Quadruplets and a nearly full moon began lambing here two days ago. Egret and Josie, Jaunty, Julio, and Juliette are doing well. Egret really faked us out – I was out with mama and #1 for three hours (when it was still daylight), and no signs of further labor. Went in the house for 15 minutes, came back out to find #2. Spent an hour-plus with #2, and again, thought we were done. Went in the house for 30 minutes, and came out to find #3 standing and #4 coming out.
Countdown to first possible lambs: 48 days! The next few weeks will see an increase in rations, as our ewes devote more and more energy to the growing lambs. We’ll also separate out the ram and wether, as rams can get aggressive with pregnant ewes. We’ll be rearranging the inside of the barn to include individual stalls for new mothers and lambs to bond, separate from the others for a few days. And most importantly, we’ll be relishing the uninterrupted sleep before the middle-of-the-night barn checks. We’ve been focusing on processing lots of wool into yarn, gaining slowly on the fleeces that have been in storage. All of 2019’s wool is gone – yay! However, we’ve still got some backlog from 2018 and 2017… The sheep are full-fleeced now, and spring shearing will be upon us before we know it!
Come shop local this season on the farm! Prints of Sophie’s art will be available for purchase, as well as handspun yarn from the sheep and other wool products. Visit the sheep in the barn and check out the farm store. Put the ewe in yuletide!
10am – 5pm
Saturday, Dec 14th and Sunday, Dec 15th
The Friendly Ewe is located at 344 Sumner Rd. in Hartford, Maine
Sorry, no dairy currently available as the sheep are dried off and busy growing next spring’s lambs.
Dairy production is finished for 2019! Focusing now on fiber and art, as well as preparations for winter. All of the hay is in the barn, and the wool coats on those sheeps get thicker by the day.
The farm store will be open this week (8/25-8/31)! Tuesday 9-3, Wednesday 9-6, and Thursday 9-6. Feta, yogurt, and ice cream in stock now… cheddar curds and more ice cream by later in the week!