Sometimes You Can’t…

Circumstances beyond my control have left me with unsheared sheep in one of the hottest driest summers I’ve ever seen in my 25 years in Central Texas.

I thought to myself ‘why can’t I do it myself?

So I bought these shears…

They had great reviews and weren’t too expensive and they do cut… but…not merino.

I chose my dwarf, yes I have a pure bred dwarf Debouillet! I’m working on developing a repeatable dwarf Debouillet but it will take time. She has never been shorn before but she handled it well. Even when I nicked her. Poor thing. I did not have any trouble trimming her feet with my set up.

But I just could not get through the wool on her back with these sheers,…and my inexperienced sheering body gave out. And this as far as we got

Sometimes You just can’t.

There are other things we have recently discovered we can’t do our selves, replacing struts on the truck is one. Sometimes things get stuck so back you just can’t do it yourself. I am thankful in those times that we have others who can help,..when we just can’t.

BIG NEWS, LITTLE NEWS!

In little news we have 3 little peepers that our broody mommas have hatched on thier own. We learned that if two mommas go broody at the same time, while they might sit next to each other on the eggs for weeks, once one is done sitting and starts raising her brood, she will kill any thatvthe other hatches. So we have had to separate the momma that’s done sitting on eggs, and her 2 chicks from this one. And now she has one of her own, that the other one won’t kill:) super cool that this one looks like her too. Not all of the eggs she us sitting on will have been laid by her. We have a good mix of chickens in thier coop so none of these are pure bred.

In BIG news at Whirld Works Farm we have our sheering rescheduled for the 22nd of June at 10:30 am. We need helpers so if you can come and help please let us know.

Whirld Works Farm shearing has been postponed.

Sick sheep

Our shearers have come down with a tummy ache and need to rest and regain thier strength.

We will let you know when we reschedule for. Once they are feeling better.

Lavender Orpington chicks

We have hatched our first batch of Lavender chicks for 2022. There are four left. We think we’ll keep them:) Our Next batch is planned for about 6 weeks. If you are interested in pre ordering let us know. These cuties are in high demand. Lavender Orpingtons are a beautiful gentle tempered, good size chicken. They are great layers and great meat birds too. Some get up to 8 lbs. They are very easy to handle a great with children. And we just love having new babies!!!

Lavender Orpington chicks at Whirld Works Farm 2022

Shearing Time is here again!

Katie Burger of Right Choice Shearing, shearing our Debouillet sheep

It is time to shear again! This time it is on a week day morning. Monday May 9th at 9am. If you’d like to help sort fleeces please arrive 15 min early and park in front of the Farren so our shearers can get to the barn. And please send us a message to let us know you will be coming.

Katie and Darian work very fast so I expect they will be done shearing by 11 or 12. Sorting fleeces could take a few hours to se real days depending on how dirty they are and how much help we have. We love our fleece sorting help!

If we know you are coming we will provide drinks and refreshments.

A Cabin in the Woods…

Ever since we bought this place I’ve fantasized about putting a cabin in the wood…

Whirldworks.farm Cabin #1

And here it is!

It’s so exciting to see it happen!

I’m going to be very busy finishing the inside, and I’ll be sure to share those pictures when it’s done. But I just wanted to share the excitement with everyone!

Sheep Talk

Debouillet sheep at Whirld Works Farm Spring 2022

My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. -John 10:27

Sheep really do know thier shepherds voice. And when I call to them, they come to me. When I call to them they know I have something good for them. Sometimes they get confused on which way to go, to get to me, and sometimes, when the grass is fresh and green, they are less inclined to follow me, when I call. But they do come when I call, they know my voice.

Like sheep, I think we must know God’s voice, to hear Him calling us. We must become familiar with Him, His character, His grace, all of His ways, or we simply won’t hear him calling. Or if we do hear him, we won’t listen, because we don’t know how good, the things he has for us, are.

Right before I took this video I will be posting a link to, I had called to the sheep as I hoisted a bale of hay over the fence for them.

Tucker 6 mos.

I called to them baa, baa and they all came running… and then the dogs interfered. What interferes with our following God? He is always calling, to all who would listen.

Sheep are wonderful creatures, they are so trusting and peaceful, until they get spooked. They teach me so much about myself. Enjoy this little video.

https://youtu.be/8dn53hN4DjE

2022 lambs

Duke
Darla
Darla

Well we weren’t exactly expecting any lambs until the end of February but two of our ewes, who shall remain nameless (nott) lol, apparently took matters into thier own hands, before we let them breed. As a result we have two that were born a month early, in January, and we don’t know who thier daddy’s are. But they are healthy and strong and that’s what’s most important. We named them Duke and Darla. And… since we don’t know who his sire was (we had 3 rams at the time), we decided to wether the boy. We like our wethers, they produce some of our very best fleeces and don’t cause us any trouble.

So this past week the rest of the lambs have begun making thier appearances. On Saturday our Ewe named Bonnie had her first lamb, then on Tuesday Wynonna delivered and Wednesday we got a beautiful little ram lamb from Butterfly. All are doing great.

We are still expecting two more deliveries. So far we haven’t had any twins this year, in stark contrast to three sets if twins that were delivered last year.

This morning I went in to band tails, tie ribbons and take pictures. Bonnie was really agitated and kept getting confused about who’s baby was hers and boring away from us when we got close, so I’ll let her stay in the lambing pen a few more days. Some of the lambs were positively posing for the camera. Enjoy!

Danny
(little) Debbie
(Little) Debbie
Delva
Danny
Danny
Darla 1mo.

Duke 1mo.

Winter time Farm chores

Back in the fall I decided to start feeding the chickens and the rabbits only once a day, in the morning, to make the early evening chores (since the sun sets earlier this time of year) easier. One thing that makes this possible is using large enough water and feed dispensers so they have enough to last.

At some point I also made it so that the rams and ewes could re-enter their respective barns whenever they want so that if we are late getting home, they can go into their barns, if they want to, when it gets dark. This has worked out pretty well. The littlest changes can make the routines and responsibilities so much easier!

I also try to divvy out the hay in the evenings when I have time, because it’s warmer in the evening and the mornings are often very, very cold. I have to be sure to wear something over my mouth and nose while I’m outside in the cold. It helps my sinuses and lungs and maybe keeps out some of the cedar pollen. I bundle myself up but I always get too warm before I’m done with my rounds and take everything off.

Just last Sunday we re-attached the wall panels in the barn. We had taken them down last spring to increase air circulation for the summer. It worked really well, although the panels were a bit harder to re-install, than they were to remove. But we put them back up just in time for the lambs to be born and have a nice warm space to be. And we had two lambs born this week,, unexpectedly early,, which means I’m not quite sure who their sires are.. But they are healthy and adorable just the same.

Sybil and Duke
Ariel and Darla

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