Wednesday, April 28, 2010
The Rest of the Story...
As told by Dazzle...
"You wouldn't believe what Mom did to me!"
"First, she put one of those rope things around my head and drug me out of the pasture..."
"Then, she ties me to the gate and the stupid CHICKENS were laughing at me!"
"And then she starts ripping my long, soft, gorgeous fleece right off of my body!!!"
"OK. So it didn't actually hurt, or anything. But it was still embarrassing!"
"Of course, being the perfect little angel that I am, I stood there calmly and quietly and endured the humiliation of it all"
"Except when Mom tried to pull the wool that was up by my ribs or down by my tummy! That wool didn't slide right off and I didn't like it when Mom tried to pull it so she left that alone."
"Mom, said we can always get the rest of the wool another day..."
"I'm thinking NOT !!!"
"I don't see her pulling the wool off of any of the other sheep! What about Dreamer??? How come Mom doesn't tie HER up and pull HER wool off?"
"Cuz I'm SPECIAL!"
That you are, Dreamer. That you are. But the truth is, I didn't roo your fleece because it isn't ready to be rooed. It's quite common for a Shetland's fleece to 'release' when the new fleece is starting to grow in. At that time, the old fleece starts falling out and the shepherd will see chunks of wool hanging from the sheep. Dazzle had huge chunks of wool just falling off her rear end. For those who asked, it's not an indication of anything wrong. In fact, it makes removing the fleece quite easy and it makes for a much cleaner fleece. I love a fleece that roos easily!
Although Dream's fleece doesn't appear to be ready to roo, I did notice that Alice has quite a few chunks hanging. I wonder if it has anything to do with the earlier lambing date for some of the girls...