Farm Day Fun

 We had so much fun on Farm Day this Monday that we forgot to take pictures!

I have some videos of past Farm Days. Some of the videos and pictures you see will be from a few years ago. I’m so sorry about forgetting to take photos!

The sheep shearer was here to shear 6 sheep. He sheared 3 white sheep, one brown sheep, and 2 black sheep.

This is a sheep we sheared 2 years ago. Have you seen a sheep getting sheared?

This sheep looks floppy, doesn’t he! Sheep shearers put the sheep on their tail. When the sheep sits on it’s tail, it almost falls asleep. It’s easier for the shearer, and it’s much easier on the sheep. 
This is Cocoa with all his fleece.
Our brown and black sheep have lots of fleece! People who spin wool and weave love their fleece because the ‘hair’ is so long.
Do you see Cocoa between the two white sheep?
His horns look the same, but his body looks very different.
He’s not skinny, but he doesn’t look as big and fat as he did when he had his wool coat on.

This is what Toby looks like without his wool coat. He’s still cute!

All the sheep are so much happier now that their winter coats are gone. They were getting so hot! 

This is what one of the white sheep’s fleece looked like.

The white sheep don’t have very nice wool. There are different breeds (kinds) of sheep, just like there are different dog breeds. This wool gets used in the garden around the plants to help keep the weeds down, and to help keep the soil cool and moist. Plants love it!

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My friend was here with her spinning wheel. She really enjoyed meeting all of you who stopped to watch and talk with her. She had some very good questions, and liked being able to answer questions.

This is a video of me spinning wool. It’s a few years old, but spinning wool hasn’t changed. People have been spinning wool like this for hundreds of year. My friend has the same kind of spinning wheel. She was spinning outside, and letting everyone get close enough to see just what she was doing.

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We had a station where children could felt soap. I really wish I had a photo of what the finished soaps looked like. I hope yours turned out great! 

If you have a picture of your felted soap, send it to your teacher and I’ll put it here for everyone to see.

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I put a little sweater on the new little lamb when it got cold. Little One (the mama sheep) and the new baby stayed in a stall for a few days. That helps the mama keep track of the baby. Baby lambs sometimes get lost, and the mamas don’t like that at all.

Lots of families liked visiting the two new lambs. Some people got to feed Bunny a bottle. They thought that was so much fun! Bunny is a very soft lamb, and she loves people. You got to see a video of Bunny eating last week

Bunny and the new lamb are getting along well. They are old enough that they like playing together. Little One (mama) doesn’t mind Bunny at all. She won’t feed Bunny, but she keeps an eye out for her, and lets her play with the black baby.

The new lamb doesn’t have a name yet. I’d love to hear what your ideas are! You can leave them in the comments below, or write your ideas down and give them to your teacher. 

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We had a children’s book exchange table. All the books that were left on the table were donated to a new teacher’s classroom. We were so glad to be able to find a good home for all those books.

A lot of children had fun walking the chickens. 

My neighbor was at the station with the chickens, turkeys, and ducks. She did a great job over there! She had harnesses and leashes for two chickens. Have you ever walked a chicken?

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Guess what! Gracie, the turkey, was sitting on duck eggs.
She hatched out a duckling yesterday!
I’m not sure how she will do raising a duckling. I’ll keep you posted.

Thanks for coming to visit the farm!

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