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So Yesterday I went to a roping.  It took all day but it was worth it.  Today I went to the same roping.  It was a short day and I kind of wasted my time.  For the most part, all in all, a great weekend was had by all.

Saturday I roped and I did really well.  It was a 3 head and I won the average and the side pot.  I brought home not only a paycheck but I won a new breast collar.

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Yesterday, we left right after I did chores and I didn’t get home until after 11pm.  It was all worth it though.  Today however, was a horse of a different color.  Today we got to leave an hour later and we were home earlier.  In between I roped ok and only missed one calf all weekend but today it wasn’t  enough to win anything.  Oh well, you can’t win all the time. Right??

There were a  few things that Mom did today that I do think you all would like to hear about.  First, she let Gurtie out onto the pasture so that Fudgie and Big Momma would help her with the twins.  Sheep are funny creatures that way.  They use a community Babysitting system.  You see all the Mommas put the babies together in one place and leave one Mom in charge while the others go graze.  Then after a bit they rotate Mommas.

Mom saw Gurtie poop today and it looks good again so she felt the socializing and help with the twins would do her some good.  She was right.  Gurtie is put back in the barn for the night so that she can get some good sleep and feel safe, all at the same time.  Mom also spent some time with Hazelnut.

One thing is for sure she may have been called that because Hazelnuts are dark in color and so is she but she is more a nut then a hazel.  LOL  Anyway, when we pulled up Mom was out in the pasture being a Momma sheep.  She was walking with Hazel and calling her every little bit just like other Mommas do.  That way Hazel will know how to be a sheep and not a Momma’s girl.  Anyway, the Rooster named Nugget has taken to flogging Mom.  I am not sure why but Hazel doesn’t like it.  It was funny to watch Hazel try to get the Rooster, while the Rooster was trying to get Mom and Mom was trying to get to Hazel while keeping the Rooster back with her foot.  As you can imagine it was a pretty funny dance to see.

The final thing that happened today was I got a Valentine’s Day gift.  It isn’t your traditional gift but I like it … and Mom says that if it works out right she will pick me up another one.  So what is it???  It is a light … but not just any light. Check this out …

And that is only half of it … Yes it is a light … but there is more

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Yup, it is on a 6 foot pole and I get to use them in the roping arena. I don’t rope after dark much but in the summer I rope before Dawn! If it works out Mom says she will pick up another one next payday. Mom also broke down and bought a microwave that Dad and I were wanting. Mom didn’t miss it when we didn’t have one but Dad and I did. I did find out that there was one thing Mom never could make without a microwave. Well, she could make it but it was never the same and that was Popcorn. There is Popcorn and then here is microwave popcorn and they aren’t the same. LOL

Gurtie Day

So today we didn’t have anything planned. Mom decided to work on the lil’ Buckaroo Quilt so she busied herself with that. I did my normal stuff around here. Chores, schoolwork Excreta, Excreta, Excreta …

There was only one notable thing that happened today. Gurtie has scours and wasn’t wanting to eat. We can’t have that with her nursing babies. So we did a few things to help her out and make sure she was okay. First, I gave her a few cookies. If she wouldn’t eat that then we know we have a big problem. Don’t worry she ate them. So Mom came out to visit her and she ate a bit of feed for Mom.

Then we tried to bring Baby Girl into the barn to be a companion for Gurtie, but with the babies around it didn’t really work. So we let Gurtie out into the baby pen with the few that are getting extra feed. This went much better. She was fine out in the open although she did get a bit fussy about her babies.

When sunset came Dad and I took her and the babies back into the barn. There to my relief, Gurtie ate her feed. We did give her a shot of antibiotic, a bit of saline solution under the skin, wormed her and gave her a bit of vitamin. All these things will help her handle any stress issues she has had with birthing. Sheep stress very easily. And stress can cause other health issues such as worm attacks, tummy aches and dehydration. So we made sure to handle all of those so that we can rule them out as causes of her not eating.

Tomorrow we will let her out during the day and we will put her in at night. And we will pray that everything we did tonight straightens her system out and she gets healthy and raises her two babies.

