Welcome to WoolyAcres!

WoolyAcres is our small farm here in south central PA where we raise and breed Corriedale sheep.  Other occupants include a flock of White Orpington chickens and two nine Nubian cross goats.

We raise our sheep for wool and meat, the chickens for eggs, and I haven’t figured out what the goats are doing here yet.  :-)

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Autumn Peeps

I usually get peeps in the spring, but because our egg laying was way down I decided to try sooner with some fall peeps. They should be ready to lay in the spring. I got 4 each of 4 breeds (all brown egg layers), plus an exotic that Murray McMurray Hatchery throws in for free. All 17 survived the mail and here they are in all their glorious puffiness!

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Mockingbirds

I don’t love mockingbirds, but a nest of babies is always exciting! Here they are in a very messy stick nest in my redbud tree.

I think there are two babies in there.

I think there are two babies in there.

One summer I had a mockingbird that learned the sound of the UPS truck backing up {BEEP, BEEP, BEEP} and she would perch just outside of my open bedroom window and broadcast that noise for hours, starting around 2 am.

The mother of these babies has learned a different noise. It is the sound of my dog, Fraser, whining. He actually rarely whines, just to go out or to come back in. For the last week he has been whining constantly. I keep getting up to go let him out, only to find him lying on the floor by the screen door looking at me curiously with utterly no interest in going out. I began to accuse him of lying to me.

This morning the light bulb came on. As I stood there lecturing Fraser about calling me in on false pretenses (Crying Wolf and all), I heard the whine coming from behind me on the other side of the screen door. There on the fence post was a mockingbird. She was making the noise, even with a worm hanging out of her mouth!

I don’t know much more than that about the birds, and I have never noticed them nesting near us before. But there are two adults tending the nest, so I’m assuming it’s mommy and daddy. They don’t really mind me, the dog, or the chickens in close proximity, but when a cat is near they send out a really sharp chirp. My cats duck when they hear that noise. I haven’t witnessed it, but I suspect they have been dive-bombed before!

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When all else fails…carrots.

If you follow my blog with any regularity, you may have noticed a total dearth of posts about my garden this year. It has not gone well for a variety of reasons. But my one bright spot has been the carrot crop.

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Hallelujah!

On May 26, little Hallelujah was born to Gretchen. (There is a graphic birth picture below the break)

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Grand Champion Fleece at Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival 2013!

What an exciting weekend we had at Maryland Sheep and Wool.  I entered 4 fleeces for competition and 3 of them won ribbons. Gabriel, our new Cormo cross ram, swept the awards though.  (For those following the saga of bottle-baby Heather, this is her daddy.)

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2013 Fleeces are posted

Look what we did today!

Some of the fleece’s are posted. Click on the “Fleece” tab above or click here

Nonny skirts Colin's fleece.

Nonny skirts Colin’s fleece. Can you believe all that only weighs 7 lbs!

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Sunbathing in the pasture

Had fun taking pictures on this pretty, sunny (but very cool and windy) Saturday.

Come here children, it is time for a story.

Come here children, it is time for a story.

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VIdeo of the Bottle Babies

Here is a short video of me feeding the two little cuties, Heather and Cocoa.

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Baby album…

Here are some images of recent babies from the past month….mostly the bottle babies. Cutie pies all of them! :-)

Heather

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One day old

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Dedicated to Daphne

Daphne died today from pregnancy toxemia.

Daphne is very wooly

Daphne is very wooly. We could tell here that something was wrong.

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