Are you looking for miniature sheep? Do you want to know more about them? Maybe you want to know how big Babydoll’s get? Or, what they eat? Or, how to take care of them? Or, what they’re like to raise? Maybe you want to be able to tell if one of them is sick? Or, when one’s going to give birth? You’ve come to the right place.
We can answer all of the above questions for you and many of your other questions too, about Babydoll Southdown sheep. Just have a look around our website to answer many of your questions. If you have a question and you can’t find the answer to it on our website, send us an email, the address is at the bottom of every page, or you can click here for our email and we’ll get back to you with information for you between 24 and 48 hours at the latest. Or, you can also fill out the form on our Contact Us page and again, we’ll get back to you with your requested information (or our best answer) between 24 to 48 hours at the latest. You can click here for our Contact Us page.
Or we can point you in the right direction for more answers you’re having that we might not be able to answer… just check out our resources (Links) page. You can click here for our Resources (Links) page.
See…we had those same questions and many more… when we started our search for a small animal to learn to take care of… when we decided to leave the city behind and go back to our small-town roots.
We had just had it with city life. The job, the traffic, the pollution, the neighbors crowding in from both sides, and the myriad of dogs barking at all hours… E-N-O-U-G-H! …we said. It was time to try something else. We weren’t getting any younger.
So, we started researching…
We found that land down south in Colorado was a lot cheaper than in the hills west of Denver. And, that’s where we concentrated our search for land. Just a little land we hoped, maybe five acres. After much searching on the internet, we found five or six properties to look at. So, three hours to the southwest we went, with our real estate agent in tow, to look at properties.
Peggi liked the first one we saw and that’s the one we’ve been in since Memorial Day weekend 2012. See we’re new to this, too. But, you learn fast in the country. We got a very nice modular house, two out buildings, and 10 acres (fenced) for a good price. We’re very happy with it. And, the closest neighbors are a quarter-mile away… we found some elbow space and breathing room!
Since the purchase, the out buildings stand repaired (not painted but repaired). We had a steel barn put up for feed, a shop, and the ewes (female sheep) when they lamb (have babies). Peggi wired the barn for electricity and put flood lights out in the barnyard so she can see in the early morning hours to feed the sheep, and other animals, before she goes to work in Canon City, about 45 minutes away.
She’s the ranch wrangler of li’l burrhead ranch (that’s what we named our little spread) and I’m (MJ) the paperwork junkie. And we have a great working relationship.
Once our property was fixed up a bit, we started looking for our miniature livestock…
We located our first sheep in Kansas and drove east for 11 hours in our truck, with our dog crate in the back, to pick him up. He’s a good-looking guy, our little ram (intact male sheep) (#680 was his name). Our first sheep! We named him Aidan after an Irish Earle.
A month, or so later, we found three more sheep on the west side of Colorado, and picked them up with the same dog crate in the back of the Tacoma. This time it was another ram (RamSpot’s his name), and two wethers (neutered males, Socks, and Dobbie). The wethers keep the rams company and calm especially when the female sheep are in heat and it’s not breeding season. So, wethers have important jobs to do.
NOW, we needed some girls…
We discovered two ewes (female sheep) back on the west side of the state. So, again we packed the dog crate in the back of the Tacoma and headed west, crossing the Continental Divide, to pick up the girls (Tootsie and Sweet Pea). They turned out to be beautiful ewes, too. But, such funny names people give their lambs.
We now had our starting flock of six sheep. Then, we tracked down another ewe in (2013), in Kansas, and the owner was so nice to meet us half way, in Lamar, Colorado, to pick her up. That’s back out east of us once more. She’s yet another beauty. When her time comes and we place her with Aidan (ram, and our 1st sheep), they should produce very hardy and good-looking lambs. Nancy’s her name.
That’s our little ranch. Oh, I almost forgot. I was boasting so over the sheep, I should tell you about some of the other critters that share the ranch.
The guards for the sheep are a tough ole miniature mule (Ethel) and Bud a miniature Donkey. They both earn their keep just fine.
We have two German Shepard’s, and three lovely cats. But, too be sure, our cats own everybody and everything.
Most all of the animals are very friendly, except our obstinate mule Ethel… but she does a good job keeping any predators away. So, everyone has a job to do to contribute to the ranch.
Remember, if there’s anything we can do for you in your research about Babydoll Southdown sheep or starting a ranch/farm just contact us at the places we spoke about above, or look for our email address at the bottom of each page. Yes, we moved away from the city looking for more space, but Peggi and I (MJ) like to help people and we’d like to help you.
And if you’d like to come for a visit and see our Babydoll sheep just let us know… we can schedule an appointment and make that happen too!