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Sand Hill Thicket Farm

Tales of stunning sunsets, happy sheep, and peace and quiet on a 10-acre farm in Northeastern Kansas.

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All Your Lamb Are Belong to Me!

Lambing has commenced! Gardenia, a first time mum, gave birth to a set of mismatched ewe lambs almost two weeks ago.

Cleaning Out a Dead Hive

Since the bees froze to death due to the #PolarVortex, we decided we better clean out the hive before critters and mold got to it. There was quite a bit of honey to harvest, but that's another post! We had a visitor while we were pulling honey frames out to take to the house.

Dyeing Locks & Making Roving For Needle Felting

I've decided I want to learn to needle felt. I was aiming to make a penguin for my first project. However, before I could begin, I needed to dye my wool to get all the colors needed.

The End of the Deep Freeze is Nigh!

I can't wait for the #PolarVortex to be fully gone! We've had either negative wind chills or negative temps every night since the 5th and we've been solidly under 25°F this entire time. Serious #DeepFreeze!

Ice Wars: Stock Tank Heaters

I think one of the greatest pet peeves of a livestock farmer is tank heaters that don't work. Nothing is more annoying than arriving to check or feed livestock and finding a frozen stock tank and a worthless piece of crap tank heater that randomly stopped working for no reason. It never fails to happen at the most inopportune times as well.

Orange Gives Lark A Bath

Orange gives Lark a bath. Warbler is so pushy...

Freezing Fog & Winter Doldrums

We had freezing fog on Tuesday morning, which resulted in a serious hoar frost. Oh boy, what a winter wonderland! I'm about done with winter wonderlands...

Warbler’s Tummy Trouble

When I came out for the evening feeding, she was lying down and getting up, and lying down and getting up, sitting down like a dog, kicking at her stomach with a back hoof, etc. and she wouldn't eat.

Snow & Black Lambs (Video Works Now!)

Yes, we had a dusting once before, but this is the first real decent snow for the lambs. They didn't quite know what to think, but then they went heels-up! We got about 5 inches on New Year's Day with some drifts approaching a foot.

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