Olde English Babydoll Southdowns are outstanding pets who produce a thick, lush wool that is a delight for hand spinners to work with. Becoming increasingly notorious for their use as organic weeders and groundskeepers, they first and foremost make excellent companion animals, while their small size means they require less space and feed than traditional sheep.

Babydoll Southdowns are wonderful companion animals for other non-aggressive livestock. Their calm, docile disposition has a soothing effect on other livestock. They should not be kept with intact male llamas or alpacas who may attempt breeding with them.

It is wise to introduce them gradually to other livestock by putting them in separate paddocks when they first arrive to their new home. This gives their new friends an opportunity to say "hi" without it being overwhelming to the Babydoll sheep.
Now that we are all getting settled, I can see why these little Babydoll sheep make excellent companions for the young, elderly, and disabled. Their gentle nature makes them a joy to own, and their diminutive size makes them an excellent choice for hobby farms, petting zoos and 4-H projects. As Babydolls are rare, just imagine what a show-stopper they would become at your petting zoo! Easy to care for, a pleasure to own, and great for attracting people.

The newest addition to our barn, our kittens Stan (left) and Earl, are busy romping around in the straw, visiting and playing in the pen with the ewe lambs, and keeping things light and fun. They have jobs too, though. The boys are in charge of controlling the mouse population - in exchange for room and board!
BABYDOLL SHEEP ON THE HOBBY FARM
Wool

I have read that "Babydoll fleece generally runs in the 19 to 22 micron range, which puts the fleece in the class of cashmere. Babydoll fleece also has more barbs per inch than any other wool type, making it ideal for blending with other fibers. An adult Babydoll may produce a fleece weighing about 5 lbs." I got our flock sheared November 2009, which was the second time for some of the sheep to be sheared. While I can say I would not try to hand spin such a short fleece, the story will be different when the sheep have a full year's worth of growth on their bodies. I have also decided that I may never learn to shear my own sheep. I am not sure if our rams would have acted different if it was I that was shearing them, though they gave Peter, the sheep shearer, a run for his money!

We offer our Babydoll rovings for sale at the our little flock Animal Shoppe.

Gardeners

Weeding trials were sponsored and monitored by the association, utilizing Babydolls as organic weeders. They have been used with great success in wine vineyards as well as fruit and berry orchards since they will not harm the fruits, girdle trunks of trees, or harm shrubs. They leave the grounds well groomed and fertilize the soil as they graze. Take a couple of your Babydolls out while you weed in the flower beds, they are great at tidying up. Just make sure you have reviewed which plants and weeds are poisonous to the Babydoll!

Therapy pets

Our stern, controlled Border Agents at the Canadian Border turned into smiling human beings when they found out we were importing a flock of miniature Babydoll sheep. 3 Border Agents asked if they could come see our sheep, and giggled and awed at the flock in the back of the truck. We stopped for lunch, popped the tailgate open to give the sheep some fresh air, and had numerous people approaching us, remarking what sweet little sheep we had, and that they had never seen this breed before. That is not hard for us to imagine, since there are only about half a dozen breeders in Canada.

Now that we are all getting settled, I can see why these little Babydoll sheep make excellent companions for the young, elderly, and disabled. Their gentle nature makes them a joy to own, and their diminutive size makes them an excellent choice for hobby farms, petting zoos and 4-H projects. As Babydolls are rare, just imagine what a show-stopper they would become at your petting zoo! Easy to care for, a pleasure to own, and great for attracting people.
The Babydoll's wooly teddy bear face is unusual and charming, and always makes our guests smile. Their short legs along with their small size allows them the ability to do well in small areas. They are ideal for hobby farm owners who may not own large plots of land, though dream of the tranquility of sheep ownership. Both ewes and rams are naturally polled (have no horns) and are not aggressive by nature. The ewes are very good mothers, often raising twins and triplets with ease.

Because Babydoll Southdowns are an ancient breed, it is reported they are not prone to many of the modern sheep problems and are resistant to foot rot. In general, they are cared for like any other sheep which includes worming, hoof trimming, shearing, and vaccination. Don't forget a big dose of love and human interaction. The more time you spend with your Babydolls, the more opportunity for interaction.

Petting Zoos

Babydoll Southdowns are wonderful companion animals for other non-aggressive livestock, and for that matter, people. Their calm, docile disposition has a soothing effect on people and on other livestock. They should not be kept with intact male llamas or alpacas who may attempt breeding with them. It is wise to introduce them gradually to other livestock by putting them in separate paddocks when they first arrive to their new home. This gives their new friends an opportunity to say "hi" without it being overwhelming to the Babydoll sheep. You may have to be more alert of your ram(s) when it is breeding time. Though, it should be said, that is true of any livestock during the season of courting and "loving".
* information used is sited from experienced Olde English Babydoll shepherd, Mr. Robert Mock.
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