We pulled her

So today we had two things going on. First was we had a very cold farm visit. The second had to do with Hazelnut … Hazel for short. We decided that it was time to pull her from Hersey. So Hersey was turned back out on to the pasture without her baby.

The first part of the day was full of chores, schoolwork and the likes. Then after lunch we had a Farm visit. The kids (and there Moms) that came were brave enough to try and withstand the cold north wind. They were fun kids but it was so cold that we didn’t get to spend much time outside. They did get to “ride” B’Day the cow and they got to see everything. For the most part the most fun was had in the barn. The two older kids did everything from sit on Coop to look for the items on the treasure hunt. They also spent time with, held and played with Hazelnut. As well as feeding Coop and Ice Hay by the handfuls. Inside the house Mom taught them about fiber and wool. They got to spin and learn about how yarn is made. For the most part I think they will return in the Spring when the weather is warmer for the full farm experience.

After they left Mom and I ran to town and picked up some lamb milk replacer. Then we came home to do what had to be done. While it breaks our hearts that Hersey isn’t taking to her baby, we know what will be, will be and we will deal with it. Hazel got the important first milk from her Mom so she will be healthy. She is happy to sprong and bounce around the barn so we know she will be well adjusted. However, it is just a bit sad to see Hersey pay her no mind. You have to remember Hersey is Mom’s baby and Mom doesn’t like the fact that her baby isn’t taking care of her baby.

Anyway, I let Mom stay inside as I split Hersey and her baby up. I gave Gurtie and the Twins the bigger pen and put Hazel in the smaller one (the smaller one is bigger then the one she was in before when we had to keep her split from Hersey so she wouldn’t get hurt) So when I turned Hersey out she ran off and never looked back. So Hazel is now a bottle baby. It took a little bit but once she figured out what was in that bottle she slurped it all down. One the up side to this that means you guys and gals will all get to see more cute pictures of a bottle baby.

The last thing I need to tell you all is the names of the Twins. The Boy is named Elm but I know I will be calling him Elmer! And the Little Girl will be called Myrle.

The Men are in Troubbbblllleeee!

Just to be clear this is a post made by Mom!  LOL

I guess that sometimes when I say things to the men of this house, that I am not very clear.  Those times are most likely to be when they want to do something.  That is when they either don’t hear me at all or they don’t understand what I have asked them to do.  Today was a case in point.

You see, RJ has a standing “date” at a Monday night roping.  It isn’t anything special he just likes to go and hang out with his friends and help a friend stock contract cattle to it.  My point is that he doesn’t really have to go but goes for fun.  He doesn’t even enter the roping.

Today, about 30 minutes before he was to leave, Dad found Gurtie in labor.  I told RJ and his Dad that no matter how long it took, NO ONE was leaving this place until Gurtie was all done and in the clear.  RJ told me “No Problem, I hadn’t planned on it”.  Gurtie is a first time Mom and those pose their own set of issues when birthing.  She is also an older ewe.  Older ewes that have never birthed before sometimes have issues with dilation or the size of the babies and a lot of them need help having them.  We know this and have planned on it with the three new Merino Ewes.  They are only three of 5 new Moms that we planned on breeding.

So, Gurtie was no exception to the rule.  After awhile of watching her push with no progress we stepped in.  The lamb was pulled with the help of Dad and RJ while I, with my sore shoulder from the whole falling off the semi thing yesterday, Had to hold Gurtie (who I might add is an easy 100 pounds and was pushing with contractions and very upset)  I managed to keep her calm while they freed up a rather large headed little Lamb.

After the head was out, Gurtie did her thing and everything went well.  She had him the rest of the way naturally and she turned and started cleaning up the little booger.  I told RJ AGAIN, “Make sure there are no twins and everything is done and okay or you go NO WHERE!”  “Don’t worry Mom I got this” was his response.

He checked things over and informed me all was well.  He took Hazel inside to the kitchen pen so that Gurtie could have some private Quiet time with her baby.  He said that in about 2 hours Dad would put her back out there but he wanted Gurtie and the baby to bond without Hazel interfering (she is very active and loves to stick her head in everywhere).  I said that was fine but make sure everything is done with Gurtie … “Oh, I did Mom, don’t worry … I did” Just in the nick of time, RJ and Lee leave to go to drop RJ off at his friends.

