Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Baby bunny, blocking for show ..

Well MDS&W is 10 workdays (for me ) away. Im still sculpting on my project for the skein and garment competetion, and I have begun blocking out the ram I intend to show.

Blocking out sheep for the show ring can take MANY hours with the end goal to get the sheep to look as long and as straight as possible.

ALL of the belly wool is removed. neck wool and head wool is trimmed drastically. and all of the fiber on the rear end is clipped and squared off.

this ram here has been worked on at this point for about 2 hours.

I will add new pictures the next time I block him more. There is a problem with doing more today as we have had a day of rain. so I will likely work on him more on thursday and /or friday

The baby angora bunny, looks to be an agouti color , and so far is doing GREAT he/she is over 3 weeks old and now has begun nibbling hay as well as pelleted feed.

Well off I go to work more on my submission for MD. Hope to see you there !

Monday, March 23, 2009

baby bunny

I have been trying to save a baby english angora rabbit. This is much harder than most would think. They are very small, and hard to get to eat from anything much other than an eyedropper.

In the past I often was finding myself trying to save .. "the battered and bruised one" the one that mom kicked out of the nest" or one that was allready listless and cool to the touch .. my success rate has been BAD.. the longest I ever had a baby survive was 14 days.

I have undertaken this huge trial yet again and today was day 5 .. his brother (for lack of knowing the actual sex of either ) died 2 days ago. He had been the weaker of the two and chilled when I got to him. Neither baby ever recieved any dams milk so no colostrum. I did have some ewe colostrum tho and added that for the first day to the KMR I am using to feed with I am careful not to over feed, and to stimulate it to urinate after each feeding

This little fella is so far hanging in there and tomorrow if the lighting is good I will photograph him to show you.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Another year ... more lambs and sculptures.

We are getting some lambs ready to take to MDS&W to show in May .. they have been jacketed all year, and are now showing us some beautiful fleeces under these coats.

Weather is supposed to get below freezing tonight so the tender veggies are not yet going out.

Out of the lambs born this year, we had 13 lambs.. 4 ewe lambs and the rest Rams . One of those ram lambs will show at MD in may alongside the sculpture that I am currently working on . I cannot post it on the blog site because judges may be lurking and visiting sites. I know they cannot see my FB page so I can allow my FB friends to see my latest work.

That lamb there is called Cho , and she is 1 year old .. out hopes are that she will be bred to the "Dutchman" in the fall along with 3 other yearlings .

We had a Bunny class at the shop a weekend ago and had great fun. All students came away with bunnys and we spent the better part of the class laughing and having a great time.

The two new piggies are here.. one is black and white spotted the other is just pink and thats ok, if it ets much hotter they will soon be looking for a pool.

the only ewe lambs being kept this year is "Paris" we dont care if shes smart... we care if shes pretty