Sunday, March 30, 2008

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Shearing mishaps

What do you get when you have a shearing machine and a squirmy sheep? Usually just a tired shearer and a tired naked sheep.............But, occasionally accidents happen.

These are Jerry's shearing machines.
You can see the mud on all of the equipment, and the lanolin on the combs. See that sharp point on the end of the comb?? That is what got me. )o:

A very pregnant ewe 1/2 sheared.

This girl got away from Jerry when he was ready to shear her other side. She was incredibly pregnant and he was trying to be as gentle with her as possible. Well..............she rolled away from him, and being the dutiful wife, I went to grab for her at the same time he did. Unfortunately when I put out my hand to grab her, he moved forward with the shearer still in his hand. I was stabbed in the palm of my hand with the pointed comb. I poured Iodine on it as soon as it happened, but it still got infected.

So, I had emergency surgery on Tuesday (I was stuck 48 hours earlier) to clean the infection out of the 'tendon tunnel' that runs up the middle finger. The doctor sliced open the palm next to where the shearer stabbed me and then cut a 'slot' in my middle finger. He then irrigated the tunnel to remove the infection. I was stitched, given a drain in the palm, taped and wrapped and sent home for two days.

Crystal, the nurse removed all the bandaging. The doctor removed the drain and taught me how to do my home care. I will go back next Thursday to have the stitches removed.

This is what I came home with. Sterile water, stretchy 'tape', 4x4 gauze sterile applicators to pack the gauze in the hole and petroleum dressingfor the finger incision.

This is what it looks like on Saturday after I took a shower by myself!! I even did my own hair!! Yeah!! Everything appears to be healing nicely.

Note to self! When sheep tries to wiggle away from hubby.........STAY AWAY!!

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Friends and lambs

Shari & Sweet Pea (who used to live with her). In the next picture, Shari has Shaun, Sheila's twin. The twins are up to 5# now. I'd like more than 2# in 2 weeks, but I will take what I can get.

Sheep pile.

My friends Sue (from Charlestown) and Shari came to visit the lambs (and me) yesterday.
Sue is holding Sheila, born 3/3/08, and I am holding Horatio, born 1/26/08. His head is as big as her whole body!! I haven't weighed Horatio lately, but I can tell you that he is getting heavy!!
Thanks for visiting girls! Come back anytime!!

Saturday, March 15, 2008

March 15th snow and random sheep shots

Snow day. We got about 3" of snow this morning. Fortunately it did not last long.

Lambs' creep feeder

Meet my neighbor

I met one of my new neighbors in town today. And lo and behold, she is a fiber artist!! (Actually, she found me on Etsy, and that is how we met). She came out to the farm today to pick up some roving in order to continue needlefelting her wonderful creations.

Go on. Take a look at her website and her Etsy shop. I will still be here. Honestly......... ;o)

Friday, March 14, 2008

March lambs

March saw an explosion of lambs here. From the 1st to the 10th, we had 15 lambs born! That brings our total to 21. We had 6 sets of twins and 7 singles. We have 13 black, 1 silver and 7 white. And we have 12 rams and 9 ewes. Our largest was 14# and our smallest was 3#.
There might be 1 more pregnant and she has until March 22 to deliver. But, I am not holding my breath on her... (o;
Maggie and Squall. Born 3/1/08

Samantha and Cheyenne. Born 3/1/08

Lillian and Charlotte. Born 3/3/08. You can see Maggie hiding under the heat light.

Sarah and her 'Butterfly twins' Shaun and Sheila, born 3/3/08 at 3# each.

Fluffy with Sharon. Born 3/6/08

Chocolate #12. Her twins were born 3/7/08
Heifer with Ebony & Ivory. Born 3/7/08
Silver and her twins. Born 3/9/08

Sweetie and Sharon. Born 3/9/08
See how white her wool is under the coat?
Susan with Scott & Squirt. Born 3/10/08
Random sheep in snow pictures.

Lambs in the aisleway of the barn. The temporary creep.

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