Procedure for Purchasing Sheep:
If you would like to be put on my list for 2017 lambs, this is how it works:
- "The List" Contact me at Mail@MyLittleSheep.com as early as possible to be placed on "The List". In the spring (lambing season), I will start working down the list to clarify what types (ewe, ram, wether, color, etc.) and how many are wanted. Once the lambs are born and specific ones are selected, you will be sent pictures and information about them. At that time, the deposit will be requested (50% of cost). It will need to be received within two weeks of the request, or the lambs will be offered to another person on the list. (If this happens to you, I will place your name at the bottom of the list. So it does not necessarily mean you won't be able to get lambs, but it does decrease your odds.) If a deposit has been paid and I end up being unable to provide the lamb, your deposit will be refunded in entirety.
- Registration Ewe and ram lambs will be registered with the NABSSAR registry, and also transfered into the new owner's name once the sale is complete. You can expect to get their registration papers about 4 weeks after you pick up your lambs. Another option is to have them registered with the Olde English Babydoll Southdown registry instead. Or they can be double-registered. Just let me know. All of our flock is double-registered, so all options are possible. (With the Olde English registry, the new owner must become a member and do their own transfers.) Wethers are not typically registered. For links to the websites of both registries, see the "Useful Links" page.
- Health Issues All lambs will have had their tails docked (banded) their first week. They will be current with their CD&T vaccinations. They will have a scrapie tag in an ear for identification and to meet transporting requirements (I use the smallest, most inconspicuous tag available). They will be dewormed the day they are picked up. Their hooves will be trimmed.
- Transportation If they are to be transported across state lines, the lambs will need a veterinarian exam and health certificate. I will have this done at my expense, but any additional required testing specific to your state is the responsibility of the buyer at the buyer's expense. If you are not sure which tests are required to import sheep to your state, please ask your local veterinarian. Click here for a website that also may be helpful with state to state transportation. Typically, the health certificate is only good for 30 days so if your plans change to pick up your lamb, you will responsible for paying for another exam if that is necessary. We do not allow our sheep to be shipped by plane so other arrangements will need to be made. Also, if transporting in the back of a pickup, a cover over the pen (such as a tarp) is needed to provide shade from the sun and shelter from the wind. Most buyers transport the lambs inside their vehicles using large dog crates, which works very well.
- Timing We will plan our lambing to start around the end of March. Since we like to give our lambs the best opportunity for a healthy, happy, natural start in life, we leave them with their mothers until they are at least 8 weeks of age (weaning age). Most lambs leave for their new homes in June.
- Bottle Lambs I do not sell bottle lambs before they are 8 weeks old. Although they are more labor-intensive to raise, I would rather have a healthy 8 week-old leave here for their new home, than a broken-hearted person calling me with tragic news. (Bottle lambs are very vulnerable to health problems during those first weeks.) If you want a lamb that has been a bottle baby, that may be possible, but the lamb will not have been raised as a "house pet". They continue to live with the flock. Also, some of my most friendly adult sheep were not bottle babies...so you can be assured that the time you spend interacting with your new lamb is of much more importance.
- Other Important Considerations We reserve the right to decide to not sell a sheep for any reason. Our sheep are not sold for meat. Since they are a flock animal, if only one is purchased it needs to "go home" to a flock or at least one other sheep. A wether (neutered male) is an ideal companion! The other sheep does not need to be a Babydoll, but does need to be a sheep (a goat is a very different animal).