The loss of Jeepers and Alma had me very sad for quite a long time and I really questioned the idea of having sheep here on the homestead. Their tragic loss was followed by Kia getting very, very sick, I thought she was a goner. I gave her a full cycle of Banamine, pro-biotics, iron shots, and wormer. I had the vet come out and examine her and take a blood sample. I was afraid she had some kind of wasting disease.
The blood tests came back clean, the fecal sample showed no worms, and Kia has slowly recovered. At one point while Kia was sick I gave here a small injected dose of Selenium, that is the only thing I can think of that may have saved her. I plan on getting a bit of loose Selenium and adding it to their minerals. I am told we are not in a Selenium deficient area but I’m thinking a little extra may not hurt.
I don’t think Kia is pregnant, and her baby Ava is questionable. That leaves Gardenia and Azalea who may have lambs, that just wouldn’t cut it for another whole year of production so I made a big decision to add a second flock.
The black and white badger faced girl is Zoe and the Black and silver girl is Lara.
The purebred Icelandic sheep are about 25-33% bigger than the Cascade sheep and I’m worried about being able to handle them. They sure are beautiful though….
We really had a difficult time getting them into the barn the first night. The girls were skittish and it took three humans and little Molly (that one is fearless) to put them away. Since then they have marched right into the barn every night no problem. I hope they are as intelligent as advertised and I am looking forward to having lambs from both flocks this Spring!