New Jacobs and a Thanks
First off, thank you so much to all the informative responses to my chicken dilemma. I think I’m going to go with the suggestion of getting a few of each breed that I’m interested in. And, yes, I’m going to get myself some banties. I really really like those little guys! I just have to decide WHICH banty I’m going to get… Ahhh, decisions decisions. But, I do like the idea of Americaunas and Wynedottes. Both of those sound like a good match for me. I want to look up a few more breeds that you ladies mentioned but I’ve got time to really nail down what I’m getting for sure. I don’t even have a chicken coop yet! HA! That’s the trouble and blessing of buying land that is basically bare except for a little shack and some fencing.
So, I’ve been visiting my new Jacobs over at my mother-in-law’s house trying to figure out whos who. I have a few that I am sure about but like a dummy I didn’t take my paperwork there when I took these photos the other day. I need to go back with the registration forms that their previous owner filled out and really figure them out. Getting one or two sheep at once is a lot easier than a bunch!
Thank goodness for Photoshop so that I can zoom in and read their ear tags, (another good reason to tag your sheep, so that whomever buys them knows who they are!). But it seems to me that about three of them have 0008 which is “April”. I’m not sure how accurate that is or if I am just getting confused in the photos. I was sure that the ewe above, being kind of the ring leader of the bunch, was either Hillside’s C.R. Boudicca or Chicory Lane Emma. But it looks like her tag says 0008… So, I’m not exactly sure who she is just yet. Which calls for another visit to Charlotte’s Hen House.
This ewe I was sure was April (Chicory Lane Emma x Chicory Lane Houdini) because she has four horns like the paperwork says and her tag is, yep, 0008. But, I kinda got thinking that maybe….
This just in — Joan’s not as confused as she once was. She has found their scrapie tag numbers and the two horned ewe above is indeed Chicory Lane Emma (Culloden Isaiah x Marsh View Carolina). Whew!
I’m back from my complete state of confusion and things are now looking up. The ewe on the right, with the four horns is Castle Rock’s Princess (Chicory Lane Houdini x Hillside’s C.R. Boudicca) and the wether with the funky horns on the left is “no-name.” Apparently the previous owner kept him because “he has the best fleece.”
This little lady here is Duke’s sister, Castle Rock’s Duchess (Chicory Lane Houdini x Chicory Lane Emma). Her ear tag was very clear and legible – it also helped that she fit her description on her registration form perfectly. She is about 65% black like her brother.
I’m not completely sold on who this is, but I *think* it’s Castle Rock’s Aphrodite (Chicory Lane Houdini x Kenleigh’s Kiara). Every time I tried to take a picture of her tag it was perfectly behind her horn and I couldn’t get a clear view of it.
And if the two horned lady at the top was Emma, then this has got to be Hillside’s C.R. Boudicca (Marischal Doug x HIllside Gidget’s Midge). Both Emma and Boudicca have an heir about them, like they’re the matriarchs of the flock and they take every thing in stride. They seem to be the most personable too.
And after zooming in on this lady I believe her tag says 0009 so that would be Castle Rock’s Sprinkles.
She is out of Hillside’s C.R. Boudicca and by Chicory Lane Houdini.
“Hi! I’m April” “Hi, my name is April” “Me too!” “Me Four!” “I wanna be April too, she’s pretty!”
Oh, I’ll get this figured out… Someday. 😉