Archives for: March 2007


Permalink 08:21:33 pm, by Karen Email , 466 words   English (US)
Categories: Journal

First lambs

Well, Cozette had twins last night, starting not too long after we got home. The first was a ram lamb, big, at 9.5 lbs, and Cozette was really straining and wailing. The two hooves and a nose had appeared (and a tongue sticking out) but after several m… more »


Permalink 07:34:48 pm, by Karen Email , 317 words   English (US)
Categories: Journal

Waiting for lambs

First lambs are due in a little over a week. Ken and I had planned a short two night stay in a B&B not too far away, for our anniversary, back before breeding season and before we knew that Cozette would be due the same week. We cancelled our B&amp… more »


Permalink 08:03:00 pm, by Karen Email , 379 words   English (US)
Categories: Journal


Feels like we've gone back in time to last fall when it wouldn't stop raining. We had a sudden warm up recently, and all the snow melted in two days. All the ditches and creeks were running full to the brim and they had a flash flood watch for some areas… more »


Permalink 09:05:23 pm, by Karen Email , 22 words   English (US)
Categories: Journal

Sunny early Spring day

It's not technically Spring yet, but it felt like it today. Here's some photos of the sheep and chickens enjoying the weather. more »


Permalink 09:36:35 pm, by Karen Email , 396 words   English (US)
Categories: Journal

Various updates

I found an Australian site that is dedicated to educating shepherds about intestinal parasites and how to defeat them. It's called WormBoss and I think it's a great site. It's oriented towards Australian producers of course, but there is a lot of usefu… more »


Permalink 09:57:33 pm, by Karen Email , 274 words   English (US)
Categories: Journal

Things to have on hand

Here are some things we had on hand which helped us nurse Falkur through his crisis (see previous post): -Nutri-Drench for sheep -LA-200 (oxytetracycline long-acting antibiotic) -ProBios Plus paste (vitamins and good bacteria to restore rumen flora)… more »
Permalink 08:58:47 pm, by Karen Email , 414 words   English (US)
Categories: Journal

Lessons learned

Someone said "I think you don't need any more mouflon rams", and maybe they are right. Our first mouflon ram was Indico, and he died as a result of Ivomec-resistant barberpole worm about 10 days after we brought him home. It was summer, and hot, which… more »
Sharing ideas from our small farm in NH, where we raise Icelandic sheep and assorted poultry. We are members of ISBONA (Icelandic Sheep Breeders of North America) and the CLRC (Canadian Livestock Records Corporation). We also participate in the Voluntary Scrapie Flock Certification Program (NH54). Contact us at karen [at] birchtreefarm [dot] com. Please also visit the farm website at Birchtree Farm.
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