Being the person that I am, about 10 minutes later I went to check Gurtie and make sure she was still cleaning and taking care of the little one.  With first time Moms you never know if they are going to lose interest or not so it is good to keep a watchful eye.  Even though I do trust RJ … I still want to see it with my own two eyes.

And see it I did.  In DOUBLE!!!  With all the “Yup, I got this” and “Don’t worries” I got to deliver the second of a set of twins!  This time it was an easy birth as it was a little girl and she was a bit smaller then the first baby that was a big ol’ boy.   After I got done I called RJ.  All I said when he picked up the phone was “It’s twins!” and his response was “WELL, I THOUGHT SHE WAS DONE!”

Really??? Now I know that some people who read this blog don’t really know this but Labor in any species is kind of hard to miss.  It isn’t like we are talking hours in between twins.  They come within Minutes of each other.  RJ and Lee had only been gone 10 minutes and I am sure Gurtie was showing some kind of signs … It isn’t like you spit one baby out and then show no signs of the other.  She would have been in active labor!!  Honestly, I am not sure how I could have been any clearer but I think RJ wanted to go to his roping more then he wanted to stay home and watch sheep.  I understand that if he was late he would miss his ride with his friend, as his friend was contracted to be there on time.  But what happened to priorities around here.

Even Lee just said “Oh well, good thing you stayed home” … Really???  Good thing for who???  At this point I have to admit my shoulder is actually a bit sore.  Okay, “a bit” is a bit of an understatement.  It was just a bit stiff today and if I took things slow it didn’t really hurt.  But I never again plan to hold a large Ewe and deliver her second baby the day after falling off a Semi!

For the record one girl and one boy and we need tree names for this beauties …

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Super Sunday

So I went to a friend’s house Friday and rode with him to the rodeo.  We had a few issues.  First, we had planned to make two rodeos.  The first rodeo was the Tulsa Heritage Rodeo.  In the first go everyone got a turn but only the top 10 would be allowed to return that night for the short.  The Second rodeo was a saddle series that I am entered in at Briddle Creek Arena.  The plan was to take part in the long round, go to Briddle Creek and then return for the Short go.

So we got to the long go and it took much longer then we thought it would.  I didn’t do any good but my Friend did.  However, by the time I got done there wasn’t enough time to get to the Briddle Creek Rodeo.  So we stayed at the Tulsa Heritage Rodeo until my Friend got his turn in the short go.

I got home late … around 1:30am.  Dad came and got me from my friends so that I could get some good sleep and be here at the house today.   Today Mom made a good meal and invited a few people over to help celebrate her Birthday a day late.

Today was fun.  First, everyone showed up for a good meal.  Mom made a turkey with stuffing, potatoes, gravy, mac and cheese, corn and biscuits.  For dessert we had ice cream.  After we ate Mom and Ms. Karen went to see the Baby sheep.  Ms. Karen couldn’t stay long but she had time to check out the babies … LOL … her and Mom disappeared for a bit but the rest of us went to the roping pen.

My friend has a Semi type truck that pulls his trailer and he pulled it right up to the arena fence so that his little one could watch us.  Mom did have one little issue though.  When she was going up the stairs the wind took the door of the semi and as she tried to grab it she fell down the stairs.

She is okay but she says her shoulder hurts.  She says at first just her butt hurt but as the day wore on her shoulder seemed to get  a little stiff.  She says it is nothing a little aspirin and a heating pad can’t handle.  Dad and I are taking the wait and see approach.  We will wait and see if Mom is okay in the morning … LOL

After everyone left we edited the podcast and it should post sometime tonight.   Other then that wasn’t a whole lot going on around here.  We are still waiting to see when Carrie, Baby Girl and Gurty are going to have their babies or if they are even bred.  So we keep checking and waiting.

 

 

Of all things …

Yesterday, time got away from me.  There wasn’t much to report on the home front though.  I did chores, school work and such like normal.  The good of the day came when I unwrapped Coop’s leg.  All the swelling was down and I actually ponied her a bit and she moved really well.

