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IMG_6644Our handsome Oxford Down ram Bertie has been enjoying the company of the lovely Jacob Ewes of Stepney City Farm as well as a few of our own ewes. He’s all raddled up and wasted little time! Putting a ram to the ewes now in November should mean lambs will arrive in April if all goes to plan as the typical gestation in sheep is 5 months.

The harness Bertie wears is called a raddle. This holds a crayon which marks the ewes as he services them. These markings allow farmers to keep track of which ewes have been covered and by changing the colour of crayon, when this occurs. By monitoring the marks, we can work out if and when the ewes have come into or gone out of season.

Mudchute Bertie seems to be doing a fine job, so we hope to welcome new lambs in the Spring. If any Oxford breeders are interested in his tupping services, please do get in touch via farm@mudchute.org.

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Meeting the new neighbours.

Meeting the new neighbours.

Last Saturday, we welcomed three new turkeys: Pedro, Florence and Gigi. We are happy to be able to offer these lovely birds a home. The trio come from a very loving home and are used to life in a stableyard. As a result they are accustomed to plenty of hustle and bustle and we think they’ll feel right at home here at Mudchute! We are keeping them apart from the rest of our flock to let them settle in, but hope to integrate them into our flock soon. The birds were a bit disoriented when they emerged from transport, but quickly began to explore their new home and our flock were keen to meet the newcomers! It wasn’t long before the handsome Pedro was gobbling happily and showing off his beautiful feathers. We hope the new turkeys will be very happy with us here on the farm!

A first peek out at their new home.

A first peek out at their new home.

Pedro's first gobble at Mudchute!

Pedro’s first gobble at Mudchute!

The handsome Pedro.

The handsome Pedro.