The following FAQ is a work-in-progress.
As time permits, we will add to this list of frequently asked questions. Let
see covered. Included are questions that I have been asked as well as interesting
tips. Some tips I learned the hard way and some were gleaned from books and
news groups. Also, we've included a few articles we've written.
Frequently Asked Question
How big do Icelandic sheep get?
Are all of your sheep registered?
Do you recommend Icelandics for someone just starting out with sheep?
When are lambs
for breeding stock available?
When are bred ewes available?
I don't want to
breed sheep, I just want the wool. Do Icelandic sheep make good pets?
I've kept a few ewes for
a couple years as pets. Now I'm thinking of getting a ram. What things
should I consider in starting to breed my ewes?
How much milk do you get from an Icelandic ewe?
Do you sell lamb meat?
Do you sell wool?
Are your sheep all horned.
How long do Icelandic sheep live?
Feed, Minerals, Water
What do you feed Icelandic sheep?
Icelandic sheep need mineral supplements?
Do sheep have special water needs?
Pasture and Fencing
I have 5 acres of pasture. How many sheep will that feed?
What kind of
fencing do you use?
Should the pasture
"Icelandic sheep mostly take care of themselves."
The thing most needed at lambing time is for us, as shepherds, to keep
repeating the above statement to ourselves, and, to have patience.
Having a mentor is definitely a good thing. And, if
you are fortunate enough to have a large animal veterinarian close by
that answers their
phone at all hours -- that's another good thing. But, do you want
to call a friend or vet in the middle of the night? Will they be available
you have a problem? In my opinion, self reliance is the best 'good thing'.
What reference books are recommended?
Do ewes and lambs need to be moved to a lambing pen?
What things should I have on hand in my lambing care kit?
My ewe had a somewhat difficult delivery. What can I do to pep her up?
What should I do to wean a lamb?
What should I do when I find a lamb just born?
What vaccines and shots does a new lamb need?
Do you have to dock lambs' tails?
Usually I handle sheep alone. Some shepherds have herding dogs to help out.
Here are a few tips for "flying solo" with a small flock.
How do I catch and move a sheep?
How do I tip a sheep up, on its rear end?
What is involved with shearing?
I have two (or more) rams that are head butting. Is that a problem?
Note that I am not a vet. The following
should be taken as "first-aid" suggestions only. If in doubt,
call a vet.
How often should I deworm?
How do I inject a sheep with vaccine?
have a lamb/ewe/ram/wether that has the mopes and is not eating
as usual. Are there any home remedies I can try?
One of my sheep is suddenly limping. What should I do?
One sheep is laying
down frequently or repeatedly laying down and getting up. What could
Any other routine management tasks for Icelandics?