THE MAKING OF THE our little flock BARN
The making of the our little flock barn...
With the upcoming addition of a flock of little sheep to the barn, we felt it needed a makeover, a sprucing up, new life. With my husband's skills as a creator, carpenter, and tradesman, and with my skills of design, inspiration, and decorating, we took to applying a little "lipstick and mascara" to a barn that had not seen life in over a decade.
Although Matt thinks I am crazy and have truly lost my mind, I am sure the sheep and I will be very comfortable in there. You can put a designer in a barn, but just be prepared for the barn to get a little "designed"!
Matt has gently told me not to be upset if people roll their eyes or make fun of me when they come into my "miniature" barn. Never did I read in a book that a barn had to be red, or brown. Of course, you don't see many "pretty" barn interiors, though since I am keenly interested in decorating, and loving the environment in which I choose to surround myself daily, I thought it only appropriate to have my barn "speak" of my passions as well.
We had a very successful first lambing season with the Olde English Southdown Babydoll Sheep, with a 0% mortality rate in 2010. We did not even attend 3 of the 4 births. We just came out to the barn to do chores one morning, and there was another big, healthy baby. The ewes in our little flock truly are easy breeders. This is important for our breeding program, as easy birthing is a genetic trait.
In June 2010, Matt & I headed to Kentucky, USA to import a breeding pair of Micro Mini Pigs. Full grown, these piglets should weigh between 30lb - 60lb, and stand no more than 12 inches tall, provided they are being fed the correct amount of mini pig food and are healthy. I am so excited about this newest miniature adventure! When we got Oliver and Petunia at 3 months old, they weighed about 2 lbs each. I thought importing pigs from the States would be simple compared to importing sheep, though it seems they both have their own challenges. No wonder many people do NOT import pigs legally into Canada! Once my health failed in August 2013, we sold the pig herd. We were saddened by having to down-size our work load, though we were able to find ONE home for all of the pigs. Now that the pigs have left our farm, we have more time to focus on the details of being sheep breeders.
And not to be out done, at the beginning of June 2010 we welcomed 3 little kids to the farm. African Pygmy Goats kids, that is! I got Bunnie and Doug from a friend and fellow Babydoll breeder here in Ontario. As brother and sister, these 2 won't be mating. We'll leave that to our micro mini buckling kid, William. William is know as our escape goat - he is never out in the paddock with the sheep - always out in the yard, helping Matt in the shop, playing with Taylor on the lawn, sleeping in my hydrangea shrubs!!! And then in 2012, we found new homes for the goats as we focused our time on the sheep.
With our first love, our daughter Taylor, now school-aged, I now have the time to focus on my new-found passion of loving, nurturing, and breeding these small miniature Babydoll sheep to be your companion, wool producer, environmentally-friendly lawn mower or grounds-keeper. We interact with all of our animals multiple times daily. We want the foundation of our breeding programs to be gentle, calm, and friendly with humans, as these are the teachers of our Babydoll lambs and your future companions.
* Sometimes, my helper gets side-tracked on her "barn bike".
What makes it a "barn bike", is the sheep manure on the tires... *
And here it is, the finished barn - for now. Summer 2010 I changed the colours, from light blue upper wall to a nice neutral tan shade, still dark brown on the bottom to hide any poop! I framed some of my favorite pictures that I've taken over the last little while, and salvaged an old piece of barn board, had Matt plane it, painted my logo on, then verathaned it. All was good until I put that clear-coat on, and that darkened up the wood. So despite it's beauty, it isn't legible from the road, so I memorialized it in the barn.
I organized all the feed and supplies into tidy, labeled bins. Over the top - perhaps. Though I like the security of knowing that if I end up in the hospital tomorrow, anyone can just step in and do my chores, find what they need, and manage just fine.
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