The animals that I have long dreamed of for our farm have been chickens (check), ducks (April 11th), alpacas (I guess we’ll try again), donkeys (yes donkeys), and a draft horse to haul wood and for me and Maryjane to ride! The latter two will have to wait but the last animals we have been thinking of are sheep.
Like I said before, I do tend to act hastily, even rashly, when giving things away. I have read too many of those stupid articles that promise forever happiness if you shed all of your earthly belongings. I figured I didn’t have alpacas, I didn’t have sheep, I couldn’t afford roving, it was high summer and I didn’t have to time to spin. I promptly sold the spinning wheel (and I mean promptly, that sucker sold same day). A trip down Craigslist shows a lot of ISO’s (in search of) and less wheels. The wheels available are either chintzy or more than what I paid for initially. Who knew they were so hot? But, as with all things, we will put it back out there and I shall find another spinning wheel.
We have put dibs on two not yet born infants. They shall enter this fine world mid-March. At five days they will come to Pumpkin Hollow Farm with their bottles in tow and will require our utmost care and attention…and snuggles, and baby talk. We are getting sheep.
We still need to take this year’s farm plan over to the landlord’s house to get approved. We also do not know exact costs of said farm animal menagerie I speak of. Well, the ducks are five bucks. But, I know that if we desire it and plan and save we will have our wish.
Let me introduce you to the breed we are getting. These are Finnsheep.
The breed is several hundred years old. They are known for being able to find roughage in not so lush areas as well as be able to withstand harsh climates. They are known for having several lambs in a litter. They are predominantly white (they look a smidge like my Saanen goats, don’t you think?) but do come in other colors as well. Their fleece is light but spins up very well and blends nicely with other fibers. Well, people, it looks like my fiber mania is taking back over.
They don’t have horns, which is nice, don’t want them to be taking out alpaca knees, or mama’s. They don’t need their tail docked. The rams are super friendly and will eat right out of your hand. We like super friendly animals around here. We will likely get two ram lambs but if they should have a female available, for obvious reasons, I would like to have one of each.
We are in our planning stages still but if all goes well, we will have quite a fun farm to visit and learn at. I’ll keep you posted on this year’s farm plan and please feel free to comment on your favorite farm animals and the ones you hope to get this year!