Friday, October 10, 2014

The Breakfast Club(s)

"Did you hear Mom coming?"


That's exactly what it sounds like :-).

To get from this point to everyone eating breakfast is a bit of a blur and definitely not something I'm able to take pictures of.  You'll just have to imagine Baaxter and Woody standing up on the back gate. They haven't figured out yet that I can't actually open the gate if they're standing on it, but hey, they're excited ;-).  Henri bangs on the gate with her horns.  

Henri will also run over you without a thought, so make sure when you do open the gate that you get it open wide enough and quick enough that she doesn't crash into you...but that then only the boys can race through before Rebecca Boone and Chocula and sometimes Hershey bum rush you as well.  

Mia and Ford patiently wait at the side door and calmly step into the aisle when invited.

The old folks (Henri and Ford) and Mia (the puny one) eat on the mat in front of the feed room. This shot was taken on an auto setting.  The camera does the best it can to balance out the dark indoors with the bright outdoors.  Kind of an interesting shot.

This was taken using manual settings.  I bumped up the length of exposure so the sheep were brighter, but knew it was going to blow out the white trailer in the background.  Neither are great shots, but I like both if for no other reason than they tell me the story about how these three sheep eat breakfast.  With Weaslie and Claire Bear ;-).

There's a cut gate in the middle of the barn aisle.  Among other jobs, it also separates the kid's table from the adults.  I leave it open until all seven sheep are inside and the outside gate is latched. Mia and Ford politely go past the cut gate to their food.  Henri bulldozes over and starts chowing down at the lamb trough.  Where you could never get a Cotswold to raise their head from a feed tub, Henri, a Jacob, can be persuaded to move along.  Eventually.  And then that inside gate gets latched.

Baaxter has apparently decided he wasn't happy with where he was eating with his brothers and is jumping around, getting ready to jockey for a new position.  Hershey is looking on with disbelief as to why anyone would stop eating long enough to goof around.  Hershey's got some Cotswold in him ;-).

Baaxter has some "spoiled" in him.  Honestly, I think he's still completely surprised he's not still getting a bottle.  On days when he's being especially pitiful I'll let him sneak into the feed room with me and eat big ewe nuggets (see above) from my hand.  

But mostly he's pretty well integrated.

And that's the sheep feeding portion of the morning program.  After everyone goes back out, the Adventure Chickens move in and get their scratch grains on the mat.  And then Weaslie and I go back to the house for a second cup of coffee :-).


Michelle said...

I have a hard time believing that ANYone (except the very old or very young) would need supplemental feed at your farm with all that gorgeous grass!

Miha Giustina said...

One of my border collies must be related to some of your bump-into- and run-over-humans sheep:-).

Michelle said...

Nice to see everyone, cat and dog included, getting their fair share :)

Sheepmom said...

It's so pleasant to have a routine that everyone's on board with. No one ever has to be asked twice to come in for food! Happy to see Baaxter 'one of the gang' now. Couldn't even tell which butt was his - he has grown!

thecrazysheeplady said...

Only the oldies, but at this point, I have quite a few in the 10 and older range :-o.

Estelle's said...

What a lovely life you are having! The photos of these lovely animals are stunning! I feel like I am right there with you! Beautiful names.....I so appreciate you sharing!

Lisa Smith said...

What a lovely way to start the day! Breakfast at the Equinox Farm Cafe! Thank you, thank you, thank you so very much for this lovely look at your morning. I find myself waking up in the middle of the night (PST here in Oregon) to see what the day's post is all about! You paint such a rich picture with your words, Sara, that I feel as if I am right there observing it all in person.

Have a wonderful day!
Warm Regards, Lisa in Oregon

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

Your morning program beats anything I've seen in a long time--A most perfect way to start the day! The coffee makers could take a few cues from you!!

Willow said...

Yup that second cup is really good too, after all the chores.

Your barns gorgeous by the way !

Valerie said...

What a lovely post. =) Enjoyed reading your descriptions. I can just picture it all.
Blessings and Sunshine,

Susan Mckee-Nugent said...

Ah yes, 2nd cup for you and Weaslie too? Why not .... That was a great look see at all the behaviours. Very interesting how they manage you...

Anonymous said...

Your brown sheep at the top of the page with the black face... Do you know what kind it is? I have one just like it and no one seems to know what it is

thecrazysheeplady said...

The one with the white spots on his black face is a BL/CVM/Rambouillet/probably a little Cotwold mixed in. The other black face is a Jacob/Texel/Polypay cross. So all mutts ;-).


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