Kia Ora from Papakura, AKL

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1 year 2 months ago #558392 by LifeStyleKP
Kia Ora Everyone,

My family and I have just purchased a little lifestyle block in Ardmore/Papakura, roughly 2 Acres. We're looking at getting 2/3 lambs for the little paddock we have and also a few chickens.

Having moved out of the city to get away from the hustle and bustle, we're only 2 weeks in and already love waking up to the sound of animals rather than traffic.

Keen learners so if there's anyone from the area we'd love to get in touch and learn what we need to.

Also - If anyone in the area has or know someone that has chickens and a few ewes for sale that would be awesome too =)

Ngā Mihi

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1 year 2 months ago #558395 by tonybaker
Hello and welcome, all the answers are on here somewhere!
Firstly make sure your lambs are self shedding types such as Wiltshire or Dorper.otherwise you will be chasing around trying to find a shearer. Create a small pen and have your water trough in it so that the sheep are used to going in there, hand feed them in there as well. They will eat your greenwaste such as potato peelings etc. That way you can easily pen them up if you need a vet. This time of year keep an eye on them for flystrike, if they get twitchy or separate themselves from other stock and lie down, that's a sign the maggots are busy. Sheep netting is a must rather than plain wire fences.

5 acres, Ferguson 35X and implements, Hanmay pto shredder, BMW Z3, Countax ride on mower, chooks, Dorper and Wiltshire sheep. Bosky wood burning central heating stove and radiators. Retro caravan. Growing our own food and preserving it. Small vineyard, crap wine. :)

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1 year 2 months ago #558397 by LifeStyleKP
Kia Ora Tony and thanks for the welcome/reply. I managed to find the 101 of owning sheep on here so was having a rad of that as well as the sheep breeds poster yesterday. Will be sure to keep an eye on the two breeds mentioned. Also thinking about whether it's worth buying the ewes through an agent or privately as it's only a small amount. In any case - will keep trawling through the forum for info.

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1 year 2 months ago #558400 by tonybaker
try these people , they are close to you. Buying through an agent adds costs.

5 acres, Ferguson 35X and implements, Hanmay pto shredder, BMW Z3, Countax ride on mower, chooks, Dorper and Wiltshire sheep. Bosky wood burning central heating stove and radiators. Retro caravan. Growing our own food and preserving it. Small vineyard, crap wine. :)

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1 year 2 months ago #558404 by LifeStyleKP
Thanks for that Tony! You've been nothing but helpful. If you're ever in the area swing by for a beer or 2.

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