Then I spent the evening with a friend roping and practicing for the Tulsa Heritage Rodeo on Saturday.  It is going to be a tough roping but with practice I might be able to bring home a pay check.   So my friend and I have been practicing a lot.  We practiced Monday, Wednesday and we plan to practice Friday too.  It does get me home late but Friday I plan on spending the night at his house so that I can just ride to Tulsa with him and I won’t have to get up so early.  That means if I blog Friday it will be before I leave and if I blog Saturday it will be after I get home.

As for today Mom and I had plans to pick up the craft room and then to work on going through her material so that she can make a quilt for a young man that I think will be going from a Crib to a big boy bed soon … and we all know you can’t do that without a big boy blankie right … LOL  He is the son of the friend that I have been hanging out with and practicing with so much.  He and his wife both rope and they have been helping me with my roping so I think it will be an awesome way to thank my Friend and his wife.

Anyway, we all know what happens around here when I make plans don’t we???  So you guessed it.  Plans went awry.  Mom and I got the Craft room mostly picked up and the table cleared.  Then we got the material tub out and made some selections.  We did the math and by then it was time for lunch.  Every 3 hours or so we did sheep checks so after I ate I headed out to the pasture.

That is as far as a planned day as I got.  You see when I got to the pasture shed there stood … DERF!  He had escaped his stall.  Behind the hay feeder in that same stall was Hersey and she was had a sack exposed.  I called Mom in for back up.  While she made her way to the pasture shed, I had to do something.

So I started with Derf.  I had to get him back to where he was suppose to be.  This would take away part of Hersey’s stress.  She wasn’t laying down because Derf was upsetting her.  That means she was running around with that sack swinging and it could break at any time.  I got Derf back into his pen as he is super sweet.  I just walked up and grabbed his mane and put him away.  Then I latched the gate my way to keep him in.

About that time Mom got to the shed.  Her and I tried to get ahold of Hersey to calm her down but she was in a tizzy.  Mom went and got some feed for her.  While Mom made her way back to the shed with the feed, I got her cornered and was able to head her to the barn.  Some place in all that her sack broke.

Mom used the feed to help guild her into the barn when we got her into a pen.  At this point we had time to breath and think this thing over.  Our issues where this.  First, if labor is interrupted in some species, labor can be delayed by up to two hours.  Second, the sack broke so she should have been delivering pretty quick.  Therefore the wait might take the life of the baby.  Third, upon checking Hersey, we found that the lamb had a leg back.  Fourth … I couldn’t get either of our Vets on the phone.  Fifth, I didn’t want to have to pull another one.

Mom called the Vet Tech Program we sometimes work with and the Vet there said we had to intervene.  So we got to it.  Mom held while I worked to get ahold of the one leg that was forward.  Hersey was doing all she could to help and with a bit of luck, Little Hazel (short for Hazelnut) joined the world.

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Now the fun began.  Hersey wanted none of Hazel.  She didn’t want her in the pen with her.  She didn’t want her sucking her.  And Mostly she didn’t want to clean her off.  So Like last year, we did all the work.  I worked to clean up Little Hazel while Hersey would try to headbutt her.  Once cleaned up Mom and I got ahold of Hersey and held her while Hazel sucked both sides of Hersey’s sack dry.

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After that I took a much needed break and when to the arena to rope.  Mom took up residents on a bale of hay with her spinning wheel in front of Hersey’s pen.  Mom spun and kept the little girl safe as Hersey tried to get used to her.

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After about 2 hours Dad got home and he had to answer for Derf’s bad behavior.  As punishment Dad got to help set up the grafting stall.

The stall is what we use to help make new Mommas great Mommas.  Or in this case to remind Momma’s how to be great Mommas.  As well as for grafting babies to Mommas.  What this stall does is hold the Momma in place with her food bowl and yet allow us to help the little one latch on and get their feeding as well.  By the time we had done it twice at least Hersey was letting the little one around her without headbutting her around.

20160204_15060620160204_163153So after that we started what will be the first of many family fun feedings.  At this point I am doing today’s feeding.  Dad will take the 3AM one and then I will feed every feeding until I leave Friday.  At that point Mom says she will take over for me but she said that Sunday I have to let her sleep in.