Saturday, April 21, 2007

A Day at the Sheep Spa

Spa Day? What's that?


It was a day at the spa for my sheepies today. Time for a little extra attention. Time for a little pampering; a little 'ewe' time. Time to get a pedicure and a hair cut. My sheepies just love spa day!

Not.

My sheepies do not like spa day. Why? Well, first you get drug from your new pasture, which your people only just put you in last night. Who wants to leave lush, green grass, only to be drug on a half mile walk back to your home, which has no grass? Certainly not my sheepies.

We like it here in the fresh green grass!

Nor did my sheepies apprciate my luring them with a full bucket of grain into the back of a pick up truck, only to have me take the grain away instead of leaving them with the whole bucket. This, they felt, was unfair and not part of the loading bargain.

No promises of pampering and good looks could convince them that this was to be a pleasant journey. They dug their cloven hooves into City Boy's green grass, locking their legs and pulled back against their halters. Pokey decided to take the possum approach in his struggle, collapsing to the ground as though I'd killed him. Quest decided on the bouncing bunny approach, suddenly developing springs where her legs once were.

But in just over half an hour, I had them loaded. Three down, three to go!

A board is set down to help keep the wool clean. Carrot looks like a German Shorthair Pointer under that wool!

Taffy get's set up on her butt.
The breast area is done first, working from under the chin and down the belly.
The wool under the belly and down the legs generally hits the trash as it's too short and dirty for use.


Licorice's ram lamb rests on Darling's lap while his mamma gets pretty.

Licorice was born black, but has begun to turn a lovely silver.

The smallest in our flock, Licorice had the largest fleece.

Shearing was being done at my neighbor's house down the road. She had five of her own to get done, and I had six. Shearing is hard, back breaking labor. I could never do it. In fact, it took me two days to shear Licorice one year. Marcia had all eleven of these sheep done in under two hours!
Pokey sports his new do!

Despite the nice, new hair cuts and pedicures, I think we're all happy that Sheep Spa Day only comes once a year!


17 comments:

Kelly Fisher said...

Tracy,
You always make me smile! Those sheep are so precious....whether fur balls or sheared clean! Ha! Thanks for sharing your life with us!

Kelly Fisher said...

BTW, I nominated you for a "Thinking Blogger" award...check out my post - it will give you the link to post the award on your site!

Paul said...

Pretty good! I saw a few Biblical lessons in here. ("All we like sheep have gone astray...")

Rolling over and playing dead. Springing legs. (tantrum)
The soft, green life...

Dixie said...

Love the pics!

Lady Of Chaos said...

LOL. I love it. Reminds me of trying to get a doe up on the stanchion for milking when she's saying now way, tho I've never had one act like a bunny before....

They look so different with out all the wool on them. Thanks for the pics!

"Early Bird" said...

Wow...that is one stout lady to be doin' all that!
I thought it was you till ya said something...teehee!!

dot said...

Interesting post and great pictures! It almost looked like she was skinning them alive.

Donna said...

My husband used to shear sheep in his spare time; I helped him catch the sheep. Not really a lot of fun.

Farmgirl Cyn said...

I did a double take lookin at Pokey! At first glance I thought you sheared a cow!!!

Tracey said...

Cyn, isn't that the truth?

Kelly, thank you =) Of course, that'll just require more thinking. I think I may have brain strain...

Paul, you'd be surprised by how many biblical lessons we can learn from sheep! And horses, too...

wolfbaby said...

Wow you have some really amazing pics on your blog!!! that looks like some serious back breaking work ouch..

Vicki said...

I wonder how far you live from me? How many hours would it take me to drive there? I want to come help with the sheep next time. It looks like hard work but oh man some kind of fun also.

Norma said...

Love the pictures. What do you do with the wool and is it necessary to do this for any other reason than to do something with the wool?

Tracey said...

Vicki...from Oklahoma? To Washington? Well...it's a bit of a drive =)

Norma, the sheep are far more comfortable once their wool is gone in the summer. They over heat easily. Some sheep are hair sheep and shed naturally; wool sheep need to be shorn. And yes, I do spin the wool or felt it.

Sharon Lynne said...

I'm glad Norma asked about the wool. I was wondering the same thing. Spinning and "felt it" might make a good future post!

Sharon Lynne said...

I'm glad Norma asked about the wool. I was wondering the same thing. Spinning and "felt it" might make a good future post!

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