unexpectedly after 2 and 3 weeks. The year before one of her lambs also suddenly died. That's not a good sign. I would have given her a third chance, but last summer she developped sunlight sensitivity. It's not quite a disease, but more an extreme sensitivity for the ultra violet sunlight, resulting in getting a terrible itch all over her body, but mainly on the head. The itch is so bad that the sheep rub their head to poles and trees until the blood comes out. It's not curable. It will disappear in winter, but will appear again in summer. That's not a humane life for a sheep, so yes, alas she ended up on someone's plate.
But as I'm always short on male names, I certainly will call one Yofi.
Triplets used to be very rare in our sheep breed and you hardly ever find them in the big herds which graze the heather fields, but as the sheep today are getting fed better food, you see them with the breeders who don't have too many sheep.
The original average of lambs in our breed is 1.5 but nowadays it's higher, because more twins and triplets are born. I don't like to have triplets too often, because the mom has only two nipples and the weakest lamb won't stand a chance to get enough milk, so you have to bottle feed them.
I'm a bit busy at the moment with all the lambs that need bottle feeding. Looks like I will have another one on the bottle. Don't know what got into the ewes, but it seems they don't want twins this year. LOL
I have to bottle feed the lambs about every two hours during the day, I start at about 8.00/8.30am, then 10.30, then 12.30, then 14.30/15.00, then 17.30, then 19.30/20.00, then 10.30. That's for at least two weeks, then I expand that to every three hours and so fort to 4 times, 3 time and two times a day until at the age of 2 months old I stop bottle feeding them.
New lambs have been born, I'm just now updating the hub.
I had a mother with a C-section reject her puppies. I had to feed them every two hours, and I was exhausted. Happily she decided to accept them after a few days, but I was still tired a month later. Good luck!!
Sheep won't do that. Once they reject a lamb, there's no way they will take it back on. In between feedings I work in the garden or on my computer or do some cleaning (not to much ) Once you get into the rythm of bottle feeding, it's not so bad. Lambs learn fast how to drink from the bottle feeder.
I will hopefully add some more photos and maybe a little video tomorrow. My hubby has to make them because I can't get enough distance between the bottle lambs and myself. The moment they see me, they'll come running towards me. I'm their Milk Bar Mom and they want to be as close to me as they can get.
LOL, I've been sending messages to the writers who got a namesake lamb, but I discovered the other day that some of those messages probably didn't reach them, because the default when you follow someone and add text, is the 'no message. So it could be that some are not aware of already having a namesake.
Tonight another twin was born, female and male, didn't want to disturb this mom, so photos will follow tomorrow. A black male and a spotted female.
Darn, my hubby made a video of the lambs at the bottle feeder. I uploaded it to youtube and now I've been at it for two days to get some music in the background. They said it was easy, but it isn't easy at all. I need at least to tracks and I can't get it done.
Anybody here knows how to do that? Is it possible to get more than one track of music under one video?
Do I have to put one track first, then save it and then put the second track in? Saving takes forever each time. I don't know how all those people make it look so easy.
I can tell you that I get very frustrated right now.
I've added some new photos. It's very difficult to take picures now with all those bottle lambs standing in the way LOL. Still two ewes to go and boy do they take their time. I'm away for a day coming Saturday and you'll see that they will plop out their lambs on that day.
Titia, nature takes it's time and likes a good laugh.
Last fall, my saffron crop didn't pop a single blossom until the day I was leaving for a trip, and my garden tender just got one five minute briefing on how to harvest before I had to leave for the airport.
I need two male names and I want to announce that Relache's namesake Rachel has been born two days ago along with her twin brother. Mom rejected them and Rachel got rather supercooled. It took a while before she actually started sucking.
One more ewe to go in hope she carries twin females.
Well sometimes it is, but you get used to the daily rythm and all other things you have to do have to be done in between feedings. It sometimes has advantages too, like getting an invitation to a party you don't want to go but can't ignore either. You only have to attend for a short time because the lambs need their milk LOL
Titia - I was finally able to chat with my cousin (our schedules don't always match), and I told her about Lisa the Lamb - she was so touched! I posted the photo on her late daughter's FB page (which she keeps active, so Lisa will know we always think of her), and everyone loves the lamb's sweet face and cute expression.
This meant a lot to my wonderful cousin and to others who loved our sweet Lisa. Thanks, so much, for letting us share the joy of your lambing season, and for honoring Lisa with a namesake!
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