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I applied Tea Tree oil to a few sheep the other day.  The next day those sheep had more flies than normal.  :(  But at least they enjoyed the message.

Yesterday I applied DE to some of the sheep and to main places they like to sleep. Let's see if that makes them less itchy.
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2 days ago
No yarn for you today.  I'm currently engaged in some top secret weaving projects.  So secret that if someone comes to my house, I'm required to cover the looms so they can't see what I'm doing.

Here I am setting up for a photo shoot. 



The 'cloth' goes on the chair, or at least that's the plan, but what angle to have the chair?  Such tough decisions.  To the right is the most light this time of day. 
2 days ago
Thinking more about DE and tea tree oil - if the infestation occurs when the sheep have a  lot of wool, how does one get the treatment into the area where the lice are?
I'm looking for ideas for natural treatments I can try for lice on my sheep.  They are freshly shorn, so it should be easy to apply something topical.  I would love to avoid harsh chemicals that parasites can build up a resistance to if possible.

this link suggests tea tree oil.  What other options are there?  Will Diatomaceous earth work?
Justin Rhodes video today is Amazing! 

He's talking about permaculture design to increase abundance. 

Justin Rhodes had to quit his job when he contracted Lymes disease.  See how he used permaculture principles to design his homestead, business, and life and brought healing.  Justin will also show you how to layout your property and possibly change your life.

Learn how to layout your homestead for maximum efficiency.
Understand ZONE planning to know exactly where to put EVERYTHING.
End the confusion and learn exactly where to START.
Walk away with a “no guess” formula for knowing the right place for everything.
Understand how to use wild energies and slope to your advantage.



10:46 - lovely shout out to and quote of Paul Wheaton!
3 days ago
For my cloth pads, I soak them for a day in cool water then toss them in the wash with the other clothing.  The rinse water washes out the stain.  The biggest problem I have with mine is that they don't dry fast enough on the line, so I end up putting them in the dryer.

If I can't wash the pads right away, I soak them for a day, then dry them until the next wash day.
3 days ago
Hair sheep are okay.  The ones I kept were more prone to disease and diet than any woolly sheep I've had.  They are the only sheep I've had to give antibiotics and regular wormer.  For me, the primary value in the sheep is the wool. Lambs and meat sales are just there to cover basic costs with our local meat prices being so low.

Docking... hm, I have a lot to say on the topic.  It is probably going to drive this conversation in the wrong direction.  Trying to keep it on topic. 

Docking does more good than harm.  It doesn't mean I like it, but I do it for breeds that need it because the alternative is horrific.    That said, not every sheep needs to be docked.  Many of the older breeds don't need docking, like Black Welsh Mountain, Icelandic, Shetlands, basically the Finn descendants.  They either have short tails, non-woolly legs, or have the good sense to lift up their tails high enough to do their business.  They are also less sensitive to changes in diet so less likely to get scours.  I'm guessing that some of Ray's flock might be this kind of sheep.  Maybe that's why they aren't showing symptoms. 

does the length of the link make a difference?

Can you tell us more about 'not working'?  What does it look like?  A blank screen?  an error message? 
A 'poopy' bum is a bad thing for sheep.

  • it is the symptom of a greater health issue
  • it can cause a really nasty death because it attracts flies who lay their maggots in the poop and start eating the inside of the sheep.


  • Cotswold are supposedly sensitive to nitrogen and high moisture grass.  I wonder if that's causing it.  Good idea moving them back to the old pasture.  It will help you get an idea if it's environmental or something more serious.