Olde English Southdown "Babydoll" Sheep
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Olde English Miniature Babydoll Southdown sheep are an ancient wool breed with the sweetest, teddy bear faces. They are outstanding pets who produce wool that is a hand spinner's delight. They provide organic weeding, make excellent companion animals, and are also a sound investment opportunity. We recently brought 4 sheep (2 unrelated rams and 2 ewes) here from Ontario so if you are looking for unrelated lines in B.C. we can hopefully help you out! Our sheep are purebred and are registered with either OEBSSR or NABSSAR, your choice. Please state your preference on registration if you have one when reserving.
Why Babydolls? (info adapted from www.oldeenglishbabydollregistry.com)
These little "Babydoll" sheep make excellent companions for everyone, including the young, elderly, and disabled. Their gentle nature makes them a joy to own, and their diminutive size makes them an excellent choice for 4-H projects. With daily interaction and some "treats" you can have them (literally) eating out of your hand in no time.
"Babydoll" fleece generally runs in the 19 to 22 micron range, which puts the fleece in the class of cashmere. Babydoll fleece also has more barbs per inch than any other wool type, making it ideal for blending with other fibers.
Vineyards and Orchards:
Weeding trials were sponsored and monitored by the association, utilizing "Babydolls" as organic weeders. They have been used with great success in wine vineyards as well as fruit and berry orchards since they will not harm the fruits, girdle trunks of trees, or harm shrubs. They leave the grounds well groomed and fertilize the soil as they graze.
"Babydoll" Southdowns are wonderful companion animals for other non-aggressive livestock. Their calm, docile disposition has a soothing effect on other livestock. They should not be kept with intact male llamas or alpacas who may attempt breeding with them. It is wise to introduce them gradually to other livestock by putting them in separate paddocks when they first arrive to their new home. This gives their new friends an opportunity to say hi without it being overwhelming to the Babydoll sheep.
"Babydolls" require the same care as other sheep breeds such as hoof trimming, worming, vaccinations, and yearly shearing. The handling facilities and feed are not as costly as with larger breeds. Shelter can be minimal, except at lambing time. Good fences are essential, more for protection from predators than containment since Babydolls do not challenge fences and do not wonder far. Portable electric mesh fences are great if you do not already have permanent fencing.
Feed, salt and mineral blocks are important for good health but you must make sure you do not give any sheep too much copper. Any feed, salt or mineral block that has added copper in it must be keep out of reach of any sheep.
Why we love our "Babydoll" Southdowns:
The "Babydoll" woolly teddy bear face will always give you a smile. Their short legs along with their small size allows them the ability to do well in small areas. They are ideal for suburban lot owners who want the tranquility of sheep as living lawn ornaments. Both ewes and rams are polled (have no horns) and are non-aggressive by nature. The ewes are good mothers, often raising twins and triplets with ease.
Because "Babydoll" Southdowns are an ancient breed, they are not prone to many of the modern sheep problems and are resistant to foot rot. We find them a lot quieter than the larger breeds.
One Important Note:
Because of their strong flocking instinct "Babydolls" do not do well as singles. They thrive on companionship and must be with their own kind or at least another breed of sheep. Due to this fact, lambs should only be sold in pairs if the buyer does not already have companions for their lamb.
You can read more about the history of the breed by clicking the button below.