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Sad little ram lambs & a lone goose

by Heidi on November 2nd, 2009
 
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It has been a busy weekend of chores and working on our new chicken accommodation project (I will tell you all about that soon) and today was no different. Steve was working from home so we were able to have early start and get some finishing touches made to the new chicken house before ‘work’ started.

Our lunch break was dictated by our vet visit, we got the call that the vet was on her way and so it was ‘lunch time’. It was a planned visit as it was past time for the little boys to become slightly less male!

Sad little Shetland ram lamb - post vet visitSad little Shetland ram lambs - post vet visit

Don’t they look like they are just having an awful day and feeling very sorry for themselves! It was fortunate that we had it done today as One-spot’s right horn had grown much closer to his head than we had realised and was dangerously close to growing into his face!

To have a moment that for some could be termed as ‘too much information’, the vet was surprised by the size of the boys balls! She said that they were a comparable size to a full grown Dorset ram. Which is really saying something given that a full grown Shetland ram could be expected to weigh-in between 90 and 125 pounds, and a Dorset ram between 225 and 275 pounds; and our boys aren’t full grown yet, they are only six months old!

We finished the day saying goodbye to our trio of Toulouse geese. The other day I was reading a post about the effectiveness of various different breeds of duck as pest control. In the course of my reading I came across information about Pilgrim geese, which are listed as critical by both the Rare Breeds Canada and the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy.

“Pilgrims are rugged, quiet, docile, good foragers, excellent natural parents and make good medium-sized roasting birds. Because they are sex-linked for color, it is a simple matter – even for the novice – to keep the correct ratio of males to females when selecting young for future breeders. Ganders can be mated with three to five geese.” (Holderread, 1981)

I soon became convinced that Pilgrims would be a much better match for us. As Toulouse are also on the Rare breeds list we didn’t want to just ‘freezer’ a breeding trio, so we put them up for sale. In the spring we are hoping to get a small flock of Pilgrims from Performance Poultry.

Little dude - our Toulouse Embden cross goose

So for now ‘Little Dude’ is our lone goose, although he isn’t too worried as he isn’t entirely convinced that he isn’t actually a duck!

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