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2015 Open Barn Dates Announced

2015 Open Barn Dates

We’re getting ready to host our third annual Open Barn Days at the farm! From 11am to 3pm on April 12th and April 19th, the public is welcome to visit our barn and see this year’s lambs, visit the other animals, and take a farm tour. Bring a picnic lunch and – if the weather is good – while away some time by the creek. If the weather’s bad, there’s always the hay loft!

This is a FREE event! Donations will be gratefully accepted to help defray costs. Look for the jar in the barn.

We’re trying to collect RSVPs, if possible, so that we can have an idea of how many people are planning to come. If you are on Facebook, you can visit one of the event pages and RSVP there. If you’re not on Facebook, a quick note to kate@leapinglambfarm.com with your RSVP would be most appreciated.

Looking forward to seeing you!

Visit our Rates & Directions page for directions to the farm.

More Spring Scenes From Around the Farm

Some photographer friends visited during Open Barn Days and captured some wonderful images of the lambs and other scenes around the farm. Here are a few more photos – with a hearty thanks to them for letting us share!

First, a peek into the chicken yard, where Bob (the Polish Tophat rooster) enjoyed showing off, and Ike (the Black Australorp rooster) posed with one of the girls…ike-bob-girls(Photos: Paul Deatherage)

Here we have the oldest rooster, Johnny… we’re trying to figure out where the best place is for him to spend the rest of his days. He’s slowed down and can’t hang with the other guys, but he seems a little lost out by the barn, too. In the four small images, we have Mouse being a lap-ram, PeaDiddy being curious, Deedee sunning herself, and Paco, as always, most interested in food.

Other scenes 2014-2
(Photos: Paul Deatherage and Pat Kight)

And, finally, a few final shots taken by our visitors… the leaping lamb sign on the house, a pink dogwood, barn decor, Honey Grove creek, and a sweet ewe chewing on some grass.

other scenes 2014(Photos: Paul Deatherage and Pat Kight)

Thanks again to everyone who came out to visit in April – today’s May 1st and we’re enjoying some warm weather and looking forward to summer right around the corner!

 

Spring has definitely arrived!

How can nearly four weeks have gone by since we put up the previous post announcing the first lamb of 2014? It’s been a whirlwind of activity here, with guests visiting, and lambs, and two public Open Barn days, and… yes, more lambs!

2014 Lambs 1

(Photo credits, clockwise from left: Paul Deatherage, Pat Kight, Paul Deatherage, Pat Kight, Paul Deatherage)

2014 Lambs 3We now have 40 lambs, four of which are bottle babies – or “bummer” lambs. Mouse (pictured at right) is a ram lamb that came from another farm. His mother rejected him shortly after he was born (she was startled by some goats, we were told), and he came to live at Leaping Lamb Farm in order to become a daddy ram when he grows up. Mouse is a Soay sheep, so he’ll also impart some different genetics into the Katahdin/Dorper mix we have here.

Our other bottle babies include the little woolie boy in the photo above – #94 there on the bottom left – who couldn’t seem to figure out how to eat on his own in the beginning. He hasn’t been rejected by his mom, though, and he’s learned to feed partially with a bottle and partially nursing from the ewe. The little girl pictured in the photo on the top right, above (standing) was rejected by her mother in a complicated case of baby stealing and then confusion as to who was actually hers. It seems the ewe probably took another ewe’s lamb – a twin – as her own, then when she had her own twins, she figured the second one to be born didn’t belong to her. We’ve named this incredibly sweet little girl Molly. The final bottle baby is an orphan lamb. He was a difficult birth for the ewe, and she sadly developed an infection after a day or two. He’s doing great with the bottle, though.

2014 Lambs 2

(Photo credits: Top left, Pat Kight; all others, Paul Deatherage) 

We opened the barn up to the public for two days this month (most of the photos in this post are from those events), and we had really wonderful turnouts and such a good time with everyone who was able to make it. The first Sunday, we could not have asked for more perfect weather. Some of the visitors took advantage of the sun and picnicked down by the creek… that is, until they were rudely interrupted by some horses and a donkey looking for snacks! Unfortunately, the good weather didn’t hold long enough for the second Open Barn day, but we still had some brave souls make it out, including a couple who traveled from Vancouver, WA! Thanks to everyone who made it out to the farm for either day – we really appreciate the time you spend with us!

Thanks also to the photographers who lend us the use of their images to help us show off all the animals and the farm. You help us to focus on the beauty here and not just the chores we see that need to be done.

Speaking of chores… time to go out and bottle feed some lambs! We’ll have some more photos from around the farm in the next post, so stay tuned!

It’s a boy!

Please say hello to our first lamb of 2014!

1st Lamb 2014

We hope you’ll be able to join us for one of our Open Barn Days events this month for even more cuteness.

Photo Recap of Sleep with the Sheep – Part 2

As promised, here are some more photos from the Sleep with the Sheep campout we held here at the farm on August 10th! Thanks again to our wonderful guests for making this such a fun event to host.

A littlethunder and rain drove us all into the barn for a bit, where we played a few games.

A little thunder and rain drove us all into the barn for a bit, where we played a few games.

 

Good friend and Alsea librarian, Nancy Cooke, read some stories.

Good friend and Alsea librarian, Nancy Cooke, read some stories. 

 

Remember going somewhere as a kid and making a friend for the day?

Remember going somewhere as a kid and making a friend for the day?

 

What is it about a creek that kids love so much?

What is it about a creek that kids love so much?

 

Is it the splashing?

Is it the splashing?

 

Or the wading?

Or the wading?

 

Or digging into the mud?

Or digging into the mud?

We may never have all the answers, but it’s clear that the creek is a huge draw for kids! On Sunday morning, with help from one of the dads, the kids spent a couple of hours stripping bark from fallen branches, attaching twigs and leaves and fashioning little rafts to float in the water.

Good night, sheep!

Good night, sheep!

 

(Photos: Dennis Rivera)