Small sheep with smiling faces who love eating treats and meeting Dairy guests. Our miniature sheep have beautiful, soft wool (great for petting, or spinning when they get too hot).
Sheep have no upper front teeth, and nibble gently when hand fed. Very sweet natured, they do not typically butt or ram their heads into people.
Unlike larger sheep and goats, these mini sheep are easy to house behind short fences and light gates. They don't typically ram fences or challenge gates.
Our night housing serves the purpose of protecting the sheep from predators. Sheep require a night barn, or sheltered night pen with high, sturdy fences to protect against predators such as coyotes, bobcats and mountain lions.
Sheep concentrate on grazing, keeping four feet on the ground. Goats are typically browsers, not grazers. They tend to stand on their hind legs and reach up to bushes and trees.
The sheep keep the grass as low as possible. The entire East side of our Dairy is rich with large pastures for our little grazers. In the Fall, when grasslands dry, Eastern Santa Ana winds blow, and fires spark easily. We always ensure that our farm is well protected from wildfires, so our little ones stay safe.
Small sheep with woolly faces and legs, the Old English Babydoll Southdown sheep are naturally poled (no horns). They are small, and very gentle-natured. These sheep are most commonly either white, black, or gray.
Originally developed in England as a meat sheep, their wool is not prized for spinning. American's love this small breed for pets, petting zoos, and for keeping the weeds under control in orchards and vineyards.
A new American breed with foundation stock including the Babydoll, these sheep have less wool on the face and legs, making them easier keepers, as debris does not get trapped in the wool on their legs and faces. These sheep are also naturally poled (no horns) .
More athletic than the Babydolls, the Harlequin sheep put on quite a show skipping, prancing, and bouncing around the pastures. Their wool is either black with white markings, or white with black markings.
Looking for a great addition to your family farm, a friendly pet, or a flock of woolly entertainers to greet guests at your attraction? These little sheep are versatile and charming!
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This lamb is a harlequin. Both his sire and dam are highly colored.
Black lambs rarely stay jet black as the sun will fade their color. But when sheered will be jet black underneath.
Appaloosa is when a lamb is black with scattered "celestial" looking white markings (looking sort of like a galaxy.) Often a black ewe with spotted genetics will throw this color.
The spotted genetics will often show up on a black lamb as a white mark on the face. This happens often with a white ewe bred to a spotted ram. If the ewe has no genetics for spotting... this white spot will often show on her black lamb
White is white. No markings.
Our herd will be unlikely to produce white as we do not have any white ewes.
This gray ewe started out jet black with no white hairs at all. She turned to this lovely gray over three years. Many of the black lambs will turn to this. When this ewe is sheered, she is gray... not black at the roots.
Lambing is starting! You can scroll down below this section to see the new arrivals as the come. The sire to all the lambs is our appaloosa babydoll ram, Teddy. We have 10 ewes having lambs this season.
Some of the mothers are highly spotted and some are mostly black. Most are harlequin although I do have two babydoll ewes expecting so we will see what they have.
OUR HARLEQUINS: Our harlequin ewes all have a highly colored sire with blue eyes. Rather than keep breeding to the harlequins, we brought in Teddy, a small, dilute spotted babydoll ram that will give us the rounder fuzzier faces and hopefully some interesting genetics for color.
OUR BABYDOLLS: All three of our babydolls: both ewes and our ram, are appaloosa spotted in color and have high spotted genetics on both sides.
COLOR EXPECTATIONS: Most people who are contacting us are curious about spotted sheep. All of our ewes and our ram are from highly colored parents and grandparents. So even if a ewe is black, if she is bred to a ram with color or color genetics, she can have colored lambs.
TEMPERMENT: Although color is fun, the most important element is a good temperament. Although we love the high spotting of the harlequins, their temperament is less calm than the babydoll temperament. That and the confirmation is why we are breeding back to a very calm, small, sweet, fuzzy babydoll ram…. We love the spots but mostly want sweet, friendly sheep.
Here is a breakdown on what our typical prices are:
Black wether/no papers $400
Appaloosa wether/no papers $500
Spotted wether/no papers $600
Black ram/papers $600
Appaloosa ram/papers $700
Spotted ram/papers $800
Black ewe/papers $600
Spotted ewe/papers $900
Black wether/no papers $400
Appaloosa wether/no papers $500
Appaloosa ram/ papers $800
Spotted ram/papers 1,000
Black ewe/papers $800
Appaloosa ewe/papers $1,000
Spotted ewe/papers $1,200
Born Feb 23, 2021. Strong healthy ram lamb twins. The slightly larger one is very black. The slightly smaller one has small appaloosa markings. Out of Prissy, an Appaloosa Harlequin ewe and Teddy, our appaloosa Babydoll ram.
The first of Prissy's ram lambs looked completely black at first but he also shows small appy markings. We will however officially list him as black as the white flecks are very small. The curl on his fleece is so tight! He is going to have nice fiber.
Prissy's second lamb was a wee bit smaller and has a few appy markings on his neck sides and hips. really super curly fleece
Born Feb 27, 2021. Really pretty apaloosa markings and a very fuzzy babydoll face. Out of Nezelet, a spotted Harlequin ewe with strong babydoll features and Teddy, our appaloosa Babydoll ram.